Jets' Mathieu Perreault felt 'chills' after four-goal night

It was the Mathieu Perreault Show on Tuesday night as the Winnipeg Jets routed the Florida Panthers, 8-2, in front of a sold-out crowd at the MTS Centre.
Winnipeg Jets' Mathieu Perreault looks on as rink staff pick up hats from the ice after he scored fours goals through two periods against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. (Trevor Hagan/Canadian Press)

It was the Mathieu Perreault Show on Tuesday night as the Winnipeg Jets routed the Florida Panthers, 8-2, in front of a sold-out crowd at the MTS Centre.

Perreault finished the night with an incredible four-goal performance, a feat that had yet to be accomplished by any Jet since the relocation from Atlanta in 2011.

Mathieu Perreault shows off his four keepsake pucks. (Winnipeg Jets)
“Obviously, bounces were going my way,” said Perreault after the game. “It was one of those nights but obviously a lot of fun.”

Perreault opened the scoring for the Jets just 7:24 in to the first period before doubling the lead to 2-0 just four minutes later on the power play.

He would eventually complete the hat trick, scoring his third goal late in the second period by tipping a Tobias Enstrom shot from the blue line that beat Panthers’ goalie and former Winnipeg Jet Al Montoya.

The crowd then hurled their hats on to the ice, honouring a long-time tradition for when a player scores three goals in a single game. Dozens of hats covered the ice as the game was temporarily paused in order to clean up.

“That was awesome,” said Perreault of the celebration. “I had chills sitting on the bench. I almost couldn’t believe it.”

His fourth goal would come just over a minute later after a Michael Frolik rebound popped out in front of the net for an easy tap in to give the Jets a commanding 6-1 lead.

Perreault is the first NHL player to score four goals in a single game since Ilya Kovalchuk did so back on Nov. 11, 2005 as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers.

“Good for him. He’s earned it,” said Jets coach Paul Maurice. “You compete that hard, you know that a player with that kind of skill is going to break through.”


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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