WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets learned the hard way Sunday night – Jakub Voracek doesn’t mess around.
The 25-year-old Czech had two lightning-quick goals — one 41 seconds into the game, one ten seconds into overtime — to lead a furious 4-3 Philadelphia Flyers comeback win over Winnipeg.
The Jets carried a 3-1 lead into the third period, but were thoroughly outplayed in the final 13 minutes, giving up two goals to Vinny Lecavalier to allow overtime — an extra frame ended almost instantly by Voracek.
WINNIPEG — With the injury bug not just biting down on the Winnipeg Jets but fully engorged within their defence corps, the patchwork club entered Friday night’s game with the Boston Bruins down their top four defencemen.
But despite the lack of some of their best players in the lineup the Jets were able to come away with a 2-1 victory in front of 15,016 at MTS Centre.
“Real good goaltending,” was the initial response from head coach Paul Maurice when asked how his team pulled out a win over the perennial contenders from New England. “And then just an awful lot of hard, scramble battles. It was about a picture-perfect first period.”
Michael Hutchinson‘s 30-save performance earned the rookie netminder his seventh win of the season, bettering his already sterling record to 7-2-2 and his club’s to 17-10-6. The young netminder now leads the entire NHL with a 1.73 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage.
WINNIPEG — After a bit of a rocky start, the Winnipeg Jets decided to fire up their engines and blast the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 at MTS Centre on Tuesday night with a short second period burst.
Mark Scheifele notched a pair of goals — the equalizer and the insurance — as the Jets scored three times in a span of just 4:46, with Michael Frolik recording the game-winner shorthanded.
“I had a little bit of a feeling that it was going to be a good one — it turned out to be pretty good,” said Scheifele, who now has six goals on the season. “I felt good from the start, and I think our whole line felt good from the start. We were moving the puck well. We were moving our feet.”
“It’s been a few games we have played together. We get to practice together. We’re two smart guys — it seems like we’ve been seeing each other on the ice a lot,” said Scheifele’s line mate Mathieu Perreault.
WINNIPEG — Mistakes can prove costly when you’re facing elite competition, and it took the National Hockey League’s top club just 74 seconds from tying the game to taking a lead they would never relinquish as the Anaheim Ducks cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night at MTS Centre.
It is the first time in nine games the Jets (15-10-6) have not recorded at least a single point in the standings, while the Ducks (21-6-5) came away with a win on MTS Centre ice for the second time in just six days.
Winnipeg struck first with Bryan Little‘s team-leading 12th goal of the season, coming on the power play midway through the first.
WINNIPEG — A December litmus test came Sunday for the Winnipeg Jets, as they welcomed the Western Conference’s top team, the Anaheim Ducks, to the MTS Centre. The fast, physical, talented Anaheim team – the kind that dominates today’s NHL – received hearty competition from the Jets in this one, and early on they looked caught on their heels.
Unfortunately for Winnipeg, they couldn’t cash in on their early dominance, as missed chances proved costly. A late game-tying goal by Jacob Trouba would get them a point, but the Ducks won it in overtime, 4-3.
WINNIPEG — Chants of Bryan Little‘s name rang large from the MTS Centre rafters Friday night as the Winnipeg Jets forward recorded the first hat trick since the club reincarnated in Winnipeg in 2011.
And as countless hats and toques rained onto the ice surface, Little’s three-goal night lifted the Jets to a dominant 6-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, giving the 15,016 Jets faithful a heck of a Friday night they won’t soon forget.
“Our crowd is always loud and they’re like that all the time, but tonight it seemed like they were really into it. It’s probably the loudest I’ve heard in a while,” said Little of the roaring ovation he received, both when his name was announced on his third marker of the night and following the final buzzer when he was named the game’s first star to no surprise.
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets dodged a serious bullet Wednesday night, orchestrating a late come-from-behind 3-2 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers — avoiding a potentially catastrophic let-down against an Oilers club who have now lost 11-consecutive games.
In the hours leading into Wednesday’s matchup with the Oilers, Jets head coach Paul Maurice responded to a query about what may concern or worry him as he prepared his club for a game against a team that has lost 10 straight games.
“Everything, Dennis. Every single thing.”
Understandable. While the Jets were coming off a successful three-game road trip, and then enjoying five days off between games as they open a home-heavy December schedule Wednesday night, they faced a likely frustrated and hungry Edmonton Oilers team.