October 20 2011 10:20AM
The Jets, after a strong start, blew a 3-1 third period lead and lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the shootout...
-You can't fault Ondrej Pavelec on either of the three regulation goals, but on the tying marker by Phil Kessel, Bryan Little who was supposed to control Dion Phaneuf at the left point, fell way out of position because he dropped his stick in the opposite corner. Rather than play without his stick, the young Little went to retrieve it, leaving Mark Stuart to cover both Kessel and Phaneuf, who made a terrific pass, albeit through not much traffic to Kessel who took an excellent shot in a classic scoring position.
October 20 2011 09:16AM
Despite watching their 3-1 lead in Toronto evaporate faster than you could blink, the Winnipeg Jets can take away alot of positives from the game against the Leafs Wednesday night.
First of all, they came out of the gate and took the play for the most part to the Leafs for the most of the game until the final 11 minutes of the third.
They also did take it pretty hard to the Leafs at times in overtime, but their first shootout was not a success as both Kyle Wellwood and Bryan Little could not cash in on James Reimer.
October 19 2011 10:01AM
By Aaron Vickers
Adam Lowry breathed a sigh of relief when his agent called on June 26th to tell the six-foot-five, 189-pound forward he had been selected in the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He took another one when he found out that it was the Winnipeg Jets – not the Calgary Flames – who had selected him.
October 17 2011 09:40PM
First win! First win! The Jets are back! The Jets are back!
It was a game I don't think many people in the hockey world expected Winnipeg to win, but they struck with two first period goals and held on for a thrilling 2-1 win over Marc-André Fleury and the Pittsburgh Penguins in what was a terrific hockey game with some good chances at both ends.
-Alexander Burmistrov was by far the best player on the ice Monday night. Claude Noel had him out for the last shift, and he nearly sealed it after creating a late shorthanded breakaway. When the dust settled, he managed a +8 Corsi rating and a +9 Fenwick, being the highest forward in the game. In the first period he looked like a hog on the puck, refusing to give up any control. Despite the arena hosts giving it to Pavelec, I thought that Burmistrov deserved the first star on the night.
October 17 2011 10:30AM
The only good thing about the scuffling start the Jets have posted is that it's thrown the flaws of the team into a stark enough relief that even the cheerleaders have had to acknowledge the obvious. Giddiness over the return of the club, understandable as it might have been, appeared to obscure the fact that the team that moved north wasn't very good and that the roster hadn't been bolstered in any meaningful way.