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Winnipeg 8, Montreal 4
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Where: Canada Life Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Referees: Michael Markovic, Chris Schlenker
Linesmen: Travis Gawryletz, Mark Shewchyk
Attendance: 13816

Andrew Copp provided the tiebreaking score late in the second period and Mark Scheifele had two goals and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets overcame blowing a four-goal lead to cool off the visiting Montreal Canadiens with an 8-4 victory on Tuesday.

After Josh Anderson scored Montreal's fourth straight goal at 4:08 of the second period -- capping his first career hat trick -- to tie the game at 4-4, Winnipeg eventually regained the form it had shown while scoring on four of its first six shots through the first 9:13 of the contest.

Moments after the Jets' Connor Hellebuyck (31 saves) easily stopped Rem Pitlick's penalty shot, Copp scored on the power play with 2:43 remaining in the middle frame to give the hosts a 5-4 lead.

Third-period goals from Scheifele, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Paul Stastny provided a cushion for Winnipeg, which went 3-for-6 on the power play to match its highest-scoring game of the season. The Jets won back-to-back contests for the first time since Feb. 16-17.

Dubois had a goal and two assists while teammates Stastny, Copp, Adam Lowry, Nate Schmidt and Evgeny Svechnikov each had a goal and an assist. Kyle Connor notched three assists while Blake Wheeler had two helpers.

Anderson's special night and a goal from Artturi Lehkonen weren't enough for the Canadiens, whose season-best winning streak ended at five games.

Just 5:21 into the game, Schmidt perfectly placed a cross-slot pass on the stick of Svechnikov, who pushed it past Montreal's Sam Montembeault (16 saves). Schmidt's drive from the near point 36 seconds later made it 2-0.

Following a Montreal turnover, the puck found Winnipeg's Dylan DeMelo, who came out of the penalty box, then into a two-on-one with Lowry, who buried a backhander for a 3-0 edge. Just 27 seconds later, Scheifele converted a one-timer.

Montreal got on the board at 11:18 of the first when Anderson's angled shot went through the legs of Hellebuyck. Anderson made it 4-2 when he pounced on a power-play rebound three minutes before the first intermission.

The Canadiens capped the wild first-period scoring with 1:32 to go when a streaking Lehkonen beat Hellebuyck for his third goal in two games.

Montreal's Andrew Hammond stopped six of seven shots after replacing Montembeault at the 5:49 mark of the third period.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Montreal   Winnipeg
Josh Anderson 3 Points Mark Scheifele 3
Josh Anderson 3 Goals Mark Scheifele 2
Cole Caufield 1 Assists Kyle Connor 3
Josh Anderson 1 Power Play Goals Mark Scheifele 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Andrew Hammond .857 Save Percentage Connor Hellebuyck .886
Sam Montembeault 16 Saves Connor Hellebuyck 31
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Montreal 35 4 1-6 2-6 19 22
Winnipeg 30 8 4-6 5-6 19 38
Upcoming Games
  • Winnipeg will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Jets have a W/L % of .478 after a win and .419 after a loss.
  • Montreal will play their next game on the road against Calgary. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .308 after a win and .220 after a loss.