Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) – Mark Scheifele had two goals and an assist
to lead the Winnipeg Jets in a 5-1 thumping of the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.
Evander Kane and Michael Frolik each posted a goal and an assist while Chris
Thorburn also scored for the Jets, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 27 shots in the win.
Nikita Zadorov scored the only goal of the game for the Sabres, who were
riding a four-game winning streak coming into the game. Michal Neuvirth
allowed all five goals on 36 shots in the loss.
The only goal of the first period went to Buffalo with 43.1 seconds left as
Zadorov’s wrister from the left circle fooled Pavelec for a power-play goal.
Winnipeg, though, tied the game near the midway mark of the second period on
Scheifele’s heavy wrister from the right circle just as a power play expired.
Skating shorthanded, Winnipeg took a 2-1 lead at 11:35 of the second on a 2-
on-1 break that saw Jim Slater skate down the right wing and send it to the
slot where Frolik wristed it home for his seventh of the season.
Three minutes later, the Jets made it a 3-1 contest on another 2-on-1 break as
Mathieu Perreault fed Scheifele for his sixth of the season.
Just 1:11 into the third period, the Jets scored a marker on the power play as
Kane chipped it in from the right side. Thorburn scored with 7:21 remaining to
account for the final score.
Buffalo returns home to face Colorado on Saturday … Winnipeg hosts Boston on
Friday … Both teams finished the game 1-for-4 on the power play.