Kevin Hayes and the Winnipeg Jets, sooner or later, we’re given the two factors they desperately wished.
Hayes scored at three:38 of time beyond regulation as Winnipeg defeated the Chicago Blackhawks four-3 on Monday night to snap a three-game slide and move into sole ownership of first place within the Central Division. Hayes reduces to the internet of the proper side, got past Dylan Strome, and tucked a shot beyond Corey Crawford. As a result, Winnipeg advanced to ninety-six points, beforehand of St. Louis and Nashville atop the crowded division race. “When you get to 3-on-three (in time beyond regulation), it’s some open ice,” stated Hayes, whose nineteenth intention ended it. “Ultimately, we got the 2 points, and that is what we came right here to do. It’s one step closer to completing in the first area.”
Hayes got here through after lingering on the ice longer than the train Paul Maurice wanted. “It becomes definitely excellent, particularly due to the fact his coach changed into screaming for him to get off the ice for approximately 30 seconds, until he went down and scored,” Maurice said. “I love the confidence.” Strome, who hadn’t scored in his past 12 games, netted his 2d purpose of the game with 2:20 left inside the 0.33 length to tie it at three. By income a point, Chicago prevented being removed from playoff contention for the second one instantly season — for now. “I realize where we stand, but now isn’t the time to evaluate whatever or summarize anything,” educate Jeremy Colliton said. “I just need us to perform to our highest degree. That’s how we’re going to flow this factor ahead.”
If the Colorado Avalanche earns one point Tuesday towards Edmonton, the Blackhawks are out of the playoffs.
“We put ourselves in that situation,” defenseman Duncan Keith said. “That’s the difficult part, understanding that we’re on this hollow. But there is nothing we will do about it now. Hopefully, they lose, and hopefully, we win the following game.” Strome, who also had help, beat goalie Connor Hellebuyck on the stick side from the slot after taking a centering bypass from Jonathan Toews. Crawford changed into on the bench for an extra attacker.
Jack Roslovic scored desires to give up a 22-recreation drought, and Adam Lowry also aimed for the Jets. Roslovic scored for the primary time on Feb. 2 when he netted a hat trick as opposed to Anaheim.
Toews had a purpose and help for Chicago and set a profession excessive for points with 78. The 30-12 months-antique Chicago captain’s 34th purpose tied his exceptional for one season, set in 2008-09. Hellebuyck made 25 saves. Crawford stopped 34 pictures, and Mark Scheifele’s penalty shot 40 seconds into the second one length. However, Chicago was misplaced for the third time in its last 4. The Jets, who have clinched a playoff berth, conclude the regular season with three more magnificent street games: Minnesota, Colorado, and Arizona. Both the Predators and Blues have three games final as correctly. Before lacking the playoffs final yr, Chicago had a run of 9 immediately postseason appearances that blanketed Stanley Cup championships in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
Toews opened the scoring four:25 in with an energy-play purpose from the right circle. He beat Hellebuyck among the legs as Jacob Trouba screened. Lowry tied it at 1 halfway thru the primary on a shot from the left circle that slipped beyond Crawford on the quick facet. Roslovic put Winnipeg ahead 2-1 with 34 seconds left within the duration. After stealing the p., C. Gustav Forsling connected on a shot from close to the purpose line on the proper slide that slipped between Crawford’s pads.
Crawford made a natural store on Scheifele’s penalty shot, presented to the Jets’ pinnacle intention scorer after Toews hooked him from behind on a breakaway. Roslovic took Trouba’s centering skip and made it three-1 at five:11 of the second on a quick shot from the slot that beat Crawford excessive on the glove aspect. Strome cut it to three-2 just 1:12 later, scoring from the brink of the crease after he beat Winnipeg’s Nathan Beaulieu to an unfastened %. Scheifele fired a shot past Crawford from the left circle with three minutes left in the 1/3 period. Still, the aim turned into disallowed after a video evaluation confirmed the Jets entered the region offside.
Strome, obtained from Arizona in a trade on Nov. 25, 2018, has 16 desires and 32 assists in 55 video games with Chicago. … Blackhawks forward David Kampf sat out with a facial injury sustained when he turned into struck with a % in Los Angeles on Saturday. … No NHL crew based totally in Winnipeg has ever finished in the first region. The cutting-edge Jets franchise, which entered the NHL in 1999-2000 as the Atlanta Thrashers, finished first in the league’s vintage Southeast Division in 2006-07. The team moved to Winnipeg in 2011. The original Winnipeg Jets franchise, which entered the NHL from the WHA in 1979, never completed higher than second earlier than moving to Phoenix in 1996.