Does the Momentum Boost From Fighting Help Teams Win Games?

Jonathan Willis
January 11 2012 02:40AM

It’s a scene anyone who watches NHL hockey has seen: two players squaring off, dropping the gloves, and going at it. One player might dominate the other, the two players might draw more or less even, but after the fight the teams will generally get back to playing 5-on-5 hockey (barring an instigator penalty to one player.)

Usually, one team will come out playing better after the fight. And usually, the commentator that evening will make a point of mentioning that Player X’s big fight win and/or willingness to go toe-to-toe with a beast like Player Y has given his team momentum.

Is there any truth to that story?

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Two Jets Get Hurt. The Rest Get Handed Their Butts.

Nation World HQ
January 10 2012 08:38PM

For awhile, the Winnipeg Jets were a team with a legitimate chance to do what the Vancouver Canucks did earlier this week. They had a chance to beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins at the TD Garden.

But even though the Jets had a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes, they were in big trouble. You could see it. Tanner Glass was injured in the first period when he suffered a huge, ugly gash on his face. Then, No. 2 defenseman Zach Bogosian suffered a "lower-body injury" (I love that terminology) in the second period and didn't return and while the Jets refused to use the loss of a checker and maybe the team's best defensive defenseman as an excuse, it was obvious that Bogosian's absence, at least, was a blow to the team's fortunes.

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Are The Jets In Danger Of Losing Beer?

Jonathan Willis
January 10 2012 02:53PM

Yesterday, True North Sports & Entertainment had to send representatives before Manitoba’s Liquor Control Commission. The meeting was the result of an incident where the MLCC caught a minor being served alcohol at the Winnipeg Jets home opener.

The MLCC has the authority to impose a suspension of liquor sales at MTS Center. Is that a likely outcome?

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Nation Radio - January 7, 2012

January 09 2012 10:34AM


Nation Radio's first show of 2012 is top notch. We leave the WJHC behind and get back to the business of talking NHL players and prospects. We get some in-depth Leafs updates courtesy JP NIkota and James Mirtle as well as some Flames talk (eyeroll) with Kent Wilson.

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The Jets Biggest Stories At the Midway Point of the Season

Nation World HQ
January 08 2012 05:41PM


It’s halftime. Most of the National Hockey League’s 30 teams have played 41 of 82 games and for some of the teams, it’s been quite a ride. For a load of others, of course, it’s been a nightmare.

For instance, the Anaheim Ducks were fourth in the West last spring with 99 points. At the midway mark of 2011-12, the Ducks have only 11 wins and 28 points. Last year, the Atlanta Thrashers were in the midst of a downward spiral, set to miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. This year, the Thrashers are now the Winnipeg Jets and after a win in their 41st game of the season on Saturday night, they sit in ninth place in the East, just a point below the post-season line.

This being a website called, we’ll stay close to home, but make no mistake, there have been many interesting stories in the first half of the 2011-12 season: the collapse of the Ducks, the emergence of the great young star Claude Giroux, the firing of six coaches, the great play of so many teenaged stars, the league’s realignment plans and the NHLPA’s rejection of those plans, the incredible mess in Montreal, concussions, Shanahan’s justice and the loss of Sidney Crosby.

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