WINNIPEG - It took Adam Lowry all of two minutes to announce he was back in the Winnipeg Jets lineup.
On his first shift since January 19th, Lowry ran over Arizona Coyotes' forward Vinnie Hinostroza behind the Jets net and followed that up with a one-sided fight with Lawson Crouse. That got the fans up on their feet early at Bell MTS Place and helped Lowry release some energy as he and the Jets skated to a 4-2 win to close out a three-game homestand.
"It was a lot of pent up rage. I wanted to get in on the body and fortunately I was able to get in a relatively big hit," said Lowry.
"Then I kind of blacked out for a little bit."
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There was no doubt in his teammates mind that he was ready to make an impact after missing 20 games.
"I think he announced to the world that he was back pretty quickly," said linemate Andrew Copp on the JetsTV Live Postgame Show presented by Budweiser.
"I don't think you're going to miss him on the ice too much from now on. He's a big part of what we do, strong on pucks. Good in the defensive zone, good in faceoffs. He's just such a reliable player. It's great to have him back in the lineup."
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The most important part in all of this is the Jets have taken back the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference before heading out on a three-game Western Canada road trip. They are the healthiest they've been all year and Lowry didn't have to play a ton in his return. The 26-year-old played 10:39 and didn't take his usual spot on the penalty kill, Paul Maurice used Nick Shore, Andrew Copp, Cody Eakin and Mason Appleton instead.
"To come back you don't want to be a negative drag, you don't want to have a negative effect," said Lowry.
"So to help kind of continue the winning ways. The guys have been playing so well these past couple of months and (to stay) in the battle for the playoffs. To be able to come back especially in a win, it's a really good feeling."