SUNRISE Fl – The Winnipeg Jets played a disciplined and high-octane game against the Florida Panthers Wednesday night, and had no problem getting their second win in as many days with a 4-1 decision.
Shawn Matthias opened the scoring with his 5th of the season after redirecting a Paul Postma slapshot from the blue-line to give the Jets an early 1-0 lead 5 minutes into the second period.
Patrik Laine followed suite snapping a wrist shot past Roberto Luongo shortly after to put the Jets up by 2, the goal also gave Laine sole possession of the rookie scoring lead.
Florida would respond late in the Period with Greg Mckegg’s first goal of the season, but that would be all the offence the Panthers would produce.
The Third period opened with Nokolaj Ehlers netting his 13th goal of the season off a nifty pass from Bryan Little to increase the Jets lead to 4, and Mark Scheifele would give the Jets an insurance marker after Jacob Trouba had the puck on a string before giving Scheifele a beautiful pass.
The Jets only took one penalty all game and peppered Luongo with 39 shots, but jets net-minder Connor Hellebuyck stood on his head as well, stopping 32 Panthers shots to improve the Jets record to 19-19-3
Winnipeg will take some time off before heading to Buffalo on Saturday to face the Sabers.