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Jets Outmuscle Avalanche, Win 2-1 in OT

Winnipeg Jets Report

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Dustin Byfuglien - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien (33) tries to deflect the puck past Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1) in NHL action against the Colorado Avalanche at MTS Centre on Sunday, October 26, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Jim Slater - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little (18) gets dumped into the boards against the Colorado Avalanche at MTS Centre on Sunday. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Midway through the second period of Sunday’s matinee between the Jets and Avalanche, Dustin Byfuglien careened wildly into the corner of the offensive zone, put a forearm to knock Tyson Barrie into the boards, then turned to John Mitchell next to him and gave him a hearty shove to the ice.

Helmets went flying, bodies piled up and the MTS Centre went wild. Those ten seconds were the thesis of a physical 2-1 overtime win by Winnipeg.

Colorado, a team that thrives on their offensive speed, was mostly kept to the corners by Winnipeg — the line of Byfuglien, Adam Lowry and Chris Thorburn was especially effective, amassing 13 hits in regulation.

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Lightning Strike When Needed, Zap Jets 4-2

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Toby Enstrom - Winnipeg Jets
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin (27) avoids Winnipeg Jets defenceman Toby Enstrom (39) in NHL action at MTS Centre on Friday, October 24, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his goal in NHL action against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre Friday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets came out firing Friday night looking to string together consecutive victories for the first time this season, but the Tampa Bay Lightning took advantage of the few chances they were given, scoring three times on just six shots in the second frame to beat the struggling Jets 4-2 at MTS Centre.

Winnipeg peppered Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop with 30 shots through the first two periods — and Bryan Little was able to record his team-leading fourth goal of the season while snapping Winnipeg’s 22-attempt power-play drought — but Tampa’s Ondrej Palat notched a goal and an assist in the period to take a 4-1 stranglehold and chase goaltender Ondrej Pavelec from the game. The Jets’ fifth-year starter allowed all four Lightning goals on 18 shots.

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Jets Cruise Through the Hurricanes 3-1

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Dustin Byfuglien - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien (33) and Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin (28) in NHL action at MTS Centre on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Mark Stuart - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets defenceman Mark Stuart (5) collides with Carolina Hurricanes forward Brad Malone (24) on Tuesday night at MTS Centre. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — It may have taken a visit to MTS Centre by the NHL’s only winless club, but it was just what the doctor ordered for the goal-starved Winnipeg Jets, clipping the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 to end their four-game losing streak in front of a sellout 15,016 in attendance Tuesday night.

The Jets scored two quick ones in the game’s opening three minutes — just 40 seconds apart — to put the ‘Canes on their heels and capture their first home-ice victory of the season. A quick start and multiple goals — just what was prescribed for a team that had scored only twice in their previous four games and whom widely spoke this week of dampened bench energy when facing adversity or immediately following opposing goals.

“It was a good bench tonight. It was as good a bench as I’ve seen in a long, long time,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. “And it was under pressure. There’s pressure here, and certainly we all felt it going into the game.”

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Flames Burn Jets in Second Period Burst

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

 Ondrej Pavelec - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) stops Calgary Flames forward Brandon Bollig (25) in NHL action at MTS Centre on Sunday, October 19, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Mason Raymond - Winnipeg Jets
Calgary Flames forward Mason Raymond (21) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

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.

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Goal-Starved Jets Shutout by Predators

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Mark Stuart - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets’ defenceman Mart Stuart (5) attempts to stop a shot from former Jet and Nashville Predators’ centre Olli Jokinen at MTS Centre on Friday, October 17, 2014. (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA)
Winnipeg Jets Home Opener
The Winnipeg Jets fell 2-0 to the Nashville Predators in their home opener at MTS Centre on Friday night. (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA)

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?

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Jets Douse Flames in Pre-Season Finale

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

TJ Galiardi - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets forward TJ Galiardi (21) takes the puck away from falling Calgary Flames defenceman Kris Russell (4) MTS Centre on Saturday, October 4, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Andrew Ladd - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Ladd (16) deflects the puck in NHL action at MTS Centre on Saturday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

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.

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Jets End Losing Skid, Top Ottawa 2-1

Winnipeg Jets Report

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Winnipeg Jets - Ottawa Senators
Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) tries to score on Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner (40) in NHL action at MTS Centre on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Winnipeg Jets - Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators forward Mika Zibanejad (93) jumps out of the way of Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) at MTS Centre on Tuesday. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

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.

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Jets Drop to Oilers in Second Exhibition Tilt

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

TJ Galiardi - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets forward TJ Galiardi (21) goes airborne in NHL action at MTS Centre against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.(SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Michael Hutchinson - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson (34) makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night at MTS Centre. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

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.”

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Jets Triumph 2-1 Over Wild in Pre-Season Opener

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Dustin Byfuglien - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien (not pictured) scores on Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) while Andrew Ladd (16) watches in NHL action at MTS Centre on Monday, September 22, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Dustin Byfuglien - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien (33) celebrates his goal against the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets got their fourth season back in the Manitoba capital rolling Monday night with a 2-1 pre-season win over the Minnesota Wild in front of a somewhat spotty MTS Centre crowd.

As will likely be the case in all six of Winnipeg’s remaining exhibition games before the regular season begins on October 9 in Arizona, Monday’s matchup against a rookie-laden Wild roster was a chance to get a look at some of their own prospects working to make the big club, including Adam Lowry, Josh Morrissey, Nic Petan, Brendan Kitchton, and 2014 first-round draft pick Nik Ehlers.

“I had butterflies when I went on the ice,” said Ehlers of his first game in the pros. “When the crowd went crazy out there it was amazing. I think the game went pretty well. It’s the NHL — it’s different.”

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