Jets dominate Predators 5-0
The Jets scored four first-period goals en route to a 5-0 win over the Nashville Predators Friday night at the MTS Centre.
Bryan Little, Olli Jokinen, Byfuglien and Devin Setoguchi all found the back of the net in the opening period and highlighted what was easily the Jets' best 20 minutes of hockey all season.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped all 41 shots aimed his way to earn his first shutout of the year and first in 71 games.
The win improves the Jets to 7-9-2, while the Predators snap a two-game win streak and fall to 8-6-2 on the year.
Little’s ninth goal of the season gave the Jets a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the game.
The goal came after Andrew Ladd blocked a shot, spearheading a rush into Nashville’s defensive zone.
The puck would eventually land on Little's stick, who spun around and released a quick shot to the Predators' net minder, Carter Hutton.
Winnipeg would add to their lead as Evander Kane’s strong effort in the corner would lead to a pass over to a wide open Jokinen, who converted to score his third goal of the year.
Keaton Ellerby registered his first point as a Jet with the second assist on the goal.
Jets forward Eric Tangradi tipped home a shot from Dustin Byfuglien midway through the frame to go up by three.
Setoguchi made it 4-0 with just over three minutes to go in the period after he buried a beautiful pass from Jokinen.
Little would put the icing on the cake, scoring his second goal of the game midway through the third to make it 5-0 for the home team.
The Jets continue to struggle on the power play as they were unable to covert on three opportunities with the man advantage.
Tobias Enstrom led all Jets with 23:25 in ice time.
Goals - 1. WPG Little (9) (Ladd, Wheeler) 3:04 2. Jokinen (3) (Kane, Ellerby) 6:47 3. Byfuglien (Clitsome, Thorburn) 8:23 4. Setoguchi (Jokinen) 16:45
Penalities - WPG Pardy (Roughing) 18:44, NSH Clune (Roughing) 18:44
Goals - No goals.
Penalties - WPG Pardy (Fighting) 0:48, NSH Clune (Fighting) 0:48, NSH Beck (Tripping) 3:37, NSH Hornqvist (Tripping) 5:55, Bogosian (Holding) 11:32, WPG Byfuglien (Interference) 19:20, WPG Bogosian (Roughing) 20:00, NSH Legwand (Roughing) 20:00
Goals - 5. Little (10) (Ladd, Wheeler) 9:53
Penalties - WPG Tangradi (Hi-sticking) 11:45, NSH Hornqvist (Interference) 12:50, WPG Byfuglien (Roughing) 15:27