WINNIPEG - Despite outshooting and outplaying their opponents for the first half of the game, the Winnipeg Jets fell to the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 last night at the Honda Center.
Ducks goaltender John Gibson was outstanding stopping 33 of 34 shots; Connor Hellebuyck was shaky between the pipes for the Jets stopping only 18 of the 22 shots he faced. Kevin Shattenkirk opened the scoring for the Ducks and in his NHL debut, Mason McTavish, the 18-year-old drafted 3rd overall this summer netted what turned out to be the game winner in the second period. Adam Henrique and Rickard Rakell added goals for Anaheim while Kyle Connor scored the lone Winnipeg goal.
Early on the Jets powerplay was impressive, although it didn’t result in a goal but it did create a lot of scoring opportunities. The Ducks took advantage with 2 powerplay goals. The third period was quite chippy; and that animosity will carry over when the Ducks visit Winnipeg next week.
The Jets travel north to face the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.