BROOKLYN – It’s safe to say that the Winnipeg Jets have had their fair share of struggles against Metropolitan Division opponents this year.
The odds weren’t in the Jets favour, they are 2-8-2 against teams in the Metro this year, they also headed into the Barclays Center with a 0-3-1 record in their last four games.
Things got off to a dim start at the Barclays… New York opened the scoring quickly in the first frame. Just 38 seconds after the opening faceoff Adam Pelech collected a feed at the point from Captain John Tavers and fired a wrister through a screen that eludeed Connor Hellebuyck to give the Isles an early 1-0 lead.
The Jets would grab the lead before the first period came to a close. Bryan Little pounced on a rebound and chiped it over Thomas Greiss to tie things up. Moments later, Nic Petan fed Bryan Little in the circle, and he blasted a one-timer for a power-play tally, and his second goal of the game.
Winnipeg bursted out of the gates quick in the second period. Mathieu Perreault picked up a loose puck in the left circle and whipeds a wrist shot just inside the post past Greiss for a 3-1 lead.
Adam Lowry also found twine for his career high 12th goal of the season to extend the Jets lead to 4-1.
Anders Lee would score for the Isles at the start of the 3rd period, but none of his teamates could provide any more offence, as the Jets wrapped up their road trip with the 4-2 victory. Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves en-route to his 23rd victory of the season.
The Jets will take a couple of days to settle in back at home before taking on the Minnesota Wild on Sunday at 4:00… where they will dawn their beautiful heritage classic jerseys for the final time.