The Greatest Week in the New Era

Nation World HQ
November 19 2011 04:32PM

One week ago, the Winnipeg Jets lost 2-1 in Columbus. Three games and seven days later all you can think is, "How the hell did that happen?"

It's amazing. The Jets that completed a week-long roller-coaster ride this past Saturday afternoon, was a completely different hockey team than the one that couldn't muster any kind of offence against a bad Columbus crew.

This week's Jets played with speed, heart and, yes, intelligence and just when it looked like the highly-skilled Philadelphia Flyers were going to come back from a 5-1 deficit and make the Jets look foolish, Nik Antropov scored a power-play goal and suddenly there was euphoria at MTS Centre.

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Six thoughts 11/19/11: Jets 6-4 Flyers

Cam Charron
November 19 2011 04:01PM

In a matinee on Hockey Night in Canada, the Winnipeg Jets jumped out (as usual) to an early lead at home, and withstood a couple of late technical glitches, including one by CBC, hanging on for a 6-4 win over the Flyers. They now have a 2-0 record over Philadelphia, with a goals for/against record of 15-12. They've run their win streak to three, out-scoring their opponents 15-7 in that span.

SIX THOUGHTS:

-Remember the last time these two teams met? (Yes) But other than us remembering that the Jets had a 9-8 win on a late goal, how many of us remember that Winnipeg had a 5-1 lead early on? The same sort of thing happened here, and, right at the end of the second period, the score could have been 5-3 on a Harry Zoliniercyzk (I just wanted to write that name at least once) shot that beat Ondrej Pavelec but crossed the line a split-second late. Matt Read scored a pair in the third despite the Jets killing a couple of penalties, but, man, that game seemed a bit closer than it had to be.

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Madness part Deux? Jets v Flyers

Dean Belanger
November 19 2011 10:15AM

Be honest, October 27th was special, fun, intriguing, a train wreck. It was great drama, a spectacle to be sure. It was not a well played hockey game and guaranteed not to happen again anytime soon. See, coaches are united by one common thread; they want to win 1-0. Sure there is the odd guy here and there who is opposed to defensive hockey but even they quietly deploy the trap protecting third period leads. Why? Because it works. NHL players are bigger, faster, stronger…the NHL rink is the same size it’s been since the Garden and the Aud went down. Take away time and space and you crush offense; it’s that easy.
 

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The Streaky Jets: Forrest Gump's Box of Chocolates.

Scott Taylor
November 18 2011 04:15PM

 

If there is one thing that will keep Winnipeg Jets fans screaming for more this season, it's the fact that their beloved team is so wonderfully inconsistent. Great one night, bad for three or four, great for a couple more, bad again. This is not a team like Boston that is going to run off seven wins in a row, but it does, apparently, have enough energy and goaltending to play well in spurts.

Right now, the Jets are in a spurt.

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FGD: Do Something

Nation World HQ
November 18 2011 11:41AM

The Calgary Flames are almost two months into the season and this campaign has far too many similarities to the team that started last year in a mediocre fashion.  The problem is, last year the Flames finished with a decent record thanks to a scorching two month span after the turn of the calendar.  Expecting that to happen this time around would be setting yourself up for disappointment; so, that said, it's time for Calgary to get themselves back on track as they host the Chicago Blackhawks for the second time in a week tonight at the 'Dome (7 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).

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