WINNIPEG - If the Winnipeg Jets are going to make a push to take part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they are going to need more production outside of their top six forward group.
Case in point, Andrew Copp. The Michigan product scored the game winning goal Saturday night in a huge 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues at Bell MTS Place which ended a five-game losing streak for the Jets. Copp skated with Jack Roslovic and Jansen Harkins - the trio combined for Winnipeg's first three goals of the evening.
"(We) tried to play with speed and didn't try to do too much through the neutral zone. Rosy (Roslovic) made a great play on my goal and then just some good work by him on the second one," said Copp.
"It wasn't perfect by any stretch but it felt like it was a good step in the right direction. You know depending on when we get guys back it could be like this for a little while. Hopefully we can kind of build on today's performance."
Video: POSTGAME | Andrew Copp
Copp seemingly has new linemates every night thanks to the injuries the team has suffered recently. Adam Lowry was lost for four weeks thanks to a hit he took in Chicago on January 19th and then Friday night Mathieu Perreault went down with an upper body injury. After Saturday's game, Paul Maurice confirmed that Perreault will be lost for up to two weeks.
"I feel with all the changes it can be kind of hard to get some chemistry going," said Copp.
"It was good for us to get three of them (goals) from the bottom six, I guess if that's what you want to call it."
During last night's loss to the Boston Bruins, Copp's lace literally tied up Anthony Bitetto on the Bruins second power play goal of the night which was the game winner from Jake DeBrusk. Saturday night, Winnipeg's first goal was courtesy of a friendly bounce off an official at the Blues blueline that Sami Niku jumped on and then sent a pass to Roslovic that opened the scoring. Maybe the hockey gods were smiling down on the Jets this evening.
"I don't know, I guess maybe," said Copp.
"Things like that happen in the game all the time. It's just how you kind of handle it and it was lucky it kind of went our way."
Clearly the three goals scored by the Jets third line was impressive, but Maurice has a lot to like about the play of his the 25-year-old centre.
"Andrew Copp was really good tonight. Really hard (on the puck), played big minutes, he's killing penalties," said Maurice.
"He was able to play almost the same game that he played last night, I thought he was very good last night and really good here again today."
Video: POSTGAME | Paul Maurice
With 29 games remaining, Copp recognizes the team have a long arduous task in front of them in the next two months.
"We're playing like it's playoffs right now and we have to compete each and every night," said Copp.
"We're going to have to be at our best effort wise and intensity wise because anything else is going to put us on the outside looking in."