WINNIPEG MB - Laurent Brossoit made sure his second start as a Winnipeg Jet was just as good as the first.
In his first start, Brossoit set a Jets 2.0 record for most saves by a goaltender in his first start with 42 saves. On Saturday afternoon, the BC native recorded 42 more stops in a 5-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes.
"This one was good. I wasn't quite as busy, I know the shot clock says I was," said Brossoit afterwards. "It was busy but I thought our guys kept them to the outside for the most part. I didn't have to make as many grade A stops. Even in the first period with 16 or so shots I think we weathered the storm together and it wasn't too bad."
Arizona came into Saturday's game having fired at least 30 shots per game and were fourth in the league with an average of 34.8 shots a night. Brossoit knew he was going to see a lot of pucks but was looking forward to the challenge.
"It was a similar scouting report from these guys to my last game (vs. Carolina)," said Brossoit. "A lot of shots but to be honest that's kind of type of games I like to be in. I like to get involved nice and early and often."
Jets backup goaltenders combined for an 8-9-1 record and a goals against average over three in 2017-18. If Brossoit can continue to give these types of performances throughout a long season it can only benefit Winnipeg who already have Vezina Trophy finalist Connor Hellebuyck as their starter. From the first whistle of training camp and up until this point, Brossoit got his teammates attention and respect.
"He's very fit. He battles in there even in practice," said Josh Morrissey. "Everyone knows at our practices he never gives up on a puck. You seemingly got a wide-open net and he's sliding across, diving or throwing his stick. Again just like his first start he made a bunch of big saves especially when they got some momentum."