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.
-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.
November 19 2011 10:15AM
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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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).
November 17 2011 09:19PM
Coming off a big Monday win against one division rival at home, the Winnipeg Jets met the Washington Capitals for the first time this season and had a big win against this division rival as well. Geographically, the two probably do not qualify as being in the "Southeast" but in the standings, they all count, and a big 4-1, Thursday night victory where a number of Winnipeg players stepped up. Here are six thoughts.
-The star of the night on this one was really Ondrej Pavelec, whose shorthanded play is really bailing out the Winnipeg Jets. After stopping 10 with the man down on Monday night, Pavelec had a repeat performance of that number Thursday night, 10 shorthanded saves, no goals, and three saves when the Jets were two men down in the second period. He plays a real unorthodox style, but it's been working, and while he won't make every save on the PK from here on out, he's pretty fun to watch right now. He stopped 31 of 32 overall.