Stafford scores 2 power-play goals, leads Jets over Predators 4-1
The Winnipeg Jets won 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
Jim Diamond, The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 10:33PM CST
Drew Stafford scored a pair of power-play goals to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
Ben Chiarot and Alexander Burmistrov also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 43 saves for the Jets. Hellebuyck turned aside 17 shots in the first, 12 in the second and 14 in the third.
Colin Wilson had the lone goal for Nashville, which has lost three of four.
Winnipeg scored the only goal of the first, when Stafford connected on the power play at 10:43.
Tyler Myers carried the puck into the Nashville zone on the left side. From below the goal line, he sent a backhand pass in front to Stafford, where he beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne between the pads on a redirection.
Nashville coach Peter Laviolette challenged the call, thinking the play was offside. Video review confirmed the call on the ice, as Nikolaj Ehlers kept his toe on the line when Myers brought the puck into the zone.
Stafford scored his second of the night at 8:42 of the second, again on the power play.
With Stafford positioned in front of Rinne, Toby Enstrom sent a slap shot from the left point toward the Nashville net. Stafford extended his stick just below the height of the crossbar and tipped in his 14th of the season with a deft deflection.
Rinne finished with 14 saves.
Chiarot made it 3-0 at 5:05 of the third with a wrist shot from the left side. The goal was Chiarot's first of the season.
Wilson got Nashville on the scoreboard at 13:23 of the third.
Burmistrov added an empty-net goal in the game's final minute.