Roslovic gets 1st hat trick, Jets rout Ducks 9-3
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jack Roslovic is glad he’s a quick healer.
Roslovic had his first career hat trick as the Winnipeg Jets scored a franchise-record six goals in the first period on their way to a 9-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.
Roslovic had left the morning skate because of cramps and was a game-time decision. But the third-year forward rebounded to score three power-play goals and add an assist.
“Went off the ice there in the early morning skate, but I guess I toughed it out,” said Roslovic, adding he warmed up his body in the gym. “I guess things like that happen.”
Bryan Little scored twice and had one assist. Andrew Copp, Blake Wheeler, Brendan Lemieux and Tyler Myers also had goals for Winnipeg, which has won three straight and seven consecutive games at home.
The nine goals set a franchise record for most goals scored in a game at home and tied the franchise record for most goals scored in a game.
“It feels like we haven’t been playing our best hockey here and at some points, it’s been a bit of a lull,” Copp said. “So we give our fans something to cheer about early in that first and get them into the game right away.”
Nick Ritchie, Daniel Sprong and Devin Shore scored for the Ducks, who lost their third straight in the first game of a five-game trip.
Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for the Jets and was credited with an assist in the second game of a three-game homestand.
“Our personnel has to understand what happened tonight is unacceptable and we’re going to hold some people accountable to the way that they’re playing,” Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said. “With ice time. They’re gonna sit in the stands. You know there are various ways to do it, but you know it’s one of those things that I never expected us to perform like we did tonight with the group that we have coming off of a nine-day break.
“I figured we would have a little bit of a lull, that we would get our feet underneath us, but we didn’t initiate enough and didn’t get involved enough in the hockey game to even be satisfied.”
John Gibson stopped eight of the 14 shots he faced before being pulled after Lemieux’s goal at 17:41 of the first period made it 6-0. Chad Johnson made 14 saves in relief.
“To give up six in the first period. Unacceptable,” Corey Perry said. “We as a team have to be better, have to be better in front of (Gibson).
Before Anaheim even had a shot on goal in the first period, Copp scored at 2:07 and Roslovic made it 2-0 with his first of the game at 5:26.
Wheeler, Little, Roslovic and Lemieux added four more goals between 12:04 and 17:41.
Gibson was beat by a variety of shots; Roslovic on a breakaway, Wheeler off a rebound, Lemieux had a wraparound and a two-on-one with Little and Dmitry Kulikov, who was playing in his 600th NHL game.
The Jets outshot the Ducks 14-4 in the opening frame. Anaheim responded with two straight goals in the second by Ritchie at 1:32 and Sprong at 13:54.
Myers made it 7-2 when he redirected an pass from Appleton into the net at 14:42, and Roslovic caused hats to rain down from the stands with his third goal with 21 seconds remaining in second.
While the Jets had a 10-9 shot advantage in the second period, they continued to make their shots count.
Little tipped a point shot from Chiarot that went by Johnson 54 seconds into the third. Shore scored for the Ducks at 12:17 to make it 9-3.
NOTES: Anaheim was coming off a nine-day break and welcomed back three players from injury. Perry made his season debut after undergoing knee surgery on Sept. 26. Patrick Eaves had been out 33 games because of a broken rib and Jakob Silfverberg had missed four games with a hamstring injury.
Ducks: At Toronto on Monday.
Jets: Host San Jose on Tuesday.