Gibson brilliant as Ducks down Jets in season opener

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The Winnipeg Jets’ archetypal travel to the United States successful astir 20 months did not spell good Wednesday night.

John Gibson stopped 33 of 34 shots and Mason McTavish scored successful his NHL debut arsenic the Anaheim Ducks downed Winnipeg 4-1 successful the opening crippled of the 2021-22 play for some clubs.

Kevin Shattenkirk, Mason McTavish, Adam Henrique and Rickard Rakell scored goals for Anaheim, portion Kyle Connor replied with the Jets lone marker successful the loss.

The Jets generated a ton of scoring chances, but it was a disastrous nighttime for their peculiar teams. The Jets’ powerfulness play was 0-for-5 connected the night, portion they besides surrendered a brace of powerfulness play goals to the Ducks.

“We had 5 consecutive faceoff losses connected the winning goal,” said Jets caput manager Paul Maurice. “I liked our powerfulness play. I liked the chances that we got. The mentality of putting the puck to the nett and helium made a mates large saves.

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“Our punishment termination astir apt got what it deserved. We ended up successful our extremity successful operation acold much than we needed to beryllium and truly determination was much unsafe worldly really later.”

The Jets ended up outshooting the Ducks 34-22.

“There was a batch of bully things successful that crippled for us,” said Josh Morrissey. “A batch to physique disconnected of and that’s what it’s each astir this clip of year. It’s crippled 1 – you don’t marque the playoffs oregon execute thing time one. Obviously you privation to win, but determination was a batch of bully things determination for us, and immoderate things we tin cleanable up and bash a small spot amended at.”

19-year-old rookie Cole Perfetti was held pointless successful his NHL debut. He was a minus-one, with 1 deed successful 9:49 of crystal time.

“It’s a imagination travel true,” said Perfetti. “It’s a small antithetic than however you imagination of it arsenic a kid. You imagination of scoring the crippled winning extremity oregon scoring your archetypal extremity and winning, but astatine the extremity of the time – I conscionable played successful the National Hockey League.

“That’s thing I’ll ne'er forget.”

Mark Scheifele missed the play opening contention portion serving the last crippled of his suspension from past season’s playoffs, and with Scheifele present owed to return, it volition apt propulsion Perfetti backmost to the AHL with the Manitoba Moose.

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“I similar a full batch of his game,” Maurice said. “He competes connected pucks. He makes bully plays with pucks. It’s not whether he’s bully enough, it’s whether it makes the astir sense.”

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The Jets carried the bulk of the play aboriginal connected acknowledgment to a brace of aboriginal powerfulness plays but were incapable to get 1 past Gibson.

At the different end, Gibson’s main contention for the starting netminder gig connected the US Olympic squad was beaten connected Anaheim’s archetypal changeable of the game. Kevin Shattenkirk’s seeing-eye changeable from the boards recovered its mode past Connor Hellebuyck conscionable implicit six minutes into the first.

Seven minutes aboriginal it was McTavish, 1 of the galore young players successful the lineup for the rebuilding Ducks, who notched his archetypal vocation tally.

Kyle Connor got the Jets connected the committee aboriginal successful the second, burying a one-timer connected a bully provender from skipper Blake Wheeler.

But past the Ducks powerfulness play, which past play was the worst the NHL had ever seen since they started keeping way of powerfulness play percent successful 1977, scored a brace of goals to enactment the crippled retired of reach.

First, it was Adam Henrique deflecting 1 past Hellebuyck precocious successful the second. That was followed by Rickard Rakell beating the Jets goalie with a deflection successful the 3rd period.

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The 2 sides volition conscionable again October 21st successful Winnipeg for the Jets’ location opener.

The Jets three-game play opening roadworthy travel continues connected Saturday against the San Jose Sharks.

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