The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG–Paul Maurice is getting a clearer picture of the Winnipeg Jets’ roster after they pumped out a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Ottawa Senators last night.
Dustin Byfuglien, Bryan Little, and Nic Petan scored on the power play, Marko Dano broke the 3-3 tie, and Little added a second goal into an empty net.
Byfuglien and Nikolaj Ehlers each added a pair of helpers.
Winnipeg capitalized on three of its seven power-play opportunities and held the Senators at bay during their two chances with the man advantage.
“I’ve got a pretty good handle on the way I think it’s going to look,” Maurice said of his roster.
“Those power-play goals were important but that penalty kill was more important,” he noted.
“There are guys here that are good players,” Maurice added. “There’s an offensive group kinda competing with each other.
“Then there’s a group that’s out here to kill penalties and do some of the grinding work,” he remarked.
“So they had a good impact, too.”
Winnipeg (2-3-1) has scored 15 goals in the pre-season, with 12 of those coming on the power play.
Little tied it 3-3 at 8:33 of the third, then Dano scored on a 2-on-1 with Petan, sending a high shot over goalie Mike Condon’s stick side at 13:12.
Bobby Ryan, Alex Formenton, and Kyle Turris scored for Ottawa (3-2-0) while Condon made 29 saves and had two screened shots beat him.
Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 15 of the 18 shots he faced for the Jets.
“They’re very good at getting traffic in front of the net,” Condon noted.
“Even guys the size of [Mathieu] Perreault, little guys, do a great job of getting in your line of sight and forcing you to pick a side.”
Puck-handling was one area of his team’s play that irked Senators’ head coach Guy Boucher.
“We’re trying to make pretty plays,” he noted.
“Lots of turnovers on zone entries, turnovers in the offensive, turnovers in the ‘D’ zone.”
Boucher did like the speed and play of Formenton, and said the 18-year-old will get another game.
The Jets close out the exhibition season Saturday against Calgary.
Ottawa travels to Montreal on Saturday for its last game.
Elsewhere, Toronto doubled Montreal 4-2, Edmonton blanked Carolina 4-0, New Jersey beat Washington 4-1, and Pittsburgh topped Buffalo 5-4.