WINNIPEG – Despite already being eliminated from competing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Winnipeg Jets faithful left MTS Centre with smiles on their faces after the Jets downed the Ottawa Senators 4-2.
Things started out pretty quiet in the 1st period, and they got even quieter when Mike Hoffman created a turnover in the offensive end, then one-timed Derick Brassard’s feed to give the Senators a 1-0 lead late in the first frame.
Winnipeg needed to get the energy back into their fans, and captain Blake Wheeler made sure the electricity was flowing.
The Jets’ fore-check caused a turnover in front of the net, and Wheeler was on the doorstep to stuff home the loose puck to tie the game at 1.
The tie lasted all but 11 seconds. Mike Hoffman would cut to the net and send a centering pass that deflected off the stick of Bryan Little and in for his second goal of the game.
Before the 2nd period came to a close, Winnipeg would tie things up again. Adam Lowry found a rebound from Jacob Trouba’s shot and backhanded it past Mike Condon to even the score midway through the 2nd period. That goal coming off a dominant power-play from the Jets, which gassed the Senators defence.
Mathieu Perreault – who has been clutch for the Jets over the past couple of games – continued to come through with points when they were needed most. Bryan Little found Perreault in the slot, who beat Condon down low to give the Jets their first lead of the game.
Nikolaj Ehlers also had a phenomenal game, and he fired the puck into the empty net, sealing the Jets’ 4-2 win against the Senators.
Winnipeg will now head out on the road to face St. Louis and Columbus, before returning to MTS Centre on April 8th for their season finale with the Nashville Predators.