Eric Comrie is benefiting from his restricted begins in purpose with the Winnipeg Jets.
Comrie made 33 saves in successful for the seventh time in 10 begins and Kyle Connor scored his team-leading thirty fifth purpose late within the second interval to steer the Jets to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night time.
“I feel our crew did a extremely good job of simply protecting all the things the surface,” Comrie mentioned after successful his fourth straight begin and bettering to 7-2-1. “They did a very good job boxing out, amassing rebounds. We now have a very good crew in that locker-room and it’s only a pleasure to play behind them.”
Enjoying behind workhorse Connor Hellebuyck, Comrie is aware of he’ll have 5 – 6 video games off between begins. Getting an opportunity to face New Jersey was a double deal with, since he was with the Devils for a month final season and gained his solely begin.
“I feel for those who solely spend a month in a spot, it doesn’t rely as a revenge tour,” Comrie quipped. “Guys joked about it earlier than the sport. However no don’t get me fallacious, I loved each single second I used to be in New Jersey.”
Connor obtained the sport winner with 54 seconds left within the second interval with an unassisted breakaway purpose that referee Frederick L’Ecuyer initially thought hit the crossbar and didn’t go into the web. The puck hit the crossbar and caromed into the underside of the web. Connor began the play, stealing the puck from Jesper Bratt within the Devils zone and skating the size of the ice.
“Clearly I knew it went in,” Connor mentioned. “I used to be proper there and simply form of regarded again and the refs going like [waving no goal] so I’m simply form of taking a look at him. However I knew it went in.”
So did Devils goaltender Nico Daws, who completed with 28 saves.
“I feel I might need been the one one within the constructing that knew he scored,” Daws mentioned. “I feel I might have performed it higher, given myself a higher probability. I imply, on the finish of the day, it was an excellent purpose scorer and he put the puck in an excellent spot to attain.”
Defenceman Brenden Dillion additionally scored because the Jets gained for the fourth time in six video games (4-1-1).
Jack Hughes scored for the Devils in extending his home-scoring steak to 13 video games (9 targets, 12 assists).
“It’s form of an outdated theme for us the place we missed too many alternatives,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff mentioned.
Dillon and Hughes traded targets within the opening interval.
Dillon obtained his second of the season on a 2-on-1 break with Mark Scheifele at 3:22. It was his first purpose since Dec. 17 and twenty sixth purpose in 709 NHL video games.
Hughes tied it on the facility play at 18:27, one-timing a cross-ice cross by Bratt previous Comrie earlier than the goalie might get throughout the crease.
The sport was the primary between the groups in New Jersey since Oct. 4, 2019. … The Jets beat the Devils 8-4 on Dec. 3. … Earlier than the sport, the Devils honoured Travis Zajac for taking part in in his 1,000th recreation final season. He performed all however 13 video games of his 1,024 video games in a 15-year profession with New Jersey. … Devils captain Nico Hischier missed his second straight recreation with a lower-body harm. … Daws began his sixth straight recreation.
Jets: Play the second of three in 4 nights after they face the Islanders in New York on Friday night time.
Devils: End a four-game homestand after they host Anaheim on Saturday night time.