The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG–Josh Morrissey didn’t allow a two-game absence affect his play yesterday afternoon.
Morrissey returned from a lower-body injury to score the early winner, and also added two assists, as the Winnipeg Jets routed the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 7-1.
“I woke up this morning [Sunday], felt awesome, came to the rink, and went through the routine and everything was good to go,” said Morrissey, who extended his point-scoring streak to three games.
Winnipeg weathered an early Philadelphia push as the Flyers outshot the Jets 10-1 through the opening seven minutes, and 17-6 in the first period.
“Some nights you come out super hard and all of a sudden you start to lose momentum as the game goes on,” noted Morrissey.
“Some nights it looks like tonight.
“Once we started skating and getting on the forecheck, and putting more pucks to the net, when we do that we can get second and third opportunities and get some zone time, and we started to roll.”
Jets’ goalie Connor Hellebuyck helped thwart the early Flyers’ onslaught, with 16 of his 36 total saves coming in the first period.
“Something about those afternoon games just suits me,” said Hellebuyck. “I like waking up and having no down time.
“I feel very energized, not really skating in the morning, not doing much,” he added.
“Just coming to the rink and excited to play.”
Jets’ defenceman Tyler Myers praised the play of his goalie.
“There were a few of them that were big-time saves,” noted Myers, who also scored.
“[Hellebuyck] is a guy that you feel very comfortable back there with, whenever you make a mistake,” he said.
“He was able to allow us to kind of get our feet under us after the first 15 minutes.”
Winnipeg’s power play struck three times, and seven different players found the net, as the Jets improved to 10-4-2 on home ice.
Kyle Connor, Brandon Tanev, Dustin Byfuglien, Blake Wheeler, and Bryan Little also scored for Winnipeg (18-9-2).
Jakub Voracek notched his eighth goal of the season for the Flyers (12-13-3).
“We were dominating in the first,” said Voracek. “[But] Hellebuyck was standing on his head. He was playing pretty well.
“When they scored that third goal, we kind of, I wouldn’t say [we] changed things a whole lot, but we just tried to make the plays that weren’t there.”
Elsewhere in the NHL, Montreal edged Chicago 3-2, Edmonton blanked Calgary 1-0, Vancouver dumped St. Louis 6-1, Boston nipped Ottawa 2-1 (OT), Anaheim topped New Jersey 6-5 (SO), and Vegas doubled Dallas 4-2.