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Jets Open Season with 6-2 Win Over Bruins, Snap 13-Game Losing Streak in Boston

By Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins players line up as they are introduced for the opening NHL hockey game of the season against the Winnipeg Jets, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON – Six different Winnipeg skaters scored in the season opener, and Jets coach Paul Maurice is happy about that.

Not just for the well-distributed scoring, but because he’s got a half-dozen players who can spend another day in fantasy land.

“Everybody’s got hopes and dreams when they come into a season, thinking they can score 50,” Maurice said with a smile after the Jets beat Boston 6-2 on Thursday night. “There’s six guys that still think they might.”

Chris Thorburn and Nicolas Petan scored in the third period after the Bruins came within one goal, and the Jets opened the season with the franchise’s first victory in Boston since 2007. The Bruins had beaten the Thrashers and Jets 13 consecutive times in Boston.

“I’d never won here, so it’s been at least five years,” said forward Blake Wheeler, who played with the Bruins from 2008 until he was traded to the Thrashers in 2011, their last season in Atlanta.

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By Scott Billeck (@ScottBilleck)

Dustin Byfuglien
Defenceman Dustin Byfuglien (JEFF MILLER / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — When the first puck falls to the ice on Thursday night at TD Garden in Boston, the Winnipeg Jets will have a new look team but the same ambition heading into the 2015-16 season.

Finally, for many, the National Hockey League’s preamble session is over. In all actuality, the preseason was more than just the throes it often devolves into. More than any other year, the draft and develop scheme fronted by GM Kevin Cheveldayoff sparkled, producing a slew of roster battles filled with excitement for both fan and pundit alike.

For the first time in the club’s 2.0 history, its name will be mentioned in the playoff lore of the year before. The expectation for every season since inauguration has been hockey in late April. Only last year were the Jets able to live up to the talk.

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Five Twitter Accounts Worth Following for This NHL Season

By John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

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Here are five Twitter accounts worth following ahead of the NHL’s regular season:

P.K. Subban, defenceman, Montreal Canadiens (@PKSubban1)

An Olympian, philanthropist, and Norris Trophy winner, P.K. Subban has become one of the biggest names in the NHL. Personable and funny off the ice, Subban drives the Canadiens’ power play and deliveries thundering hits on Montreal’s blue line. His Twitter account highlights his busy life on and off the ice in both official languages.

“Seeing my name in the atrium gave me goosebumps! It’s an honor to be able to partner with #MontrealChildrensHospital,” said Subban on Sept. 16 after donating $10 million over the next seven years to the hospital.

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After Getting a Taste of the Playoffs, the Young Winnipeg Jets Look for Return Trip

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets centre Bryan Little in NHL action on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 against the Ottawa Senators at MTS Centre. (JEFF MILLER / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG – Bryan Little hasn’t forgotten the sight and sound of the Winnipeg whiteout.

The excitement the Jets created for their loud, white-clad fans when they made last season’s NHL playoffs is fuelling the veteran forward and his teammates as they get set for another campaign.

“I think it stuck with everyone over the whole summer,” Little said before Winnipeg’s exhibition game Thursday at home against Calgary.

“For me, it was a great experience. But you just get the feeling in the dressing room that we want to experience more of it.… We’re all hungry to see what else we can do.”

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Scheifele Scores OT Winner to Hand Jets Their First Pre-Season Victory

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Bryan Little - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets centre Bryan Little in NHL action on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 against the Ottawa Senators at MTS Centre. (JEFF MILLER / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG – Mark Scheifele scored two minutes into 3-on-3 overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets their first pre-season victory with a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

Blake Wheeler, Drew Stafford and Andrew Ladd also scored for Winnipeg (1-2-2). Ondrej Pavelec made 22 saves.

Ottawa (1-3-2) had a 3-0 lead heading into the third period after goals from Milan Michalek, Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Michalek also had an assist.

Craig Anderson started in net for the Senators, but after stopping 17 shots he made the planned switch with Andrew Hammond 9:06 into the second period.

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Oilers Erase Three-Goal Deficit, Beat Jets 4-3 in Overtime

By Scott Billeck, The Canadian Press

Ondrej Pavelec
Edmonton Oilers’ Anton Slepyshev (42) scores the game winning goal on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) during pre-season NHL hockey overtime action in Winnipeg, Friday, September 25, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – It may only be the pre-season, but Edmonton Oilers forward Rob Klinkhammer already likes his team’s no-quit mentality.

Klinkhammer was instrumental in Edmonton’s 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night as the second-year Oiler provided the tying goal late in the third period.

His goal capped off an impressive rally for the Oilers, who found themselves down 3-0 after 40 minutes.

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Loge Your Complaint: Some Winnipeg NHL Fans Upset with New Obstructed Views

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Many Winnipeg Jets fans have suddenly found their view of the ice at MTS Centre obstructed by recent renovations, and are demanding action. Season-ticket-holder Ron Wersch provided this view from his upper-deck seat, taken September 22, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Ron Wersch)

WINNIPEG – Ron Wersch got a surprise when he walked up to his usual seat for the first NHL exhibition game in Winnipeg this season: a wall of Plexiglas and metal to his front and side that blocks his view of a good portion of the ice.

“In my wildest dreams, I never imagined it would be this bad. Never, ever,” Wersch said Thursday.

He is one of many Winnipeg Jets fans who have found their view of the ice obstructed this year thanks to a new section of pricier loge seats that has been added to the upper deck.

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Winnipeg Jets Coach Maurice Tries Out Some New Lines on First Day of Camp

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets fans create a ‘whiteout’ at MTS Centre in game action against the Anaheim Ducks in April 2015. (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG – Jets head coach Paul Maurice didn’t wait long to try out some new lines at training camp.

He shifted longtime centre Bryan Little to right wing with sophomore centre Adam Lowry and captain Andrew Ladd on the first day of camp Friday morning at the MTS Iceplex.

Maurice informed Little of the move last week and he’s OK with it.

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Winnipeg Jets Prospect Nikolaj Ehlers Says He’s Ready to Make Jump to the NHL

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

PENTICTON, B.C. — Nikolaj Ehlers has every intention of playing in the NHL this season. It’s up to him to show he deserves one of the jobs available with the Winnipeg Jets.

After attending training camp with the club last season, the slick Danish winger dominated junior hockey in 2014-15, scoring 37 goals and 64 assists in 51 games for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL before adding a ridiculous 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in just 14 playoff games.

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Court Case Against NHL Player Mike Richards Adjourned to Dec. 8.

By The Canadian Press

Mike Richards
Los Angeles Kings’ Mike Richards is shown during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia on Oct. 28, 2014. Police in Manitoba have charged Richards with possession of a controlled substance. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chris Szagola, File)

EMERSON, Man. – The case involving NHL player Mike Richards, who is charged with possession of a controlled substance, has been adjourned until Dec. 8.

Richards did not appear in provincial court Thursday and was instead represented by lawyer Hymie Weinstein.

Police in Manitoba charged Richards last month.

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