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Third Line The Charm As Jets Knock Off Red Wings 4-2

By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck

The Winnipeg Jets third line of Mark Scheifele, Michael Frolik and Matt Halischuk combined for five points and Al Montoya made 26 saves in a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings and a rare complete game from the Jets.

A goal and an assist for Frolik, two assists for Scheifele and the game-winning goal from Matt Halischuck was a sight for sore eyes for both the Jets’ fans and the coaching staff.

The effort was there for the Jets for a full 60 minutes and it showed as the team slid four goals past Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard. Five Jets had two point nights as the team flourished in front of Al Montoya who got his second win in three starts this season.

Mark Scheifele. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Mark Scheifele. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

“I think a big thing is we didn’t get down on ourselves,” said Scheifele. “On the bench we saying ‘you know guys, we are still in this, we still have lots of game’ and I think that was a huge character part of our team.”

Scheifele says he has built up some chemistry with Frolik and Halischuk over the past couple of games and it seems to have paid off Monday.

“We have been talking about it the last few games,” Scheifele said. “We have been creating a lot of chances and I think the biggest thing is we are just communicating really well and supporting each other on the ice really well and I think that’s a huge thing and we want to continue to build off that.”

Winnipeg Jets forward Michael Frolik (67) celebrates his goal in NHL action at MTS Centre, Nov. 4, 2013. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Winnipeg Jets forward Michael Frolik (67) celebrates his goal in NHL action at MTS Centre, Nov. 4, 2013. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Frolik, who scored one and set up another on the night, echoed Scheifele’s comments.

“We played a few games together and we tried to talk before the games and make sure we are on the same page,” said Frolik. “The last few games was working, we just didn’t score — we had a few chances — but tonight it went in an it was a great few goals.”

Meanwhile, the performances put out by Al Montoya this season have been nothing short of spectacular for the Winnipeg Jets. His .939 save-percentage and 1.69 goals-against average reflect his excellent play for the Jets and was at it again tonight.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Al Montoya (35) makes a save in NHL action at MTS Centre, Nov. 4, 2013. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Al Montoya (35) makes a save in NHL action at MTS Centre, Nov. 4, 2013. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Two timely saves, one in the first period and again in the second, kept the Jets in the game and you could feel the confidence build as the play in front of the American netminder only got better.

“You can’t ask for much more from our guys out there,” said Montoya. “All the way from the powerplay to the penalty kill, five-on-five, we did a great job against a very offensive team, a very skilled team. It just goes to show that we can play against anyone any give night.

“This is a big statement win for us. Whatever it means out there, who cares, for us in this locker room it is huge. We know what direction we need to start heading in and we know what the tools are. For us to put it together for another 60 minutes every single night, I think we will be in good shape.”

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