Winnipeg Jets lost 4-2 at their home arena in the match against Toronto.
This was their first home defeat in the new season. Many fans were waiting for this match and considered it one of the most interesting at the beginning of the season. In this match, a heated confrontation between Matthews and Laine was expected, but both players were not noted for productive actions.
A bad start of the match has already become an unpleasant tradition for the Jets in the new season. Winnipeggers missed three goals and joined the fight only in the third period but the comeback was not possible.
Head coach Paul Maurice said that at this stage, he was most worried about the game on the defensive line. Attack players also did not realize their opportunities to score a goal but defensive play became the cause of defeat, according to the coach.
For Maple Leafs, this victory was the first in the last three games. Tavares, Kapanen, Ennis and Kadri scored goals. Adam Lowry noted a good game of the opponent on pucks rebound and pressure free of zones, which did not allow Winnipeg to break through to the Toronto net.
For the Jets goals were scored by Ehlers and Scheifele, Wheeler made 2 assists. Goalie Hellebuyck repelled 35 hits. For Ehlers, this was the first goal in the last 26 matches. Due to this fact, he was very happy after the match, despite the defeat of the team.
On shots on goal, the Jets surpassed their rival with a score of 40-39, which, incidentally, did not help to win. In the third period, Winnipeg reduced the difference in the score to just one goal and had a real chance to win back but eventually missed another goal.
The next 4 matches Winnipeg Jets will not hold in the home arena. This will be the games in Detroit, Toronto and two matches with Florida in Finland.
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