Thursday, January 15, 2015

Perreault scores four in Winnipeg Jet rout of Panthers

Winnipeg Jets fan Aaron Merke dances in a fur coat, flings popcorn and wins a competition shown on the jumbotron during a break in play against the Florida Panthers'during third period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Tuesday, January 13, 2015. CP
 Judy Owen The Canadian Press
Mathieu Perreault said he got some lucky bounces.

Four of those bounces turned into goals on Tuesday, as the Winnipeg Jets trounced the Florida Panthers 8-2.

“Four goals, it’s something very special,” Perreault said. “Obviously, bounces were going my way.

In the four goals, breakaways, (Michael) Frolik shoots it and it bounces right to me … I had a couple chances in the third, too, to get maybe five. It was one of those crazy nights.”

Perreault scored four goals with the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League about five or six years ago, but it’s a different feeling in the NHL.

“You can’t compare doing it at the highest level,” Perreault said, who played with Anaheim last season and was a Winnipeg free-agent signing in July.

Fans gave the team and first-star Perreault a loud standing ovation after the victory, which earned Paul Maurice his 500th win as an NHL head coach.

The eight-goal output was a season-high for the Jets, one short of the franchise record.

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