WINNIPEG - It was an emotional night at Canada Life Centre, one that the Winnipeg Jets took advantage of early. After the Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus brought the near capacity crowd to tears with their performance of the Ukrainian and Canadian national anthems, the Jets jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the game was even ten minutes old. They held on to beat the Montreal Canadiens 8-4, but it wasn’t easy.
The Habs stormed back with four unanswered goals to tie the game early into the second period. Three of those goals were from Josh Anderson, the other from Artturi Lehkonen. The Jets continued to sleep walk through the game until Andrew Copp scored in his first game back after missing the last six due to a concussion. That goal woke the Jets up and they dominated Montreal until the final buzzer.
In addition to Copp, the Jets got a pair of goals from Mark Scheifele, and one each from Evgeny Svechnikov, Nate Schmidt, Adam Lowry, Pierre-Luc Dubois, and Paul Stastny. Kyle Connor added three assists. Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves as the Jets were outshot 35-30.
The Jets homestand continues Friday night when the Dallas Stars come to town. Puck drop is 7pm (TSN3, 680 CJOB/Power 97). The last four times these teams have met, the games have gone to overtime.