Brossoit makes 42 saves, Jets defeat Hurricanes
Connor, Ehlers, Scheifele each has 2 points for Winnipeg
“Today I felt more like myself, more like I did last year,” Brossoit said. “Now I'm looking to harness that and continue on that path.
“It’s kind of funny, whether you're the team that's getting lots of shots against or you're the team that's shooting a lot, it always seems to be the other team that gets the higher danger chances on the counter and off the rush, and that seemed to be what happened tonight."
“[Brossoit] was pretty incredible,” Ehlers said. “Our goalies have been outstanding all year. ... It’s a huge win. After our three-game losing streak there, to get back and get two wins in a row, we needed that. We needed to get back on track and play better. We’ve done that.”
Martin Necas scored for the Hurricanes (14-9-1), who had their four-game point streak end (3-0-1). Antti Raanta made 20 saves.
“We played a good game and that’s a really good team,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “I thought we pretty much dominated the first period, and we’re down one. That’s just the way it goes sometimes. And we weren’t able to get the back of the net. The middle period, we were even, and the third period, again, we were pretty good. We had a lot of opportunities, we just weren’t able to find the back of the net.”
Connor gave the Jets a 1-0 lead at 16:58 of the first period, finishing blocker side from in close off a saucer pass from Ehlers on a 2-on-1.
“The first three games we played together we created a lot of chances, and yeah, we got a couple,” Ehlers said of his linemates Connor and Scheifele. “Last game (a 3-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday), we thought that we could have had a lot more. Tonight, playing against a team that’s not going to give you a lot, we were able to create some pretty good scoring chances and scored two.”
Carolina outshot Winnipeg 15-3 in the first period.
“You’re not going to beat that team without great goaltending,” Jets coach Rick Bowness said. “They just throw everything they can at the net from every angle. Again, their forwards are all big, strong and fast, and they get in there. They’re tough to defend. You’re not going to beat that team without great goaltending with the way that they play.”
Ehlers extended the lead to 2-0 at 11:39 of the second period. He scored blocker side from the high slot off a pass from Scheifele from along the goal line.
“He knows where guys are,” Ehlers said of Scheifele. “He is pretty good at reading where guys are going to be as well. He’s done that play before, and I knew that going to the net he was going behind the goal line, so I was trying to find that high slot to be able to get into a scoring position, and he found me. So all around, I think that was a pretty nice passing play from [Connor] and [Scheifele].”
Necas cut it to 2-1 at 19:09 of the second when his wraparound attempt deflected in off the skate of Jets defenseman Dylan DeMelo.
“Lots of games this year I feel like we’re kind of dominating if you look at the game from a shots perspective,” Necas said. “But we’re not winning, so, like I said, [we need to] try to create more Grade A [chances] and get in front.”
NOTES: Brossoit was one save shy of tying his NHL career high. ... It was Scheifele's 170th multipoint game, the second-most in Jets/Atlanta Thrashers history. Blake Wheeler is first with 200. … Winnipeg is 7-0-2 against Eastern Conference opponents this season. … Connor's goal was his first in seven games.