NHL: Tyler Toffoli feels comfortable with his new teammates, who bounced back against the Caps

According to head coach Rick Bowness, the Jets played their worst game in two years last Saturday, getting eliminated 5-0 by the Vancouver Canucks. But their group made sure to come back stronger on Monday by beating the Washington Capitals 3-0.

Winnipeg handed the Caps their first loss in regulation in five meetings between the two teams.

A little new blood had a positive effect. Acquired from the Devils on Friday, former CH Tyler Toffoli was in the center of the action, even if he wasn’t rewarded with a point, him wearing a sixth NHL uniform in five seasons.

Connor Hellebuyck earned his fourth shutout of the season and 36th of his career by going perfect on 23 shots. Neal Pionk, Alex Iafallo and Kyle Connor were all on target.

Toffoli arrived at the Canada Life Center with another former Devils player, Colin Miller, who played with the third pair of defensemen. He formed a line with Sean Monahan, who he played with both in junior and with the Calgary Flames, and then with Alex Iafallo, who was his linemate in Los Angeles. The chemistry was demonstrated with some good scoring chances from the 31-year-old debutant forward in the first half; He had two shots on goal, but Charlie Lindgren stepped in in front of the net.

It was Neal Pionk who broke the ice. Adam Lowry took the puck after a battle along the boards, handed it to Mason Appleton, who returned it to Pionk, who was able to run toward the net on the right wing while being poorly guarded by Max Pacioretty.

In the second period, Toffoli made a screen when Iafallo deflected Josh Morrissey’s shot to Iafallo to double the lead. Morrissey earned a seventh point in six games.

Kyle Connor completed the scoring with his 27th goal of the campaign midway through the third period.

Winnipeg was alone in second place in the Central section, two points behind the Dallas Stars. The Caps, trying for a third straight win, fell three points out of a spot in the Eastern Conference draft.

Hofer takes over the Bruins

Kasperi Kapanen and Robert Thomas scored in the first period and Joel Hofer made 36 saves to help the St. Louis Blues defeat the Boston Bruins 5-1.

The Blues, who entered this game eight points out of a Western Conference playoff spot, ended a three-game losing streak. They finished a five-game road trip with a 2-3-0 record.

Kevin Hayes, Brandon Saad and Alexey Toropchenko also turned on the red light of victory. The Missouri club had been limited to three goals in its last three losses.

Kapanen finished his afternoon’s work with three points.

David Pastrnak scored his 41st goal of the season for the Bruins, who were trying to win a third straight game. Jeremy Swayman gave up four times on 21 shots.

Justin Brazeau came close to scoring for the Bruins, but video review showed an offside call after beating Hofer.

The Bruins are in good position to capture the Presidents Trophy after setting new National Hockey League records with 65 wins and 135 points last season.

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