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.
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.
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).