The Winnipeg Jets closed last season in the playoffs with six defensemen: Dustin Byfuglien, Tyler Myers, Jacob Trouba, Josh Morrissey, Ben Chiarot and Dmitry Kulikov.

Not a single one was on the ice Tuesday night. Four are gone, one is injured and one is on a leave.

But East Grand Forks Senior High and UND graduate Tucker Poolman helped pick up the slack.

Poolman scored his first goal of the season -- and second of his NHL career -- while registering a team best plus-4 rating during Winnipeg's surprising 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road.

On his goal, Poolman jumped up into the high slot to pick up a loose puck, held it while looking for a lane, then put it past Penguins goalie Matt Murray for a 3-1 Jets lead.

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Poolman's other NHL goal came Dec. 23, 2017, against the New York Islanders.

With the win, the Jets concluded their season-opening, four-game road trip at 2-2. They won at New Jersey and Pittsburgh and lost to the New York Rangers and Islanders.

Winnipeg's home opener is Thursday against the Minnesota Wild.

Poolman has played in all four games for Winnipeg.

Briefly

  • Rhett Gardner played in his third-straight game for the Dallas Stars on Tuesday against the Washington Capitals. He played 10:36.
  • Rocco Grimaldi tallied his first point of the season for the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, assisting on a Kyle Turris goal in a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. Grimaldi sent a pass from his own blue line to Turris at the offensive blue line, sending him on a rush. That goal made it 3-1.
  • Carter Rowney and the Anaheim Ducks are off to a perfect 3-0-0 start after beating Detroit 3-1 on Tuesday night.