Celebrating The Winnipeg Jets’ Biggest Wins Of The Season

The Jets’ Biggest Wins of the Season

Sport is usually in a constant state of motion, where a team’s focus switches at the end of one match towards the preparation for next.  This means that any break between NHL matches is the perfect time to take stock and celebrate recent achievements.  It’s never dull following the Winnipeg Jets, with the side defying some pre-season predictions that suggested this campaign would be a struggle.

While it hasn’t been plain sailing (when is it with the Jets?), there have been some memorable highs.  Here’s a look at the Jets’ three biggest wins from this season so far.  We’re purely looking at big wins in terms of the scoreline, not in terms of their importance.  This means that we will inevitably neglect some of the hugely significant grinds to narrow victories, but it’s always fun to celebrate those times where the Jets were truly flying.

5-1 @ San Jose, Nov 27

The Sharks had their tails up when the Jets came to town, but Winnipeg’s finest ended San Jose’s hot streak of form. San Jose boasted 10 wins in their last 11; if anyone was going to win 5-1, it was surely going to be the Sharks?

Wrong.  David Gustafsson will treasure the memory of his first career goal, with the youngster scoring brilliantly to send the Jets on their way to a 5-1 victory.

5-1 vs Dallas, Dec 3

The Stars didn’t shine so brightly when they arrived in Winnipeg in December.  Four Jets’ players each racked up a goal and an assist in this fine team effort (Ehlers, Morrissey, Laine, Scheifele).

However, Kyle Connor’s one goal and two assists made him the key man on another night where the goalie Connor Hellebuyck performed magnificently.


 

5-1 vs Detroit, Dec 10

A two-minute blitz saw the Jets score three times to end Detroit’s hopes of heading home with any points.  While the Jets have managed to end some team’s winning streaks, this time they piled further misery onto a struggling Red Wings outfit.

Blake Wheeler and Andrew Copp both racked up goals and assists as Detroit slumped to a twelfth-straight defeat.

6-0 @ Minnesota, Dec 20

A 6-0 victory on the road is the kind of score that can cause dramatic shifts in NHL betting odds, with the Jets showing that their peak level is one that opposition players and punters should take very seriously in future seasons.

Wild arrived at the game in fine form, but the Jets taught them a lesson on the ice that day.  While both teams racked up 31 shots, it was the Jets that were more clinical at one end and resilient at the other.  Patrik Laine excelled in front of the goal, as he often does.

5-1 @ Ottawa, Feb 20

While many of these matches have been the result of great team performances, credit for the triumph in Ottawa goes mostly to Mark Scheifele.  Heading into the game in a 12-match scoring drought, Scheifele showed his thirst for goals by netting a hat-trick.

Although the Senators registered the first goal, they had no response to Scheifele as he rediscovered his best form.

Pedants will notice that we’ve omitted two four-goal winning margins in the shape of 4-0 victories over Vancouver and Vegas – apologies to Connor Hellebuyck for choosing matches where the Jets scored five rather than celebrating his shutouts.  Still, it just shows that Jets fans have been spoilt for choice with comprehensive victories in this campaign.

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