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Four different goal scorers power Jets to win over Vancouver

Connor finishes with two points; Hellebuyck makes 31 saves

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - Paul Maurice could feel the vibe after his newly shuffled power play units left the ice after the morning skate.

"They left the ice this morning thinking this could be good," Maurice said.

Something good did happen, as the power play scored the first of four unanswered goals, helping the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

Jack Roslovic had that power play marker, while Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor, and Adam Lowry added singles in the win.

Video: POSTGAME | Paul Maurice

The difference in the team's play on the man advantage in Maurice's mind was confidence.

"It wasn't a huge adjustment in terms of what these guys have been running. We didn't put a bunch of guys in new positions. We tried to find a way to get all of them back to their best position," he said of the power play, which finished one-for-three.

"It was fast. They moved it right. It was good."

Of course, the power play units weren't the only line-up change, as Maurice shuffled all four forward lines with Bryan Little out of the line-up.

Blake Wheeler, who assisted on Roslovic's power play goal, was moved to centre between Roslovic and Nikolaj Ehlers.

"I thought (Roslovic) was awesome tonight. There have been a few games where I've had a few shifts with him and I've really liked it," said Wheeler. "He's so fast and gets on the puck so well. He's really taken some strides.

"I said it yesterday after practice. I really like our line. I think we have the capability of playing at a really high pace, being responsible two ways, but when we get going offensively playing with some pace, we had some looks tonight."

Video: POSTGAME | Blake Wheeler

J.T. Miller put the Canucks up 1-0 with his eighth of the season 6:53 into the second period, but that lead lasted five minutes.

The Jets (9-7-1) would get it back on their second power play of the evening. Wheeler entered the zone with a high amount of speed and fired a wrist shot just wide of the net. Roslovic recovered it and drove to the front of the net, burying his own rebound for his third of the season.

Following a strong penalty kill, the Jets took their first lead of the game with 3:06 left in the middle frame.

Tucker Poolman closed a tight gap in the neutral zone, forcing a turnover along the left wing boards. Kyle Connor took the loose puck the other way and when his initial shot was stopped, Scheifele was there to tuck it home, putting the Jets up 2-1.

"In the first period we're trying to get our legs under us. We were moving pretty quick and I think as the game went on we just got better all around," Connor said. 

"Everybody can play with anybody pretty much. We've been pretty familiar with a lot of the guys. We switch it up quite a bit so it's nobody's first time playing together. We read off each other. 

"Specifically for our line, we all can make plays, but that's not our starting foundation. We have to take care of our own zone and move quick. That's where we get our success."

Video: POSTGAME | Kyle Connor

Connor was a menace all night, with his stick causing a number of turnovers and earning him three takeaways to go along with his three shots on goal.

His third and final shot of the evening was the insurance the Jets needed.

Seconds after Connor Hellebuyck made a spectacular save in tight on Bo Horvat to keep the game tied, Connor stripped former Jet Tyler Myers of the puck at the blue line and flew in on a breakaway, making a few quick moves in tight before lifting a forehand over Thatcher Demko.

"I don't know if he saw me coming from behind there," Connor said of Myers. "I got it and just came in on a breakaway and took what the goalie gave me there."

Lowry deposited an empty netter with 1:45 left in regulation to round out the scoring.

The victory also pushed Winnipeg's win streak to nine straight over the Canucks - a stretch that dates back to Dec. 22, 2016. Over that span, the Jets have outscored Vancouver 31-10.

The Jets now face the Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche to close out the home stand.

"Vancouver is really well structured and a little bit healthy and they're playing quick and fast - but it's still back to back," Maurice said of the Canucks, who lost 5-2 Thursday night in Chicago before coming to Winnipeg. 

"These next two will be great tests."

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