WINNIPEG — It only took seven minutes for the Calgary Flames to do the damage they needed to hand the struggling Winnipeg Jets a 4-1 loss — their fourth-consecutive — in front of a sold-out 15,016 at MTS Centre Sunday night.
In a span of just 6:42 in the second period, the Flames found the back of the net via Dennis Wideman, Johnny Gaudreau, and Mason Raymond to go up 3-1 and conclude their six-game, 11-day road drip on a high note. Raymond added two assists to complete his impressive outing.
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets ran into one of the best goaltenders on Earth Friday night as they opened their regular season home schedule with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators.
Rinne’s 31 saves earned the perennial all-star his first shutout of the season while clogging up Winnipeg’s opportunity to snap a two-game slide and a serious scoring drought after opening their season with a 6-2 win in Glendale over the Arizona Coyotes. With just one goal scored in their subsequent losses in San Jose and Los Angeles, the 1-3-0 Jets have now gone nine periods with just the one marker for.
It begs the question; why has the offence dried up after a six-goal splurge to start the season eight days ago?
WINNIPEG — Three key pieces to the Winnipeg Jets’ puzzle each lit the lamp in the club’s pre-season finale Saturday night to douse the Calgary Flames 4-1 at MTS Centre.
“I think we simplified things and created some scoring chances,” said Evander Kane, whose quick give-and-go with newly-anointed linemate Mark Scheifele early in the third added the insurance to Jacob Trouba‘s game-winning point blast 4:30 into the second period. “We talked about it and we just wanted to simplify it and have more of a shoot-first mentality, especially at the start of the game and other things would open up as the game went on — that’s what happened.”
Calgary struck first midway through the opening frame as David Jones picked defenceman Grant Clitsome‘s pocket and caught a sleepy Ondrej Pavelec away from his post, making it 1-0 on an easy bury into the open cage.
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets got a little from their young guns and a little from their old hats on Tuesday night in front of 14,560 fans at MTS Centre, as they ended a three-game losing skid to win a pre-season bout over the Ottawa Senators, 2-1.
For Winnipeg, the game-winner was provided by 18-year-old Nik Ehlers, who got his first pre-season goal at 6:22 in the second period, on the receiving end of a beautiful cycle from fellow young guns Matt Halischuk and Nicolas Petan.
“It felt pretty good. I got the puck, put it in, and I had no idea how to celebrate,” said Ehlers. “I was just standing there and I was happy to score. It was amazing.”
“Those (young players) put so much stock in their offence. Most of them post huge numbers heading in, so that’s how they view themselves as hockey players,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice.
Former Irish president Mary Robinson will headline We Day Manitoba when it returns to MTS Centre on Wednesday, October 29.
Robinson joins an extensive list of speakers, musicians, and other performers for the Free the Children event.
Also appearing will be social advocate and filmmaker Kweku Mandela — also Nelson Mandela’s grandson — the band Hedley, Canadian astronaut Dr. Dave Williams, musician Kardinal Offishall, environmentalist Severn Suzuki and musician Shawn Desman.
WINNIPEG — The Edmonton Oilers scored three goals in the final ten minutes of the second period to quickly erase an early Winnipeg lead to hand the Jets a 3-2 loss — their first of the preseason — in front of 14, 723 on Wednesday night at MTS Centre.
Sprung by a long stretch pass from Jets defenceman Will O’Neill late in the first, free agent acquisition TJ Galiardi walked in and buried it high past Oilers goaltending prospect Laurent Brossoit to make it 1-0.
“It was a great pass,” said Galiardi of his breakaway feed. “I came off the bench late and we made some nice eye contact there for a second and I was happy he got it to me. It was a pretty good ‘sauce’ so I was lucky I batted it down.”