Canadiens and Jets deliver with impressive weekend comebacks

Brendan Gallagher (Lisa Gansky, Wikimedia Commons)

The Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets headlined the opening season of the 2019-20 National Hockey League regular season with two sensational comebacks. The Jets were once trailing the New Jersey Devils 4-0 in the second period before scoring four goals in regulation and generating two shootout goals from Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler in a 5-4 win. Meanwhile, the Canadiens were trailing the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 before scoring four unanswered third period goals and a shootout winner from Paul Byron of Ottawa, Ontario in a 6-5 win.

It was the first win of the season for the Jets and Canadiens. Winnipeg had also lost 6-4 to the New York Rangers on Thursday and 4-1 to the New York Islanders on Sunday. The Canadiens began their 2019-20 National Hockey League regular season with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

In the Jets win over the Devils, three Jets registered a multi-point game. Mathieu Perreault of Drummondville, Quebec and Neal Pionk each notched one goal and one assist, while Mark Scheifele of Kitchener, Ontario had two assists. Other Jets goal scorers were Jack Roslovic and Dmitry Kulikov.

In the Canadiens win over the Maple Leafs, Brendan Gallagher of Edmonton, Alberta led the Canadiens in scoring with three points (one goal and two assists). Other Canadiens players who scored were Canadian Olympic gold medalist Shea Weber of Sicamous. British Columbia, Max Domi of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Phillip Danault of Victoriaville, Quebec, Jonathan Drouin of Sainte-Agathes-des-Monts, Quebec and Jeff Petry. Weber won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. 

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