Ryan Getzlaf’s third-period goal came on the power play and was the game-winner as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Monday night at MTS Centre.
Logan Shaw and Rickard Rakell also scored for Anaheim (27-14-9).
Andrew Copp and Nikolaj Ehlers scored for Winnipeg (22-24-4).
In a game that saw a combined seven power-play opportunities and over 30 minutes in penalties, the Jets and Ducks battled in a physical and chippy affair.
Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec stopped 24 shots and suffered his first loss of the season since the longtime Winnipeg starter was recalled from the American Hockey League a week ago.
Ducks No. 2 netminder Jonathan Bernier turned away 30 shots to capture his eighth win of the season.
Andrew Copp was the first to score for the Jets, and even he wasn’t comfortable with their first period performance.
“The first period wasn’t our best… but after that I thought we played a real solid, fast game” the scorer said.
Winnipeg Coach Paul Maurice was hoping to get their first 3 game win streak this season, but admits Anaheim brought the fight to them on Monday night. “It was a battle right from the get go” he tweeted.
He also mentioned Drew Stafford’s injury in the post-game interview, saying it was a lower body injury and that they would know more tomorrow.
In terms of Patrik Laine’s much anticipated return, Maurice says yesterday he had his restrictions removed and they will see after a couple days of full contact practices.
Next up for the Jets is the San Jose Sharks at the MTS Centre tomorrow evening.