CHICAGO - Mathieu Perreault got off to a slow start in his first season with the Winnipeg Jets. Mark Recchi Jersey
. He looks quite comfortable in his new home now.Perreault scored two goals while extending his point streak to eight games, and the Jets routed the listless Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 on Tuesday night.Bryan Little had his team-best 13th goal as Winnipeg stopped Chicagos eight-game home winning streak. The Jets are responsible for two of the Blackhawks four regulation home losses, also winning 1-0 at the United Center on Nov. 2 in their first meeting of the season.Anytime you can go up against the leagues best and get a win, you get to keep that for a while, Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. Real powerful team, and theyre elite in some of the things that they do and because of that, thats a confidence booster for your team.Perreault signed a $9 million, three-year contract with Winnipeg last summer. But the centre had no goals and three assists in his first 19 games with his new team.I had a little bit of a rough start to the season, but as of late its been going OK with (Mark Scheifele) and (Michael Frolik), two good players, Perreault said. Right now its clicking for our line so, Ill just go with it.Winnipeg (18-10-7), one of the NHLs biggest surprises, won for the third time in four games, bouncing back from a 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia on Sunday. The Jets led the Flyers 3-1 after two periods, but were unable to close it out.It was the Blackhawks worst loss of the season; they have only three losses by more than one goal. Chicago (23-10-2) had won 14 of 17 overall.All year long, I think weve been in every hockey game except for tonight, coach Joel Quenneville said.Marian Hossa scored his seventh goal in the second period, but the Blackhawks struggled to generate quality chances. Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson, who began the day with an NHL-best .940 save percentage and 1.73 goals-against average, finished with 38 saves.It was the Blackhawks second game since the sudden death of assistant equipment manager Clint Reif on Sunday morning. They beat Toronto 4-0 that night, but looked all out of sorts against the Jets.Today was a letdown for us in the game, forward Kris Versteeg said. You want to channel your energies in the right direction and do that the best you can. Today we just felt flat.Winnipeg jumped on Chicago for three goals in the first, chasing Corey Crawford while outshooting the Blackhawks 15-7 in the period. Perreault started the flurry with a wrist shot that went over Crawfords glove at 9:04.Little took a pass from former Blackhawks forward Andrew Ladd to make it 2-0 at 13:18, and Anthony Peluso slammed home a loose puck for his first goal since Dec. 31, 2013. Pelusos third career goal put an end to Crawfords night after 13 shots, and Antti Raanta entered with 4 1/2 minutes left in the period.Perreault added a power-play goal in the second for his eighth of the season. He has five goals and four assists in the NHLs longest active point streak.Chicago got on the board when Brandon Saad set up Hossa for a breakaway, and the veteran forward beat Hutchinson into the upper left corner at 12:05. The Blackhawks then turned up the pressure, but Hutchinson made a couple of nice stops on Patrick Kane in the final minute of the second.Weve been doing it all season. Weve been getting good starts and good jumps on every team, Hutchinson said. Its always easier to play with the lead.Blake Wheeler added an empty-net goal for Winnipeg, which dropped three of four against Chicago last season. Ladd finished with two assists.NOTES: Blackhawks D Michal Rozsival did not play in the third period due to a lower-body injury, but Quenneville said he should be OK. ... Perreaults point streak is the longest of the season for the Jets. ... Blackhawks C Brad Richards missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. He skated with the team on Tuesday morning and could return Saturday at Colorado in Chicagos first game after the NHLs Christmas break. ... The Jets scratched Ds Mark Stuart and Julien Brouillette, and LW T.J. Galiardi. ... Winnipegs next game is Saturday at Minnesota.___Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap Phil Kessel Jersey
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. PETERSBURG, Fla.Like most coaches, the Winnipeg Jets Paul Maurice realizes the key to beating the Philadelphia Flyers rests with containing Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux. That could prove difficult after the pairs latest showing. Viewers in the Jets region can watch the game live on TSN3 at 7:30pm ct. You can also listen live on TSN Radio 1290 Winnipeg. Winnipeg seeks a season high-tying third consecutive victory as it completes a four-game homestand against Philadelphia on Sunday night. The Jets (17-10-6) have continued to pick up points recently by going 7-1-3 over their last 11. Theyve been especially solid over the last two, beating Buffalo 5-1 on Tuesday before Fridays 2-1 victory over Boston. Evander Kane scored in the first period as Winnipeg held a 16-4 shot advantage over the Bruins, and Mathieu Perrault got the winner with 23 seconds remaining in the second. Defenseman Jay Harrison was acquired from Carolina for a sixth-round draft pick Thursday and didnt arrive in town in time for the morning skate, but he played more than 20 minutes and picked up an assist on his first shift. The more times you go over the boards, the easier it gets because you get into a nice routine and rhythm, Harrison said. Theres less thinking and more playing. Maurice has done plenty of thinking about how the Jets are going to handle the Flyers offensive attack. Voracek had four assists to take over the NHL points lead and Giroux had two goals and two assists in Saturdays 7-4 win over Toronto. Theyve got three or four guys up front with great speed and skill, a couple guys with world-class talent and depth through their lineup, Maurice said. Lots of speed. It will be quite a tilt. Voracek, who has 42 points, also leaads the league with 28 assists, while Giroux sits three points back of his teammate in the scoring race. Tyler Bozak Jersey
. He can play better, Giroux joked when asked about Voraceks pace. Obviously his points look good, but defensively hes playing very well. Thats one of the reasons why our line gets so many scoring chances. It makes my job a lot easier and Im lucky to play with him. At the same time, weve got to keep going. Philadelphia (12-14-6) had dropped back-to-back contests before kicking off an eight-game trip in Toronto. The Flyers have struggled away from home with a 4-9-3 mark but are 2-0-2 in their last four. It was a good way to start it off with two points, Giroux said. Our records not very good on the road, but if you look at our last five games, weve played very well but we kind of found a way to lose (some) games. We need to stay focused on how we play and hopefully the win is the start of a good road trip. Ray Emery made 21 saves in place of Steve Mason, who also will sit out this contest with an upper-body injury he suffered in practice Friday. If coach Craig Berube elects not to start Emery in back-to-back contests, Rob Zepp will get the nod. Zepp, a 33-year-old who has never started an NHL game, was called up from the minors after Mason went down. He has a 2.70 goals-against average in 17 AHL games this season. The Jets are likely to go back to Ondrej Pavelec in net after Michael Hutchinson stopped 30 shots Friday. Pavelec is 3-0-2 with a 2.16 GAA in his last five starts and 2-1-0 with a 1.64 GAA in his last three against the Flyers. Projected Jets Lines Ladd - Little - Wheeler Frolik - Scheifele - Perreault Kane - Lowry - Halischuk Peluso - Slater - Thorburn NFL Jerseys China
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