NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Winnipeg
(Thursday, December 22nd)
Final Score: Winnipeg 4, Montreal 0
Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 27 shots for his third shutout of the season as the Winnipeg Jets took a 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
Blake Wheeler scored twice and added an assist while Tanner Glass and Tim Stapleton also scored for the Jets, who have alternated wins and losses in their past six games.
"We focused a little more and executed our game a little better," said Glass. "I don't think, you know there's no big secret we just executed a little better than we did in past nights and it makes for a little easier game."
Carey Price was tagged for all four goals on 34 shots for the Canadiens, who have dropped their past five games, including the past four under new head coach Randy Cunneyworth.
"I think it's about sticking together, I think when we are trying to figure out, the pieces the puzzle, everybody has to come together, and I think it's a good place to start right here," said Cunneyworth.
The Jets got the only goal they needed 3:18 into the first period on the power play as Dustin Byfuglien sent a pass from the right circle to the left with Wheeler one-timing it home.
Just under 10 minutes later, it was a 2-0 game as Nik Antropov sent a pass from the low-left side to the slot and Glass snapped it home for his fourth goal of the year.
The Jets made it a 3-0 game just 39 seconds into the second as Wheeler gained the zone and flung home a shot from the right circle.
Pavelec stopped six shots in the first period and 16 in the second.
Stapleton scored with 2:24 to play in the game and Pavelec needed to make just five stops in the third to cap the shutout.
Pavelec has nine shutouts in his career...Winnipeg hosts the Penguins on Friday...Montreal continues its six-game road trip in Ottawa on Tuesday...These teams faced off on October 9, with Montreal taking a 5-1 victory over the Jets in Winnipeg to spoil the Jets' first game in their new city...Winnipeg went 1-for-2 on the power play while Montreal was 0-for-5.
12/23 01:35:22 ET