With the Winnipeg Jets starting goalie Ondrej Pavelec given the night off, it was backup Al Montoya who stole the show in a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils Sunday night at the MTS Centre.
Montoya stopped all 24 shots on route to his fourth career shutout, and second with the Jets.
The win improves the Jets to 3-3-0 on the year, snapping a three-game losing streak that dates back to October 6.
The Jets opened the scoring with Evander Kane’s second goal of the year. After a Devils turnover in the Jets’ defensive end, Kane took a Mark Stuart pass up the left side, letting a shot go on Devils’ goalie, Cory Schneider, with the puck eventually going off Devils’ defenceman Matt Greene and in to the net.
The Jets would add two more goals in the final minute. Kane would get his second of the night on an empty net goal assisted by Olli Jokinen. With the point, Jokinen registers his 400th career assist and 700th career point. Michael Frolik would be credited with the other.
The Jets were a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill but were unable to convert on two opportunities with the man advantage. Jacob Trouba led all Jets with 26:30 of ice time.
A warm welcome
Devils goaltender Cory Schneider was given a moment of recognition on the Jumbotron during the first period to which the crowd responded with a collective cheer.
Schneider played three seasons with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League before signing a contract with their affiliated NHL club, the Vancouver Canucks. Schneider was traded to the Devils over the summer in a surprise deal on opening night of the 2013 NHL entry draft.
Goals – No goals
Penalties – WPG Postma (Hooking) 2:32, NJ Gionta (Tripping) 11: 51, WPG Jokinen (Roughing) 19:54, WPG Jokinen (Holding) 19:54, NJ Salvador (Roughing) 19:54
Goals – 1. Kane (2) (Stuart) 2:57
Penalties – WPG Wright (Hooking) 0:42, NJ Zubrus (Slashing) 4:19, WPG Bogosian (Roughing) 13:29
Goals – 2.WPG Kane EN (3) (Jokinen, Frolik) 19:03 3. Ladd (3) (Frolik, Slater) 19:23
Penalties – WPG Jokinen (Delay of game) 1:42, NJ Brunner (Tripping) 11:22