Too many things went wrong tonight for the Winnipeg Jets.
Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was chased from his crease, the team gave up a series-high 6 goals and failed to score three goals for the first time in the three games. Perhaps the biggest loss of the night, though, came on Winnipeg’s blue line. Already down three goals in the second, coveted defenceman Tyler Myers was forced to leave the game after colliding awkwardly along the boards with Wild forward Marcus Foligno.
Accidental or not, Foligno appeared to take out Myers’ legs before falling to his knees. When asked about the collision, Jets head coach Paul Maurice provided a very blunt response.
Myers has been a rock for the Jets all year, collecting 6 goals and 30 assists in 82 games played. The 6’8 giant already scored two goals and added an assist before going down with the injury.
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With Toby Enstrom sidelined with a lower body injury, the Jets can hardly afford to lose any more blueliners. Winnipeg takes on Minnesota on Tuesday night in a key game 4 battle on the road.
(H/T Pierre LeBrun)