Put on your reading glasses because this one is a doozy. The Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets put on a show tonight in the city of Winnipeg.
The game started with seven goals in the first period alone. To open the scoring, in a span of about four minutes, the Winnipeg Jets scored four goals. Evgeny Svechnikov started it with the first goal at 5:21. Then Nate Schmidt and Adam Lowry added goals of their own at 5:57 and 8:46 respectively. Mark Scheifele capped that 4th goal at the 9:13 mark. 4-0 before it’s even 10 minutes into the game? Hell of a start.
But Josh Anderson decided he was having none of that shit. He swooped in and broke the Jets shutout with a goal at 11:18 into the first. Then, about six minutes later with the Habs on the power play, Anderson scored his second goal to make things interesting. Artturi Lehkonen added another Habs’ goal a minute and a half later and all of a sudden the Jets’ 4-0 lead against the worst team in the league gets washed down to 4-3 heading into the second.
Into the middle frame, Anderson kept the pressure cookin’. He scored his 3rd goal just 4:08 into the period and things are now tied 4-4! That was Anderson’s first career hat trick and his 13th, 14th, and 15th goals this season with Montreal. Both sides kept things tied for a while but Andrew Copp gave the Jets the lead once more with a power-play goal with two minutes left in the period.
The Jets powered through the Habs in the final 20 minutes, scoring three powerplay goals to get this game to an 8-4 final. They also had to kill a few penalties kills themselves, one of which being on this Mark Scheifele fight with Chris Wideman.
Here’s the highlights from the night so every other paragraph of this blog isn’t a tweet:
Not the kind of game we were expecting to see from the Jets and Canadiens on a Tuesday night but at least it was interesting. The Jets last game got a bit dicy when the Coyotes had a 3-2 lead going into the third period. Luckily they scored three third-period goals otherwise that could have been their 5th straight loss. I think they needed to win this one to find some kind of footing. They’re 24-21-9 on the season, 6th in the Central behind Dallas. Everyone has been hyping up the Jets for years but they’ve been the Canadian Predators to me. They’re good enough to make playoffs but not good enough to go very far. This season has not been kind to them and the Habs nearly dislodged it further with an upset. Regardless, you can always rely on the Habs to throw an absolute wrench in the plans and make things weird on a random Tuesday night.
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