Jets excluded by Islanders



A pair of NHL assignments in less than 24 hours for the Winnipeg Jets could not have been more dissimilar.

Free to show off their flashy side Friday night against a leaking Chicago Blackhawks team, the Jets found themselves in a trench warfare with the visiting New York Islanders, with less room to move. , a limited supply of quality scoring chances and the aggression escalated on Saturday night.

They also faced Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin, who is locked in an area and showed no signs of fatigue despite his ninth consecutive game.

In the end, Winnipeg lost for the first time in five home games, losing 2-0 to New York in front of just 13,424 spectators at the Canada Life Center.

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Winnipeg Jets goaltender Eric Comrie (1) makes a save on New York Islanders Kyle Palmieri (21) in the third period of NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday November 6, 2021 (Fred Greenslade / The Canadian Press)

Jets center Mark Scheifele and Paul Stastny were both injured in the third period and did not return. The team has Sunday off, so updates won’t come until Monday.

Scheifele tangled along the boards with Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech and injured his leg, while Stastny was hit in the foot by friendly fire.

Anders Lee scored early in the first period for the visitors, while Brock Nelson scored in the third.

The Jets, now 6-3-2, had their fair share of possession in Islanders territory but struggled to penetrate the zone in front of the blue paint.

“Yeah, before the game we talked about they give up a lot of zonal time, but it’s hard to get into the lunge, it’s hard to get something dangerous from them,” he said. ‘attacker Adam Lowry. “They’re ready to give up on the outside, they’re ready to play this structured game, get in the box and let you handle the puck on the outside.

Le gardien des Jets de Winnipeg Eric Comrie (1) effectue un arrêt sur Scott Mayfield des Islanders de New York (24) au cours de la première période.  (Fred Greenslade / La Presse Canadienne)</p>
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<p>Winnipeg Jets goalie Eric Comrie (1) saves New York Islanders Scott Mayfield (24) in the first period.  (Fred Greenslade / The Canadian Press)</p>
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<p>“Looks like they’ve got three or four guys in the lane when you put the pucks in the net.  Every time you get there, you feel like you have two guys behind your back and under your stick.			</p>
<p>When the shots were finally fired, Sorokin was formidable, registering a shutout of 24 saves, already his third of the 2021-22 campaign.  He has a strong 1.98 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.			</p>
<p>New York head coach Barry Trotz’s side, who improved to 5-2-2, have their game plan flat.			</p>
<p>“Well they don’t cheat the game and they do a good job in net boxing and making it hard to get slot odds. Obviously they’re tough on the front and fair chess. a playoff style of the game, really, “said defenseman Josh Morrissey.” Their goalie also made some big saves, so obviously (that’s) frustrating.			</p>
<p>“But I thought there were a lot of good things going for us. We’re back to back against a new team. I thought the level of competition was there, just hard to generate anything.”			</p>
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Dylan DeMelo (2) des Jets de Winnipeg est mis en échec par Matt Martin (17) des Islanders de New York au cours de la première période.  (Fred Greenslade / La Presse Canadienne)</p>
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<p>Dylan DeMelo (2) of the Winnipeg Jets is checked by Matt Martin (17) of the New York Islanders in the first period.  (Fred Greenslade / The Canadian Press)</p>
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<p>The clash turned out to be much more formidable than Friday’s against the Blackhawks, who fired head coach Jeremy Colliton about 15 hours after a horrific 5-1 loss to the Jets.			</p>
<p>“It was a test for us and there were a lot of little things that weren’t easy for us to do … but it was going to be one of those games,” said the Winnipeg head coach , Paul Maurice.  “To have the right result we have two ‘A’ chances, our two best chances are not ours and then we get a lot of blockages. But that’s a big part of what they do and how they do it. to play. ”			</p>
<p>Scheifele had the best scoring opportunities for Winnipeg, both midway through the period.  He missed a seemingly wide open cage with a riser that bounced off the glass, then was stopped by Sorokin.			</p>
<p>“The match went well.  There were enough good guys there… you don’t win every game, ”said Maurice.  “Mark puts that puck in the net 99 times out of 100, but it didn’t work for you, so you stick with it.			</p>
<p>Jets goalie Eric Comrie had a strong outing, stopping 29 shots.			</p>
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Adam Lowry (17 ans) des Jets de Winnipeg se bat avec Scott Mayfield (24) des Islanders de New York devant le banc des Islanders pendant la deuxième période. (Fred Greenslade / La Presse Canadienne)</p>
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<p>Adam Lowry of the Winnipeg Jets (17) fights with Scott Mayfield of the New York Islanders (24) off the Islanders bench in the second period.  (Fred Greenslade / The Canadian Press)</p>
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<p>The Islanders struck at 3:12 of the opening period, after Josh Bailey pulled the puck out from behind the net and fed Lee, who was uncontrolled and free to shoot his second goal of the year.			</p>
<p>Nelson scored his seventh goal just 47 seconds into the final quarter, descending on the right side and beating Comrie on the other side.  Morrissey pinched the play and Kyle Palmieri passed the puck in front of him.			</p>
<p>Maurice was asked which of the two markers was more worthy of cringe.			</p>
<p>“I would say the first because I think we can wrap it up better. The second is kind of like our night. We would have him in the offensive zone so no. We can handle that first a lot better,” he said.			</p>
<p>The Islanders are in the midst of an almost unfathomable 13-game road trip to start the 2021-22 season, as the finishing touches are made to their new home, UBS Arena.			</p>
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True to form, the intrepid goaltender thought he was good enough to get back into the crease against the Islanders, despite not facing a rubber blast in a week. He was absent Monday and Tuesday to attend the birth of his son before catching a virus.

Hellebuyck’s generous offer to start was dismissed out of hand.

“He was making an offer (Saturday) but we couldn’t do it,” Maurice said earlier today. “If everything goes well here over the next 24 hours, we’ll give him a light skate (Sunday) on the day off and practice (Monday), but we’re not out of the woods yet.”

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