Teemu Selanne tallied a pair of assists in his first game back in Winnipeg since February 4th, 1996, but it wouldn't be enough as the Jets marched to a 5-3 victory over the Ducks Saturday.
had a three point night scoring his second goal of the season and adding two assists. Kyle Wellwood
, Alexander Burmistrov
, Andrew Ladd
and Blake Wheeler
all added goals of their own.
was excellent at key times in the game and stopped 34 of 36 shots on goal earning his fourth win on the year.
The Jets will enjoy a day off Sunday before they get back to work to get ready for their next opponent, the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
The 'Teemu' chants started early and the standing ovation was immediate as 15,004 fans gave a warm welcome to Selanne. The crowd was electric as they cheered the former Jet every time he stepped onto the ice for a shift and every time he touched the puck.
started things off for the Jets at 4:54 into the first period. Zach Bogosian
sent a nice cross-ice pass to Nik Antropov
at the top of the right circle. Antropov fired a shot on net that Dan Ellis saved but the puck trickled away from him and Wellwood was there to bank home the rebound and make it 1-0 Jets early in the first.
put the Jets up 2-0 on the Jets first power play opportunity of the night. Dustin Byfuglien
blasted a slap shot from inside the left circle that Ellis kicked aside. Unfortunately for him, Wheeler was right there to finish the deal and put the puck into the back of the net.
Niklas Hagman got the Ducks back within one at 14:34 as he was able to get past Mark Stuart
and put one past Chris Mason
. Teemu Selanne assisted on the goal.
With 1:34 left in the period, Corey Perry tied the game. Ducks goaltender Dan Ellis passed the puck to Ryan Getzlaf who saw a clear lane through the neutral zone. He sent a long pass up to Perry who was a step ahead of the Jets defenceman. Perry got around him and fired a snap shot that flew past Mason.
After 20 minutes, the two teams were knotted 2-2 and 10-10 in shots.
put the Jets back on top just 31 seconds into the second period. Burmistrov won the face-off at centre ice and got the puck to Kane. Kane passed it back to him and he raced down the wing and let a hard wrist shot go from the top of the right circle that flew past Ellis' shoulder and into the net. 3-2 Jets.
With 1:40 to play in the period, Andrew Ladd
added to the Jets lead with his 10th of the season. Byfuglien sent a slap-pass over to the captain in the slot and he banked it into the wide open cage.
After two periods of play, the Jets were on top 4-2 and the shots were 21-21.
Bogosian widened the gap for the Jets as he blasted a slap shot from the point that made it through the legs of Ellis. Bogosian's second goal of the year and third point of the night made it 5-2 Jets.
With 9:27 left in regulation, Chris Thorburn
took a tripping minor and the Ducks took advantage of the power play opportunity. It took seven seconds for Perry to get his second goal of the night. Selanne picked up his second point on the goal. 5-3 Jets.
The Ducks came close in the dying minutes of the game but Mason was there to make a couple huge saves and shut the door to keep his team up by a pair.
That's how things would end in this one, as the Jets improve to 34 points on the season and are sitting in ninth position in the Eastern Conference.