Precisely two weeks after sweeping the Edmonton Oilers, the Winnipeg Jets have been on the opposite finish of a sequence sweep.
Tyler Toffoli scored the game-winner 1:30 into extra time because the Montreal Canadiens beat the Jets 3-2 to win the sequence 4-0.
Erik Gustafsson and Artturi Lehkonen had the opposite objectives for Montreal, as they busted out to a 2-0 lead within the first interval.
Logan Stanley scored each objectives for the Jets within the second interval to ultimately ship the sport to extra time.
Montreal would open the scoring on the powerplay after Andrew Copp took a penalty for high-sticking. Nate Thompson turned the puck over on the Winnipeg blue line, and Gustafsson’s slap shot hit the submit and beat a screened Connor Hellebuyck,
The Canadiens scored the primary aim in each recreation of the sequence.
The Jets would instantly get an opportunity to reply however have been unable to punish a penalty to Montreal’s Brett Kulak. Winnipeg struggled to ascertain time within the offensive zone, with quite a few dump-ins rapidly transitioned by the Canadiens.
Montreal would add to their lead simply earlier than intermission. A beautiful tip by Lehkonen off a shot by Kulak beat Hellebuyck with 51 seconds left within the body. The Canadiens outshot the Jets 12-7 within the first interval.
Stanley would give the Jets life within the second interval. The towering rookie defenceman beat Carey Value on the blocker aspect with a superbly positioned wrist shot into the highest nook for his first profession playoff aim.
The primary-year defenceman wasn’t accomplished there. After a save by Hellebuyck on Brendan Gallagher, the Jets took the puck the opposite approach and Kyle Connor discovered Stanley for a one-timer alternative, and he slapped the puck previous Value for his second of the evening.
Montreal continued to dominate Winnipeg within the shot column by 40 minutes, outshooting the Jets 13-4 within the second interval.
That pattern continued into the third. Montreal was up 37-12 within the shot column by the midway mark of the interval. Hellebuyck stored the Jets within the recreation with a number of key saves. Regardless of a shot margin of 39-16 by regulation, the rating remained tied,
Toffoli would clinch the sequence for Montreal after a cross-crease go by Cole Caufield discovered the veteran ahead extensive open, and he blasted the puck previous a sprawling Hellebuyck.
Toffoli (2 objectives, 3 assists) had a degree in each recreation of the sequence and is now on a 6-game level streak within the playoffs.
The loss caps off a sequence the place the Jets struggled to create offence. Winnipeg scored simply six objectives within the four-game sequence and was shut out in Recreation 2. Kyle Connor was the lone participant on the Jets’ high two strains to attain within the sequence. The opposite objectives got here from Stanley (2), Adam Lowry (2), and Derek Forbort.
Star centre Mark Scheifele completed the playoffs serving a suspension for his Recreation 1 hit on Canadiens ahead Jake Evans and can miss the opening recreation of subsequent 12 months’s common season.
With the victory, the Canadiens advance out of the all-Canadian North Division and would be the first crew from the nation to face American opposition in 2021. They may face the winner of the sequence between the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche, which is tied 2-2.
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