Newspaper article The Canadian Press

John Tavares, Ryan Strome Each Score, Add Assist as Islanders Down Jets

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

John Tavares, Ryan Strome Each Score, Add Assist as Islanders Down Jets

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Tavares, Strome help Islanders down Jets 6-2

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WINNIPEG - Goaltender Thomas Greiss was impressed with his team's offensive output on Saturday night.

Greiss made 32 saves and six different New York Islanders scored in a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

"You can't always rely on one or two guys. Everybody's got to chip in," Greiss said. "It was a great example today and made the game easy for us."

John Tavares and Ryan Strome each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders (15-15-6), who've won four of their last five games. Nikolay Kulemin, Shane Prince, Anders Lee and Andrew Ladd rounded out the attack while Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson both added a pair of assists.

Shawn Matthias scored shorthanded, while Nikolaj Ehlers had a power-play goal for Winnipeg (17-19-3), which has only won two of its last five games.

"It's pretty self-explanatory," Jets captain Blake Wheeler said in a 32-second scrum with reporters. "It wasn't good enough and the score was indicative of that."

Teammate Mark Scheifele pinpointed one area of concern.

"That effort level tonight out there wasn't acceptable and definitely (is) something that needs to be addressed," he said.

"At the end of the day, that's what it is, it's hard work. Battling through adversity. Battling through all the stuff that goes on in a game.

"Not every shift is going to go as planned, but for us, we need to battle through it, every bump and bruise, every miscue during the game and support each other that way."

The Islanders had a 2-0 lead after the first period and were ahead 4-0 late in the second.

It was enough to switch Jets goalies.

Connor Hellebuyck had allowed four goals on 15 shots and was replaced by Michael Hutchinson with 5:47 left in the second period. Hutchinson made seven stops in relief.

"We've been slowly chipping away and doing some better things," said Tavares, whose team was coming off a 6-4 loss to Minnesota on Thursday. …

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