WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets have won many games this season because of their elite power play. But on Tuesday night, it was the penalty kill that played a big factor as the Jets picked up a 4-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
The Jets killed all six Vegas power plays - impressive considering the fire-power the Knights feature in Marchessault, Karlsson, Stastny and Pacioretty.
"I thought we did a good job up ice not allowing them clean entries," said Blake Wheeler.
"That can be frustrating for a PP when you are breaking the puck out and having to come 200 feet every time. Not getting clean entries. You want to set up in the zone and make plays and try to score goals."
It was in the middle frame where the Jets really put their penalty killers to work, taking four penalties. Winnipeg even had to kill off a 5-on-3 for 50 seconds to close out the period.
"So much of it is our quickness by our forwards if you can get over on the puck," said Paul Maurice.
"Then it's just confidence. It takes some courage to stand on that line, there's a lot of speed coming at you. If they get by you, you could have a problem. Even on the ones where they did beat our guy on the flank our back end was very quick."
Of course, it would be ridiculous to not give Laurent Brossoit credit for his part of the penalty kill. He made 12 of his 43 stops with the Jets shorthanded. While the goaltender stood tall, he is happy to pass the credit to his teammates.
Video: VGK@WPG: Brossoit impresses with three straight saves
"They cleared all rebounds. They gave me the shot. They allowed me to see those flank shots and they would take away the far side so I only had to deal with nearside shots," explained Brossoit.
"A lot from the point didn't get through and that's a big part of Vegas' game. Definitely hats off to the boys."
On top of the PK being perfect, Kyle Connor added his first career shorthanded goal which opened the scoring. The Michigan native has been a solid performer killing penalties this season.
Video: VGK@WPG: Connor turns on jets, pots SHG
"When you get a guy out of college, junior or anybody who comes out of amateur (hockey) and you don't have to show him an awful lot of video early. Then they have that ability to be a good defensive player," said Maurice.
"He and Bryan (Little) have a real nice chemistry together. I think 5-on-5 as well but certainly on the kill."