Jets Get Huge Road Win. Reach Eighth Place in the East

  If the Winnipeg Jets could ever play a perfect hockey game, they might have played it on Tuesday night in Denver. The Jets beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 as Evander Kane scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season and Ondrej Pavelec made 32 saves to get the win. But there was a…

Jets Better Not Believe Their Apologists

  As the end of December approaches and a truly frightening test grows larger on the horizon, real fans in Winnipeg would like nothing more than to have the their beloved Jets ignore the media noise. Sure, a lot of the fans are a source of that noise, but those who would like to see…

Whipped By a Better Team

Sometimes, you just get whipped.  There is no excuse. There is not even a rational explanation. Just an answer. Why did the Winnipeg Jets lose 4-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night? Because the Pittsburgh Penguins were a superior hockey team.

Jets Lose in Shootout Despite Pavelec’s Brilliance

A number of years ago, when he was general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, Brian Burke made an astute statement about the Stanley Cup playoffs. "We call them the Stanley Cup playoffs," said Burke, "because we can’t call them Goalie." Burke was being funny, but he was dead on. Without great goaltending you can’t win…

Crowd Welcomes Teemu. Jets Outlast His Team.

It was a warm, wonderful welcome for former Winnipeg Jets hero, Teemu Selanne, at MTS Centre Saturday night. There was a feature on his career on the big video board. The crowd gave him a standing ovation when he came out for his first shift. The fans even started playing this silly game in which…

Only in Winnipeg

It could have only happened in a small town on the prairies that had been deprived of the National Hockey League for 15 years. It started when more than 50 people met the Anaheim Ducks’ bus at 2:40 a.m. in front of Winnipeg’s Fairmont Hotel to get a glimpse — and maybe even an autograph…

Coach Claude’s Stream of Consciousness After “Poor Game.”

  Sometimes there is no sense trying to analyze things. Sometimes you just have to let the angry guy vent.   Thursday night at MTS Centre, the Winnipeg Jets lost 1-0 to the Washington Capitals. With the loss, the Jets fell from 10th to 11th in the East and watched as their five-game home winning…

Jets Bounce Back. This Month It’s Home Games that Matter.

Hate to say I told you so… what am I talking about? I’m thrilled to say I told you so. That 7-1 loss to Detroit in a wonderful pond-hockey display by the Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night did turn out to be virtually meaningless, perhaps just a wake-up call for a team…

Loss in Detroit a Blip on the Screen

  Sure, when you get your butt handed to you, the initial response is to want to go back to the drawing board, tear everything down and start again. Not this time. Saturday night in Detroit, the Winnipeg Jets had no answer for the Detroit Red Wings. After taking a 2-1 lead into the second…

Owner Calls It: Pavelec Beats Bruins

  During a news conference before Tuesday night’s game at MTS Centre, Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman was asked if his hockey team could beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. As a child, growing up in Winnipeg, Chipman had been a Bruins fan and admitted that he was thrilled that the Bruins were actually…

Owner Chipman Loves Realignment

  When Winnipeg Jets chairman and governor, Mark Chipman,  walked into the Matt Frost Media Centre deep in the bowels of MTS Centre on Tuesday night, there was only one question worth asking: "Is there any part of this realignment deal you don’t like?" Chipman paused, but not for long. He looked back at his…