WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Forwards Zach Aston-Reese, Jake Guentzel and Sam Lafferty scored two goals each and lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday at Bell MTS Place.
The Jets took the game’s first lead 1 minute, 47 seconds in. After Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry and rookie defenseman John Marino fumbled puck exchange behind the Penguins’ net, Jets forward Mathieu Perreault stole it in the left corner and immediately whipped a wrister toward the cage. Penguins forward Jared McCann, on a backcheck, inadvertently deflected the puck past Jarry’s blocker on the near side and into the cage.
The Penguins responded at 4:09 of the first period. Circling around the Winnipeg net, former Jets forward Brandon Tanev emerged to the left of the crease, fended off former linemate Andrew Copp and whipped a wrister off the near post. The rebound hopped to the slot, where Teddy Blueger put a wrister on net. Jets goaltender Laurent Brossoit fought it off but allowed a rebound to bounce free to the right of the crease, where Aston-Reese cleaned it up with a backhander for his first score of the season.
The Penguins claimed a 2-1 lead at 7:50 of the second period with a power-play goal. Taking a pass at the left point, defenseman Marcus Pettersson teed up a slap pass to defenseman Brian Dumoulin low in the left circle. Dumoulin then one-touched a pass to the right of the crease, where Guentzel deflected it past Brossoit’s glove for his third goal of the season.
It became a 3-1 game at 8:31 of the second. Racing up the left wing, Penguins forward Josef Blandisi chopped a slapper but had it deflected behind the cage by the stick of Jets defenseman Tucker Poolman. The puck caromed off the end boards and bounced to the right of the cage. Lafferty beat Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey to the rebound and poked it past Brossoit’s left skate.
The Jets pulled within one goal at 10:00 of the second with a power-play score. Controlling a puck above the left circle, Jets forward Patrik Laine whipped it on net where it struck teammate Mark Scheifele above the crease. As Jarry slid down in reaction to the release by Laine, Scheifele settled the puck and lifted a backhander over Jarry’s right leg.
Penguins forward Dominik Simon got into the act at 16:28 of the second. After winning a puck battle in …read more
Source:: Daily Times