The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG–Even Joe Morrow wasn’t really positive he scored the game-winning goal for the Winnipeg Jets last night but he’ll take it.
The defenceman’s goal with eight minutes to go in the third period lifted the Jets to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild in pre-season action.
The puck appeared to hit the post behind Wild goalie Andrew Hammond and bounce out off the post at 11:45 but it was signalled a good goal, bringing the crowd at Bell MTS Place to their feet.
“Was it on the scoresheet?” Morrow responded with a smile when asked if the goal was good.
“I haven’t seen the video yet but I’m pretty sure that everybody says it didn’t go in,” he noted.
“I just tried to shoot it hard so nobody could see it.”
Forward Marko Dano scored for Winnipeg late in the first period while ex-Jets’ forward Matt Hendricks tied it up for the Wild early in the third.
Morrow’s goal wasn’t shown on the arena’s big video screen, much to the amusement of Minnesota head coach Bruce Boudreau.
“I thought they were going to show it after at least the first face-off,” Boudreau said. “There was a face-off about 20 seconds later but we said on the bench, ‘If they didn’t show it, we know it wasn’t in.'”
There is no coach’s challenge in the pre-season and his staff didn’t have electronic tablets like in the regular season, Boudreau noted.
“The ping I heard, I thought that it didn’t go in,” he remarked. “And when they [the Jets] didn’t really celebrate, they were sort of looking around, they didn’t know, either.”
The game was a battle of the backup goalies as the Jets sat starter Connor Hellebuyck and Minnesota did likewise with Devan Dubnyk.
Laurent Brossoit, a free-agent Winnipeg signing, made 39 saves. He got the nod ahead of Eric Comrie.
A former backup with the Edmonton Oilers, Brossoit is on a one-year, one-way contract. Comrie has a one-year, two-way deal.
“Two, three minutes they pumped a few into my chest early, that got me a bit of a feel for the game,” Brossoit noted.
“It kind of just rolled from there.”
Hammond stopped 28 shots for Minnesota. The former Ottawa netminder signed a one-year, two-way deal in the summer after being with Colorado last season following back surgery and a trade by the Senators.
The 30-year-old is trying to get the job away from Alex Stalock.
He wasn’t sure Morrow’s goal should have counted, either.
“I can’t really say with certainty either way because I knew there wasn’t a lot of net there, but our coaching staff seems to think that it didn’t cross the line,” Hammond said.
Both teams only had a handful of their regulars on the ice.