NHL Hockey

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Final 1 2 3 OT Tot
Winnipeg 0 0 1 1 2
St. Louis 0 0 1 0 1
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Series tied 2-2
Three Stars
1: Kyle Connor, Wpg (1G, 1A)
2: Jordan Binnington, StL (37 Saves)
3: Mark Scheifele, Wpg (1G, 1A)
6:30 PM PT7:30 PM MT8:30 PM CT9:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)21:30 ET22:30 BRT, April 16, 2019
Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 18,346

Jets looking to even series against Blues

Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues

  1. The Jets beat the Blues, 6-3, in St. Louis on Sunday to get their first win of the series, the only playoff series in which the road team has won every game. The six goals were tied for the second most in a playoff game by the Jets franchise -- they had a seven-goal game and a six-goal game against Nashville last year.
  2. Patrik Laine has scored in each of the three games in this series despite getting just one shot on goal in Game 3. Since 2010-11, only three players have started a postseason with goals in four straight games -- Sean Monahan (2017), Patrick Marleau (2013), and Teemu Selanne (2011).
  3. Dustin Byfuglien has recorded back-to-back multi-point postseason games for the second time in his career (also Games 2 and 3 against Nashville last season). He now has 36 career points against St. Louis (regular and postseason), his second most against any opponent (38 vs. Minnesota).
  4. The Blues are 9-14 all-time in Game 4 when leading a series 2-1, but are 14-9 all-time in those series. They're 9-1 in series all-time when leading 3-1 -- their only loss came in 2003 to the Canucks.
  5. Alex Pietrangelo leads St. Louis in points this postseason with four, all coming on assists. He's the first Blues player to begin a postseason with assists in three straight games since Al MacInnis in 1999. The last to do so in more than three was Wayne Gretzky (five straight in 1996).
  6. Jordan Binnington allowed all six goals in the Game 3 loss on Sunday. He didn't allow more than four goals in any of his 30 regular-season starts, and never allowed more than three at home. He was 6-0-0 with a 2.17 GAA following a loss this season.
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Have the Winnipeg Jets finally achieved liftoff? Or are they not quite ready for flight?

Despite a dominating performance in Sunday's 6-3 victory to pull themselves back into their first-round playoff series with the St. Louis Blues, the visiting Jets still have plenty to answer Tuesday in Game 4.

The Jets still trail 2-1 in the best-of-seven affair. Once considered a Stanley Cup contender, they have struggled for months, unable to string together victories or stay at the top of their game for extended stretches. Time will tell whether Sunday's effort means Winnipeg has finally turned that corner, or if it will take another step backward.

"We're building every shift, every game throughout the series," said Jets winger Kyle Connor, who scored two goals in the Game 3 win. "We're getting closer to our game, and it's pretty dangerous."

After the Blues took both games in Winnipeg to kick off the series, the Jets were in must-win territory. They delivered a strong start-to-finish performance, justifying their belief that they were just as good as their opponents in the first two games.

"It was good to get rewarded," Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler said. "Obviously (a 3-0 series deficit) is a bad hole to get into. We stayed with the game plan, stayed with what we've done the whole series so far, and just got a little bit more rewarded."

Unquestionably, playoff wins and losses are more emotional, but the Blues have every right to feel confident. They are still up in the series, and Game 4 is on their turf -- even if all three games in the series have been won by the road team. Besides, counting their finish in the regular season, St. Louis has won 10 of its last 13 games.

"There's no panic in here," forward David Perron told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We've just got to look at some video, talk about things (Monday). We'll be fine. It's one game. Whether you win 7-0 or you lose 1-0, it's worth one right now. Got to give them credit, they played a good game."

"We made a good push there for a little bit, but we just didn't start the way we wanted to," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo added. "We knew they were going to come out (and) it just wasn't us from the start. We had some good pushes, but overall we need to do better."

Seeing as both teams finished the regular season with 99 points, it makes sense this would be a closely contested series. What makes the difference between moving onto the next round or a quick exit remains to be seen, but both teams are aware they must find another gear.

"I liked our first two games maybe more than I let on -- I just didn't want to sound like we were happy about losing hockey," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "I didn't think we were that far off. We played well. This is going to be a good, tight and probably seven-game series."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 16, 2019

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