WINNIPEG - The decision to move Jack Roslovic to the Adam Lowry line worked out in Paul Maurice's favour on Tuesday night.
Roslovic scored his first goal since December 17th on a breakaway going top shelf glove side on Jacob Markstrom in the opening period of the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
"It was a good demotion if I'm being forced to use that word. He got to play against different guys and your role changes a little bit. "(Andrew) Copp and (Blake) Wheeler and (Nikolaj) Ehlers got to handle the (Bo) Horvat line that's heavy, right? Especially when they move (Brock) Boeser into that hole that's a real powerful line. Jack gets to go out and play a little bit and he was good tonight," said Maurice.
Roslovic was reunited with Lowry and Mathieu Perreault and it was Lowry who spotted Roslovic behind the Canucks defence and sent him in alone on Jacob Markstrom. The timing of the Ohio product's goal was perfect since Vancouver had plenty of chances to tie the game until Roslovic gave Winnipeg some breathing room with his eighth of the season with 5:36 left in the first.
Video: VAN@WPG: Roslovic goes top shelf on breakaway
"Yeah, it was good. I thought we played well as a line, a lot of special teams out there, choppy game," said Roslovic who played 12:36 against the Canucks.
"First period being even more choppy from events that don't happen very often, it was a good one."
Roslovic was referring to Brock Boeser slamming his stick into the glass between the benches which caused a significant delay while the crew replaced it. That took some of the momentum away from Winnipeg after they opened the scoring 1:22 into the game. However, a solid first period tonight was a big improvement from the first 20 minutes Sunday afternoon.
"I said in the locker room to a couple of guys I remember my first year here," said Roslovic.
"It was the Jets start that was pretty deadly and I think we brought that out tonight."