Winnipeg – Jason Spesa scored the only goal of the shootout to win 2-1 for the Toronto Maple Leaves against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night at Bell MTS Place.
Senior forward Connor attached a rolling page before decorating the hellebore and tapped it into the small gap between the extender pad and the post of the colander.
Kyle Connor, Pierre-Luke Dubois and Mark Schiffel failed to beat Toronto gold medalist Jack Campbell in the shootout. Campbell advanced to 8-0-0 this season.
Aston Matthews missed his shootout chance for the Northern Division lead maple leaves, advancing 24-10-3. The Jets, now five points behind Toronto, fell 22-14-2.
Toronto had several great chances to set the game aside in an overtime power play, but could not beat the Hellebore he played in his 300th career regular season game.
Travis Termot scored in regulation time for maple leaves. Andrew Cobb had a separate goal for the Jets.
Jack Hyman showed some early zip for Toronto during the quiet first period. He went fast around the net in his first shift and won the hellebore.
Campbell was consistent at the other end in an opening stanza, which had a few good scores.
At 5:16 in the second period, Dermat took a page from where he appeared to catch the Helleboik of the Guard. Entered the post for the second goal of a very harmless one-time season.
The Jets responded a few minutes later after Maple Leafs defender Morgan Reilly hit the Winnipeg blue line a short distance away.
Adam Lori advanced 2-1, and Cobb fed his 12th year at 11:50.
Toronto’s Alex Gerfoot attacked the post late in the second period and third player Alex Calsenuk found the iron early in the third.
The Jets pressed in mid-term, forcing Campbell to make a couple diving savings.
The Toronto netminder seemed to favor his foot after making a great stop for Connor, but he shook it and stayed in the game.
The power-play woes of the maple leaves continued as the night went from 0 to -3. Toronto have only one goal in their last 28 chances.
Winnipeg was 0-for-2 in the power play. Maple leaves outnumbered the Jets 38-32.
Wheeler had three shots over 15 minutes of ice time. He left Wednesday’s game against the Maple Leaves – 3-1 Toronto win – with an undisclosed injury.
The Jets said the day before that after surgery to repair a torn labyrinth, he would miss defender Nathan Paulie throughout the season.
The NHL announced on Friday that the Jets home game against the Ottawa Senators, scheduled for May 7, will take place on Monday night. The Jets and Vancouver Connex are suffering as a result of games that have recently been postponed.
Maple leaves will continue their road trip on Sunday against coal fires.