Nation World HQ
December 03 2011 08:22PM
The Winnipeg Jets are starting to get pretty good at this.
For the second straight game, the Jets didn't do a whole lot offensively, but they did win another one-goal game. OK, OK, it turned out to be a two-goal game because Evander Kane scored an empty-netter from his own blueline in the dying seconds, but for all intents and purposes the Jets won this one 3-2 and they were fortunate to get the W.
Saturday night, the Jets got a third-period game-winner at 13:13 from defenseman Mark Stuart and knocked off the New Jersey Devils 4-2. It was anything but a thing of beauty. The homeside was outplayed for the better part of 60 minutes, was outshot 25-20 and outchanced 13-6, and yet thanks to a lazy play in his own zone by Ilya Kovalchuk and a goaltending faux pas by Johan Hedberg, the Jets were allowed to come back from a 2-1 deficit to beat a team that should have had this one in the bag -- but found a half dozen ways to screw it up.
December 03 2011 04:56PM
When it comes to doing work in the defensive zone, Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel has turned to primarily two players: Tanner Glass and Jim Slater.
December 02 2011 02:54PM
Are teams that win a lot of one-goal games lucky, or do they have a special ability to win when the chips are down – that characteristic known as “clutch” or “killer instinct?”
Nation World HQ
December 01 2011 09:22PM
Thursday night at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, the Jets proved a few things to themselves:
(a) If they get the good Ondrej Pavelec as opposed to the evil Ondrej Pavelec, they will win.
(b) If they skate hard for 60 minutes they will win.
December 01 2011 03:57PM
The response to Anaheim’s firing of Randy Carlyle has been barely contained glee in many quarters. Over at SBNation’s blog Anaheim Calling, the news was inititally celebrated with an ALL CAPS POST. Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski called the decision to swap Carlyle for Bruce Boudreau (fired on Monday by the Washington Capitals) a “genius move.” Helene Elliott opined that the Ducks had tuned Carlyle out.
However good the reasons may have been for firing Randy Carlyle, the decision does not reflect well on Ducks general manager Bob Murray. How so? I’ll explain.