"Our preparation level is a lot higher," said left winger Evander
Kane, whose second-period goal was the difference in the Jets' 3-2
victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night at Honda Center.
"He's helped change our mentality to a degree.
"I think the confidence that he has in himself as a coach is wearing
off on some guys maybe that didn't have as much confidence as they
need to have. That's an attribute that he really has.
"Obviously, every coach is different. He's brought a little bit
different system that helps our preparation. It's working well for
us right now."
With Kane and goalie Ondrej Pavelec leading the way, the Jets won
their fourth straight and snapped the Ducks' 10-game home winning
streak before an announced crowd of 15,046.
Kane finished with a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, which stopped
Anaheim's franchise-best unbeaten run in regulation at 22 games.
The Jets (23-23-5) also prevented the NHL-leading Ducks (37-10-5)
from tying the 1978-79 New York Islanders for second place on the
list of longest home point streaks to start a season.
"They are a very, very good team," said Maurice, who took over after
Claude Noel was fired on Jan. 12. "They expose all your weaknesses,
and I don't mean ours, any team. What I liked there were parts of
the game when a lot of it was played on our end.
"All the stuff that you want, the character stuff, 36 blocked shots,
the big penalty kill at the end (and) holding a lead when it goes
from 3-1 to 3-2. And, yes, our goaltender was a big part of that.
And we're going to pay him."
Pavelec stopped 40 shots, while Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller
finished with eight saves on 11 shots before exiting late in the
second period. Backup goalie Frederik Andersen saved all 10 shots he
"We battled so hard," Pavalec said. "I think we did some good things
and some things we need to work on. It's a great team, especially
with (Corey) Perry and (Ryan) Getzlaf. They don't give you much. I
think we handled it well."
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Kane, who returned to the lineup after missing three games
with a deep cut on his hand, gave the Jets a 3-1 lead when he
picked up a loose puck and rushed behind the Ducks' defense to
score a short-handed goal with 4:17 left in the second period.
"They were pressing on the power play and I just took off a
little bit. I had a lot of time and space to get off a shot
off," said Kane, who scored his 15th goal.
At that point, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau yanked Hiller, who won
14 of 15 starts entering the game, for Andersen.
Anaheim sliced the deficit to 3-2 when center Nick Bonino
punched in a miss by right winger Jakob Silfverberg at 10:18 of
the third period, but the Jets kept the Ducks quiet the rest of
"It was kind of a tough game, a weird game for our group," said
Getzlaf, whose first-period assist on a Cam Fowler goal extended
his points streak to eight games. "We came out early and scored
a power-play goal, and it was almost like we let up after that.
They kind of took it to us a little bit."
Fowler put the Ducks on the board at 3:59 of the first period,
ripping a shot off the stick of defenseman Zach Bogosian and
past Pavelec on a power play for a 1-0 lead.
The Jets answered less than two minutes later. Right winger
Blake Wheeler tied the score with a wrist shot for a goal at
Winnipeg grabbed the lead when left winger Andrew Ladd tipped in
a rebound for a 2-1 advantage with 1:24 remaining in the first.
NOTES: The Jets won for the fourth time in their past five
meetings with the Ducks. Tuesday's game was the second of three
contests this season between the pair. Anaheim earned a 3-2 win
at Winnipeg on Oct. 6. The teams will face off again March 31 in
Anaheim. ... Anaheim outshot Winnipeg 15-7 in the first period
en route to a 42-21 edge for the game. ... Winnipeg is 7-3-1
against Pacific Division foes. ... This was the first meeting
between the teams since the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg
before the 2011-12 season. ... The Ducks host the Los Angeles
Kings on Thursday before the two clubs clash again Saturday at
Dodger Stadium. ... The Jets visit the San Jose Sharks on
Thursday before returning home for a game Saturday against the
Toronto Maple Leafs.
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