Jets, now dubbed the comeback kids, did it again. After going down in yet another third-period, their never-say-die attitude was on display once more as the Winnipeg Jets had their way against the Edmond Oilers on a Tuesday night at the Bell MTS Place. If you had took advantage of the opportunity and wagered on the game on William Hill, you must have been on the edge of your seat watching this thrilling encounter. The game ended 6-4 in favor of the Jets, a result that improves their record to 5-2-0 on the young season.
Four of their wins have come from games they went behind at some point, including three games in which they went behind in the final 20 minutes. After the loss, Edmonton falls to 3-5-0. Even though the win followed a typical script for the Jets, this time, it was unlikely characters behind it.Patrik Laine’s injury gave way to Andrew Copp, a red-hot versatile checking forward in the lineup. Andrew had a night to remember in his career, managing two goals and two assists. On the other hand, shutdown center Adam Lowry continued his impressive start to the season with the goal that sealed the game and two helpers.
There has been talk of Winnipeg’s super talented top-six forwards comprising of Mark Scheifele, Nikolaj Ehlers, Kyle Connor, Paul Stastny, and Blake Wheeler. But after this game, Copp’s performance will force the commentators to expand that number to a superb seven.
Copp’s four goals and five assists and Lowry’s four goals and three assists are giving the kind of secondary firepower that helps transform a good hockey team into a great one. Moreover, the timing of their performances is excellent for both club and individual careers. Lowry will be an unrestricted free agent during the summer, and Copp is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights.
On that big night, the Jet’s top trio of Connor, Scheifele, and Wheeler had a challenging ride against the Oilers. Luckily for them, Copp’s new-look second line was prevailing. Ehlers overcame a first-period injury scare after taking a skate to the stomach and went on to match a career-best with four points after bagging one goal and three assists. Stansy scored one goal and provided an assist. Dubois is also likely to head for that line after finishing his 14-day quarantine. It’s unimaginable that anyone would want to separate the three now that they are clicking.This victory was significant for several reasons. First, it concluded an exhausting run of six games in nine nights, going 4-2-0 in that period. It also came after the heartbreaking encounter with Edmonton, who scored 0.7 seconds to the end of the third period ending the match 3-3. They nearly made a comeback in that match too.
After the match, Lowry claimed that they experienced a difficult start to the game, but they managed to regroup after the first period. He went on to claim that the team believed in their firepower and leadership. They could not continue their run in the next match as they could not overcome the Vancouver Canucks.