TOR
25-33-5
WPG
32-20-12

Jets Soar Over Leafs

The Canadian Press | Saturday, 01.03.2015 / 11:33 PM

WINNIPEG (CP) - The man Winnipeg Jets fans affectionately refer to as "Big Buff'' lived up to the nickname on Saturday night.

Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist for the Jets and at points in the night looked to be in a different gear compared to everyone else in a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"It's just confidence, knowing that I can protect the puck and find time and room for somebody else to get open and hopefully they can make it happen afterwards,'' Byfuglien said when asked about his performance.

Byfuglien assisted on the Jets' (20-12-7) first goal of the game which was scored by T.J Galiardi and was at it again, leading the Leafs on wild goose chase before Ben Chiarot let one go from the point that was tipped by Matt Halischuk to make it 2-1.

Byfuglien then scored his ninth of the season with just under 10 minutes left in the second to put the Jets up 3-1.

"I'm playing pretty good. I'm just running with what I've got right now and enjoying every minute of it.''

Leafs (21-16-3) captain Dion Phaneuf said Byfuglien's goal turned the tide in the game.

"We got beat on a night where we started the game the way we would have liked to start,'' said Phaneuf.

Mike Santorelli opened the scoring for Toronto early in the second after batting the puck out of the air to make it 1-0.

"We (then) seemed to have breakdown after break down and the next thing its 3-1 for them and the momentum has shifted,'' said Phaneuf.

The Leafs were certainly feeling the effects at the end of a gruelling, season-high seven-game road trip, in which they finished with just two wins.

"This has been a terrible trip for our team,'' said Phaneuf.

"We didn't get nearly the results we wanted or needed and we got to go home and regroup because this has been a not a very good trip all-around.''

"It's been a busy week with a lot of travel and some tough teams on the road,'' Leafs goaltender James Reimer added. "Tonight, maybe we were a little tired, but I don't want to give that as an excuse. We are all professionals and we got to find a way to win these games when we are tired.''

Phaneuf agreed with his netminder.

"I don't think we are in the position to use our schedule as our excuse,'' he said.

Somewhat lost in the mix of Byfuglien's fine play was the milestone hit by his defensive partner Ben Chariot.

Chiarot, the rookie defenceman who started the year with the Jets' AHL affiliate in St. John's, scored his first career NHL goal.

"I'm obviously pretty happy about it,'' said Chiarot. "That was one of the keys in our game plan tonight, getting pucks to the net. It was a great faceoff by Little there and I just put it on net.''

"I'm proud of him, he's really earned it,'' said Byfuglien. "He's had to go through a lot playing with me.''

Michael Hutchinson was solid when called upon for the Jets, making 20 saves for his 10th win of the season. Reimer fell to 6-7-0 with the loss after allowing five goals on 40 shots.

The Jets snapped a two-game skid with the win.

"It was a big game for us, you never really want to lose three in a row,'' said Galiardi, who fired home his first goal of the season. "We weren't happy with the way things were going there, but we showed tonight we can bounce right back.''

Toronto was without the services of Nazem Kadri, Joffrey Lupul and Peter Holland, all out with injuries.

Winnipeg played without its top four defencemen Mark Stuart, Zach Bogosian, Tobias Enstrom and Jacob Trouba as well as forward Evander Kane.

Both teams played to a scoreless first 20 minutes. The Jets had the edge in shots, 10-6.

Santorelli opened the scoring for Toronto 2:19 into the second period, but the Jets responded just 1:10 later as Galiardi scored.

Little added his team-leading 15th goal of the season in the third period and Chiarot made it 5-1 with 9:05 remaining in regulation.

The Jets improved to 7-2-1 against the Leafs since moving from Atlanta in 2011.

Toronto returns to the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday for a contest against the Washington Capitals.

Winnipeg welcomes the San Jose Sharks on Monday night before heading on the road for three games.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:19TOR Michael Santorelli (9) ASST: James van Riemsdyk (20), Dion Phaneuf (20) 1 - 0 TOR
03:29WPG TJ Galiardi (1) ASST: Dustin Byfuglien (13) 1 - 1 Tie
05:59WPG Matt Halischuk (2) ASST: Ben Chiarot (3), Andrew Ladd (16) 2 - 1 WPG
10:04WPG Dustin Byfuglien (9) ASST: Blake Wheeler (18), Bryan Little (14) 3 - 1 WPG
3rd Period
03:37WPG PPG - Bryan Little (15) ASST: Mathieu Perreault (11), Andrew Ladd (17) 4 - 1 WPG
10:55WPG Ben Chiarot (1) ASST: Bryan Little (15) 5 - 1 WPG
Three Stars of the Game
Dustin Byfuglien
1st
Dustin Byfuglien
D
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 4TOI: 23:51
Ben Chiarot
2nd
Ben Chiarot
D
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 16:26
Bryan Little
3rd
Bryan Little
C
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:33
Penalty Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
06:33WPG Dustin Byfuglien  Holding against  Leo Komarov
13:10TOR David Clarkson  Interference against  Bryan Little
13:37TOR Roman Polak  Slashing against  Bryan Little
16:13TOR Tyler Bozak  Holding against  Michael Frolik
16:41WPG Andrew Ladd  Slashing against  Daniel Winnik
3rd Period
01:38TOR Korbinian Holzer  Unsportsmanlike conduct
01:38TOR Korbinian Holzer  Interference against  Mark Scheifele
06:23WPG Jay Harrison  Hooking against  David Clarkson
11:27WPG Mathieu Perreault  Tripping against  Greg McKegg
18:32TOR Roman Polak  Roughing against  Jim Slater
18:32TOR Roman Polak  Roughing against  Jim Slater
18:32WPG Jim Slater  Roughing against  Roman Polak
18:32WPG Jim Slater  Roughing against  Roman Polak
shots by period
PeriodTORWPG
1st610
2nd717
3rd813
Total2140
Team Stats
CategoryTORWPG
Power Plays0/41/5
Hits2625
Faceoff Wins2437
Giveaways1115
Takeaways37
Blocked Shots1210
Penalty Minutes1412
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  • WINNIPEG
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