ST. LOUIS – The Winnipeg Jets knew they had to come out with a high intensity game after the All-Star break, and the team didn’t disappoint.
Ondrej Pavelec was between the pipes for his 5th start in 6 games, meanwhile on the other side of the ice Jake Allen made his first start, after being pulled 4 times in his last 6 starts.
Alex Steen opened the scoring early in the first period after a slap shot that tipped off Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey’s skate and into the back of the net to put the Blues in front 1-0.
Late in the first frame Mark Scheifele made a great feed to Blake Wheeler, hopped over a defenseman, then got the puck back and smacked it into the wide open net to tie things up. That goal was Scheifele’s 23rd on the season.
The Jets used their momentum to kick things off quickly in the 2nd period. All-Star Patrik Laine recieved a pass from Mark Scheifele in the right circle and zipped a wrist shot past Jake Allen to put the Jets in front 2-1.
Five minutes later, Paul Stastny headed to the box after tripping up Bryan Little, and on the power play Nikolaj Ehlers grabbed the puck off the boards, curled around a defender and picked the corner on struggling Jake Allen to extend the Jets lead.
Before the period was up Vladimir Tarasenko picked a corner on Ondrej Pavelec to cut into the Jets lead.
Winnipeg’s offence continued to roll in the 3rd period, when Jacob Trouba smacked a one-timer that bounced off a defender and trickled into the back of the net, extending the Jets lead to 4-2.
Alex Pietrangelo got a goal with just over 10 seconds to go in the 3rd period, but it wouldn’t matter, as captain Wheeler scored 10 seconds later with an empty net goal, to seal the deal for the Jets, giving them their second straight victory.
With the win, the Jets improve to 24-25-4 on the season. They will take the day off tomorrow and take on another central divsion opponent, the Dallas Stars, on Thursday.