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Roslovic scores twice as Jets earn victory over Blues

"It's important to have one of those good games and get the win." -Roslovic

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - The best way to shake off a frustrating loss? Get right back at it the next night and leave the building with two points.

That's exactly what the Winnipeg Jets did on Saturday night, putting Friday's setback against the Boston Bruins in the rear view mirror with a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

The group rose to the challenge presented by the Central Division leading Blues. In fact, the man they call "Rosy" had a lot to do with the win.

Jack Roslovic scored twice and added an assist in the victory to help his squad snap a five-game skid.

"It's important to have one of those good games and get the win," said Roslovic. "I'm excited for the team and I think it's going to be a spark for the playoff push that we need to go on."

Video: HELMET PRES | Jack Roslovic

The pair of goals gives Roslovic a career-high 11 this season. The points were great, but head coach Paul Maurice liked what he saw from the forward all over the ice.

"Jack put a puck into the middle of the ice yesterday that he shouldn't have and it costed us a whole lot of problems. But he makes the play here tonight that ends up in a goal that's the game-winner," said Maurice.

"He was a much better all around hockey player for us tonight. He felt the need to step up and be one of those guys. I like the fact he made plays - I don't know if duress is the right word - but we needed him to be a better player tonight than he was last night, and he was."

For the second straight night, the Jets (26-23-4) opened the scoring. When a clearing attempt by Alex Pietrangelo hit a linesman just outside the St. Louis zone, Sami Niku took advantage by starting a two-on-one the other way. Niku's quick feed found Jack Roslovic in the slot alone and the Jets forward made no mistake, beating Jordan Binnington on the stick side.

Video: POSTGAME | Jack Roslovic

With the injury to Mathieu Perreault - who Maurice said will miss at least two weeks with the upper-body injury sustained in the loss to the Bruins - Roslovic was playing with Andrew Copp and Jansen Harkins on Saturday.

Three of Winnipeg's five goals came from that line, which was exactly the offensive boost the team needed.

"You've got to have guys chipping in. I think Rosy is a guy that is very capable of that," said Blake Wheeler. "We're going to need him down the stretch to provide a spark for us. Even if he's not on the scoresheet, he has to be an impact player and play in the offensive zone. He's the type of guy that if he's getting time and space, and opportunities, he's going to bury them."

Roslovic's second of the night came with 2:55 to go in the second. When Dmitry Kulikov's wrister from the high slot was stopped by Binnington, Roslovic used his reach to corral the rebound and slide it home to give the Jets a 2-0 lead.

Video: STL@WPG: Roslovic stuffs home rebound

Before the end of the period, Roslovic would chip in again, this time sending a quick backhand pass to a streaking Copp in the neutral zone. Copp did the rest from there, firing a laser of a wrist shot into the top right corner to make it 3-0 Jets through 40 minutes. 

"Rosy made a great play on my goal. Just some good work by him on the second one, then the bounce on the first," said Copp. "We can get better, it wasn't perfect by any stretch. But it felt like it was a good step in the right direction.

"Hopefully we can build on today's performance."

Video: POSTGAME | Blake Wheeler

The Blues (31-14-8) made it interesting in the third however. Brayden Schenn capitalized on a two-on-one with 6:40 left in regulation, then just 2:30 later, Ryan O'Reilly's shot from the slot beat Connor Hellebuyck high to make the score 3-2.

"They made some plays but our goaltender was phenomenal tonight," Wheeler said of Hellebuyck, who made 38 saves in the game. "They just made a couple plays that unfortunately they just weren't ones he was going to have any chance of saving. Anything that he was going to get a look at, he was saving tonight. We felt good on the bench."

But that's as close as the Blues would get, as Wheeler and Patrik Laine each tallied empty-net goals in the final 91 seconds to seal the 5-2 win.

After a tough set of back-to-backs, the Jets now have a couple days to prepare for the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

"We got back after it. That's how we're going to have to play if we're going to give ourselves a chance to win," said Wheeler. "The competition is heating up here. We're going to have to bring that effort every night."

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