WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Jets were marking the 10th anniversary of the opening of their home rink, the MTS Centre, with a game against the New Jersey Devils. The first hockey game was a victory for the former tenant the Manitoba Moose and Tuesday, on the 10th anniversary, the Jets got the victory, 3-1, over the Devils.

The Jets continued to play a suffocating style of defence first and totally shut down the Devils who are famous for this type of play. Coach Paul Maurice must have been ecstatic as his team has scored three goals two games in a row now, a small sign that all these great scoring chances they have been getting are slowly going to start going in the net.

Backup goalie, Michael Hutchinson, who has been sharp when called upon wasn’t very busy as he had made 21 saves to earn the victory to improve his record to 3-1-1on the season.

“When we’re playing as well as we are, it’s entertaining for me back there to watch our lines cycle the puck down low and really take it to them, so that keeps me in the game,” Hutchinson said. “It’s just a little bit difficult when you don’t touch the puck as much.”

A familiar face was in the pipes for the Devils as former Manitoba Moose fan favorite Corey Schneider was starting his 19th straight game tying a franchise record for consecutive games started. He stopped 31 shots in the loss and made a couple of spectacular saves in the loss.

“We haven’t really played a whole 60 minutes as a team, whether it’s me or the power play or the penalty kill or whatever,” Schneider said. “All of us, I think we need to put our best 60-minute effort forward and see what can happen. We really haven’t had that beginning-to-end dominant performance that I think we’re capable of.”

Jets got goals from Mathieu Perreault his 1st of the year and as a Jet.

“When I struggle getting points, I’ve always talked to myself about throwing the body around, throw a couple hits, get yourself involved physically and I feel like I’ve been doing that the last couple of games,” Perreault said. “And it helps me. For me, I’ve been working really hard and they weren’t going in. I had the chances. I just kept working and eventually I knew it was going to go in.”

Mark Scheifele got his 3rd; Michael Frolik scored his 4th of the season.

“After two [consecutive] losses, it was big to come home, and [to] play a game like that against a touch-checking New Jersey team like that was definitely huge,” Scheifele said.

The Devils got their lone goal on the power play off the stick of Patrik Elias, his 2nd of the season.

The Jets dominated in almost every aspect of this game although the Devils did ring two shots off the post.

The Jets continued to struggle on the power play as they were 0-5 and had 2 with no shots on goal, this will need to get better if they want to stay in the playoff race. They did continue to play a physical game along the walls and on the forecheck as they out hit the Devils 26-18.

They were also very good in the face off circles as they won 60% of the draws.

Coach Maurice mixed up his line combinations and may have found another good one as the line of Frolik, Scheifele and Adam Lowry was very good contributing 2 goals and four points on the night.

“We’ve made some progress in our team identity,” Maurice said. “We’re early on in the process, as every team is at this point, but we’re off to a decent start.”

The Jets improve to 10-7-3 on the season and will welcome the Detroit Red Wings to town on Thursday night.

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