Winnipeg – The NY Islanders have enjoyed a fair amount of success at MTS Centre since the return of the NHL to Winnipeg. That trend continued on Saturday Night with the Isles improving their record to 7-0-1 over the past 5 1/2 seasons following a 6-2 win over the Jets to close out 2016.
New York Captain John Tavares scored once and set up another goal to go into the New Year with 498 career points. And the other standout for the visitors was goalie Thomas Greiss, who made 32 saves in his first start after the organization’s decision to place veteran Jaroslav Halak on waivers.
Nikolay Kulemin, Shane Prince, Ryan Strome, Anders Lee, and former Winnipeg Captain Andrew Ladd scored for the Islanders who had built up a 4-0 lead by the time Connor Hellebuyck was given the hook after facing just 15 shots.
Shawn Matthias scored shorthanded in the final minute of the second period, and Nikolaj Ehlers added a powerplay goal with just over 3 minutes to play for the 17-19-3 Jets who remain ahead of only Arizona and Colorado in the Western Conference approaching the midway point of the season.
And Winnipeg has a challenging start to 2017 as they play 6 of their first 8 games in the New Year on the road, beginning Tuesday Night at Tampa Bay.