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 12 minutes, giving up two goals to Vinny Lecavalier to allow overtime – an extra frame ended almost instantly by Voracek.
“We stopped trying to make a simple play and opted for a safe option,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. “We stopped making the plays you need to make and have the confidence to make, and a lot of times we did that flat-footed.”
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 — Fans were the true winners of the 2014 Winnipeg Jets Skills Competition, as 12,045 people watched their hockey heroes take part in a series of fun events at MTS Centre Wednesday night.
The third annual event showcased various skills of the Jets players, who were divided into two squads — Team White and Team Blue. The players participated in five events: fastest skater, accuracy shooting, puck control relay, hardest shot and breakaway competition.
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.
Players from the Winnipeg Jets lifted the spirits of kids at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children on Monday afternoon.
Zach Bogosian, Mark Scheifele, Grant Clitsome, Adam Lowry, Ben Chiarot, and Julien Brouillette paid a holiday visit to pose for photos and sign autographs.
“It’s always fun, especially around the holidays,” Bogosian said of the appearance. “At the end of the day playing hockey is a great thing, but it’s the things that come along with it that… you like to set a good example for kids and be a role model in the community. Anytime you get a chance to spend time around the kids, it’s a lot of fun.”
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.