January 23 2014 03:06AM
Odd photo by Dinur.
Two nights after stealing a rare road win from the league-best Anaheim Ducks, the Jets head (slightly) north to face the always dangerous San Jose Sharks. Jets fans remember well the last time these two teams met back on November 10th, when captain Andrew Ladd was able to win an exciting, back and forth affair in the shootout at the MTS Centre.
When you're hot, you're hot, and the Jets are hot, but they may find just as big of a challenge waiting for them in San Jose as they did in Anaheim.
January 22 2014 09:41PM
I really hope the Jets got out of Anaheim as quickly as possible, because they straight up stole this game. It’s not something the Jets have been able to do often, but on Tuesday night they pulled out a game based highly on puck luck and solid goaltending, leaving Anaheim as the only team this year to beat the Ducks at home in regulation time.
January 22 2014 09:03PM
Any of you that know me personally, listen to our podcast, or read these pieces regularly, will understand the magnitude of my next sentence. Ondrej Pavelec and puck luck were the main reasons why the Jets won this game.
January 22 2014 04:57PM
So maybe it was the coach after all, eh?
Poor Claude Noel, even one game over the .500 mark didn't do it - probably had to do with how much the first half of the 2013-14 season dipped into that record.
Two winning seasons - 37-35-10 and 24-21-3 - but still no playoffs followed by a tumultuous 19-23-5 start to this season saw him ship out and saw the Jets playing uninspired and not improving as they did from year one to year two.
Enter Paul Maurice - who has gone 4-0 since his arrival - and has bumped that Noel record from 19-23-5 to 23-23-5.
The veteran bench boss Maurice has the Jets playing inspired hockey that Jets fans wanted to come to expect from Claude Noel's coaching, but Noel simply did not have the experience or the personality to do that with the young core intact in Winnipeg.
Maybe it wasn't just personality - maybe it was just personal accountability.
Such big words for hockey eh?
Well, such true words for hockey too.
January 21 2014 11:58PM
The Jets won tonight, despite Blake Wheeler's haircut.
It may not be the Stanley Cup. It may not be the President's Trophy, Heck, it may not even be a playoff berth, but the Winnipeg Jets earned the honor of being the first team in the NHL to beat the league-best Anaheim Ducks at home in regulation this season.
Right now, Jets fans should be impressed with their team earning two of the hardest points to come by right now. However, in the long run, we all may look back at this game as a definitive new chapter in Winnipeg Jets 2.0's history. Paul Maurice and his players now have four wins in a row, and have looked like a very tough team to play against while doing it.