Dubois Nets Goal in Homecoming at Winnipeg, But Kings Overpower Jets


Dubois Nets Goal in Homecoming at Winnipeg, But Kings Overpower Jets

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The Los Angeles Kings kicked off their season with an impressive 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at Canada Life Centre on Tuesday evening.

Pierre-Luc Dubois, in his closely-watched debut, opened the scoring for the Kings, setting the tone for the match and pushing Winnipeg to a 1-2-0 record for the season.

Unfortunately, Winnipeg’s hopes took an early hit when Gabe Vilardi, a prized offseason acquisition, suffered a lower-body injury just 5:55 into the game. The severity of the injury, possibly related to his MCL, cast a shadow over the arena, altering the game’s dynamics in an instant.

Dubois continued to be a key player for the Kings, breaking the scoreless tie in the second period. Despite facing a chorus of boos from the Winnipeg crowd every time he touched the puck, Dubois capitalized on a loose puck near the crease shortly after a Winnipeg penalty expired.

The game turned physical, with Andreas Englund delivering a hard hit on Cole Perfetti, triggering a series of events. Dylan Samberg attempted to intervene, but faced a two-punch setback, earning him a fighting major, instigator penalty, and a 10-minute misconduct.

Post-game, a frustrated Nikolaj Ehlers commented on the penalties, emphasizing the need to avoid penalty kills. He expressed dissatisfaction with a non-call on the hit, acknowledging that it wouldn’t change the outcome.

Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor, known for their competitive spirits, attempted to join the fray, engaging in a late-period skirmish with Kings opponents.

Entering the second period with a 14-9 shot advantage, Winnipeg found themselves trailing 21-18 by the period’s end.

The Kings solidified their lead early in the third period, as Arthur Kaliyev, recently returned from suspension, widened the gap to 3-0. A defensive lapse led to a well-executed play resulting in Kaliyev’s goal.

Moore added another goal late in the third period, followed by Danault, extending the lead to 5-0. Scheifele salvaged some pride for the Jets, scoring with just 1:16 left in the game, denying Talbot a shutout.

In goal, the frustrated Jets’ goalkeeper made 23 saves on 28 shots, while Talbot demonstrated exceptional form, stopping 26 of 27 shots.

The Jets now prepare for the final match of their three-game homestand, facing the reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Vegas Golden Knights, at Canada Life Centre. The game will be broadcasted live on TSN at 7:00 PM central time.

In all likelihood, Laurent Brossoit will make his 2023-24 debut in net against his former teammates.




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