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Jets blank Devils 3-0, snap three-game losing streak

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.

Olli Jokinen registers 700th career point

A shot by Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane, not shown, trickles over the shoulder and past New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider as Jets' Devin Setoguchi and Devils' Andy Greene battle in the crease during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Sunday. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press)

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.

Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane carries the puck in front of New Jersey Devils' Anton Volchenkov, Peter Harrold and Jets' Bryan Little during second period. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press)

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.

Game Summary:

First period:

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

Second period:

Goals – 1. Kane (2) (Stuart) 2:57

Penalties – WPG Wright (Hooking) 0:42, NJ Zubrus (Slashing) 4:19, WPG Bogosian (Roughing) 13:29

Third period:

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

About the Author

Jeff Hamilton

Winnipeg Jets

Jeff Hamilton is an award-winning journalist born and raised in Winnipeg. Jeff is a graduate of the Carleton University journalism program and has worked for CBC in Ottawa and Manitoba. This will be his second year covering his hometown team. Jeff is passionate about hockey, playing and has studied the game his entire life.

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