FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED Ken Wiebe’s
Takeaways from last night’s game vs. Anaheim
1 Finding a way
For the fourth time in 15 games, the Jets found a way to rally back when trailing after two periods. The Jets don’t seem to get rattled when falling behind and by sticking with the program, they were able to find a way to win consecutive games when Bryan Little provided the overtime winner on his 10th goal of the campaign.
2 Sense of relief
There was a little extra oomph in the fist pump as Jets sniper Patrik Laine celebrated after scoring his team-leading 25th goal of the season. Laine had gone six games without scoring, but he hammered home a one-timer to even the score at 2:24 of the second period.
3 Using the screen
The Jets hold the best home-ice power play in the NHL and they used it to get back into the contest after falling behind 2-0. Kyle Connor provided a good screen in front and Jets captain Blake Wheeler took care of the rest, beating John Gibson with a wrister for his ninth goal of the season.
4 Tough stretch
Jets No. 1 goalie Connor Hellebuyck has allowed three goals or more in 10 of his past 12 games. On Sunday, he allowed two goals on the first five shots on goal, then allowed a softie from a sharp-angle by Andrew Cogliano. But Hellebuyck didn’t allow another and provided a game-saver in overtime off Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler, who was slashed on the play by Mark Scheifele as he tried to stuff home his backhand deke.
5 Tough go for Ducks
There were certainly some positives for the Ducks, who earned a point by going to extra time for the fourth time in the past seven games. Carter Rowney chipped in three assists and Gibson kept his team in the game once again. However, the Ducks have dropped 11 consecutive games to slip below the playoff line in the Western Conference.