WINNIPEG - Laurent Brossoit's stellar play in Winnipeg continued on Friday night at Bell MTS Place. The Jets netminder made 33 saves to improve to 9-1-1 on the season after a 4-2 Winnipeg victory over the visiting Detroit Red Wings.
"For a reasonably young goaltender in the NHL in terms of experience he's figured out the most important thing," said Paul Maurice.
"If you're not playing a lot of games or you're not playing big minutes, you have to make sure that you push yourself as hard as you possibly can in practice. You can't let the demons of how many starts am I getting or how much ice time am I getting affect how you push yourself in practice. So he's been quietly a good leader for our group."
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Tonight's game was Brossoit's first since December 22nd in Vancouver, where the Port Alberni, BC product earned his first career shutout.
"You know what? I've learned to deal with it and look at it in a different light," said Brossoit when asked about his playing time.
"I try not to look at it in a statistical way. Like I said before, it's cliché to say I just take focus each day by day."
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Brossoit's nine wins in ten starts this season is two more victories than he recorded in his previous 20 starts over four seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. His only regulation loss with the Jets came on a night he replaced Connor Hellebuyck during a 6-3 loss to the Flames in Calgary.
"He's been unbelievable. It's so nice when he's in net to have that confidence in him to make big saves when we need him too," said Bryan Little.
"He made some great saves. He had the breakaway (save) at a key moment in the game. He's done that for us all season and he's playing great.
The breakaway save Little was referring to came with 9:40 left in the final period when the puck hopped over Sami Niku's stick at the Red Wing blue line and Andreas Anthanasiou went in alone on the Brossoit.
"I didn't really have a lot of time to think," admitted Brossoit about the save.
"He came in. I kind of shaded to one side but he went five-hole, kind of caught me off guard. I was just lucky to get a knee on it."