It felt like a must-win game for Winnipeg.
There was Nathan Beaulieu blocking a John Tavares shot at tight range — forcing him into an early exit and the Jets to survive down a defencemen for half a game.
Enter Josh Morrissey, logging nearly 30 minutes of ice time and scoring his first of the season.
The stars in Ehlers, Scheifele and Connor all finding their way to the stat sheet.
While Andrew Copp and Mason Appleton brought their bullish brand of offence, adding skilled goals without the sparkle.
Connor Hellebuyck — scored on early, his team trailing 2-1, shut the door, delivering a 36-save performance with game-changing stops.
But it was with the Leafs’ net empty and the Jets shorthanded that the desperation was on display, as the entire team came together with an exhausting effort to just hold on as the Leafs pulled their goaltender with over three minutes to play.
A late goal by Auston Matthews brought Toronto within a tally — but the Jets hung on. They finished the game.
Now the question is: can they do it all again?
Is that type of effort sustainable or will the pure skill and speed of Toronto take over Thursday?
Thursday night hockey on 680 CJOB: what a hockey fan’s delight!