Montreal – The Winnipeg Jets kicked off a five-game road trip Thursday night against the Montreal Canadians 4-2.
Josh Morrissey, Trevor Lewis, Nicolas Ehlers and Andrew Cobb have scored for the Jets (24-13-3), with only two regular defeats in their last nine games.
Philip Donald and Paul Byrne responded to two straight dropped Canadians (17-11-9). Montreal Outshot Winnipeg 38-27.
The Jets took only 18 seconds to play. Morrissey jumped into the 3-on-2 rush and took a pass from Matthew Perrault and tapped it into the screened Jack Allen last post.
The Canadians responded quickly, with Donald returning at 1:40. He changed after Winnipeg netminder Connor Hellebok stopped Thomas Toader at a low level.
Winnipeg took the lead at 8:03 after Neil Beyonc floated a pass into Golmouth that the well-covered Lewis was able to turn with one hand. The Ehlers turned it into a 3-1 draw as Jeff dropped Petrie on the wing and knocked down Allen 13:07.
The teams played a bit tighter in the second period.
Montreal had a great opportunity to reduce the deficit. Donald stole the buck from Pyongyang behind the net and fed it to Arthur Lehonan, but his shot hit the crossbar.
Byrne turned it into a goal-scoring game after taking a strange hop off the boards, and Helboy left the post. Byrne finished it once at 15:14 under the wide netminder.
Jonathan Drew of Montreal had a great chance to end his six-week scoring drought in the third period. After the toe he went into the slot, but could not beat Hellebok.
Nick Suzuki fined Mason Appleton a timely penalty late in the third period.
The Canadians were able to kill the penalty and drag Allen for about 90 seconds, but Cobb sealed the victory with a blank-net.
After 40 minutes the Jets advanced to 15-1-2. The teams will face off again at Bell Center on Saturday.
Notes: Canadian Goldtender Carrie price is not expected to be available until next week due to a minor injury.