Fact: the Winnipeg Jets own the Vancouver Canucks.
This was reaffirmed Friday night as Winnipeg defeated the Canucks for the ninth time in a row, polishing off the visitors at the MTS Centre by a final score of 4-1.
Kyle Connor, Jack Roslovic, Mark Scheifele, and Adam Lowry had goals for the home team, while J.T. Miller had the lone Vancouver goal.
Even with the loss, the Canucks are third in the Pacific Division with a 9-5-3 record. The Jets are 9-7-1, fourth in the Central Division.
But head-to-head, the Jets pulled ahead as they are wont to do.
It was the second loss in a row for the Canucks, who blew it against the struggling Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. Much has been made about the struggles of the Jets, too, so losing to two such clubs has to sting at least a little for the West Coasters.
Vancouver has never really done all that well in Winnipeg. This was their seventh straight loss in five and a half years visiting the Jets. They’ve been outscored 22-5.
Winnipeg could certainly use the win. This season has been tumultuous all around and we’re only in November. Getting a win over a team you usually defeat might be easy pickings, so to speak, but it’s nice to start building momentum.
“I think as the game went on we just got better all around,” Connor said. “More speed, I’m sure you hear [coach Paul Maurice] talk about it. I think that’s when we’re at our best. The hands follow. You start to think the game at a higher pace and you see plays more often too.”
In fairness to Vancouver, the game was close for a good while. The Jets were ahead 2-1 at 16:54 of the third period and it took until 13:27 of the third for the wheels to finally fall off. In the meantime, the Canucks kept up the pressure on Connor Hellebuyck – especially when Bo Horvat nearly had the tying goal on a honey of a chance just a few seconds before the Connor goal.
So it goes.
The Canucks, who last defeated the Jets in December of 2016 at home, are 1-2-2 in their last five games after running 8-1-1. They’ll have another chance to get back to basics as they face the New Jersey Devils Sunday afternoon at home.
Winnipeg has the Dallas Stars up next, also Sunday.
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