Nation World HQ
December 31 2011 08:06PM
As the "Leafs Suck! Leafs Suck!" chant reverberated through MTS Centre on New Year's Eve, the Winnipeg Jets did exactly what they had to do.
Thanks to goals by Zach Bogosian (pictured: the Jets all-star calibre defenseman), Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler (with the eventual winner at 10:50 of the second period on the power play), the Jets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 and completed the task set out by the coaching staff, management, the players themselves and most Jets fans -- get at least 20 points in the month of December.
Nation World HQ
December 31 2011 04:48PM
Although James Reimer never left the church, never even considered a life that didn’t include the Lord, he will quite openly admit that he’s “reborn.”
It's a different approach to the Christian "rebirth" that's demanded by so many evangelicals, but the goalie in the opposing net in Winnipeg tonight is different in a lot of ways. After all, this is a kid who left a tiny Christian community in rural Manitoba to play junior hockey (his mother didn't want him to leave home) in Alberta's Bible Belt, and has since become the goaltender of preference in Canada's own Sin City.
December 31 2011 01:44PM
Well it’s the game we’ve all been waiting for, the showdown for top spot in Group B and the bye in the medal round. Or at least it was supposed to be. Canada held up their part of the rivalry agreement, but apparently someone forgot to deliver the memo to the U.S.
Instead, the New Years Eve game will mean nothing to the Canadians and has the makings of about as much excitement as Canada’s previous three games. That’s right; instead of the mighty obstacle the U.S. was pegged to be from the start, they are now nothing more than a stepping stone. Game time is 8:00 pm EST / 6:00 MST
Nation World HQ
December 29 2011 09:37PM
How many times will we repeat this in 2012: "The Jets goaltender stood on his head and Winnipeg stole another win at home?"
Thursday night, in front of another insanely loud crowd at MTS Centre in downtown Winnipeg, Chris Mason, made 31 saves, many of them outstanding, as the Jets No. 2 goaltender kept the Kings at bay long enough to allow Evander Kane to score an overtime goal and give the home side a 1-0 win -- a win they probably didn't deserve.
December 29 2011 01:49PM
Canada plays for the second night in a row, but it should have no bearing on the outcome of this game. The Canadians are rolling right now with 13 goals for and only 1 against, the penalty kill is at 100% and they are getting goals from everyone. In the last game, expectations were put on guys like Mark Scheifele and Ryan Strome; they delivered. Scheifele had two goals in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic and it seems that one of Canada's biggest strengths when they assemble these teams every year, is that when they need someone to step up, they do.
It's always been a feather in the cap of Hockey Canada and the coaching staff, as to how quickly these teams come together with such limited preparation time.