WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg-born and raised duo of Alexander Steen and Ryan Reaves — both sons of Winnipeg sports legends in hockey and football, respectively — were in on all three St. Louis Blues goals as the Winnipeg Jets dropped another home date, 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Reaves, the son of 1980s-era Blue Bombers running back Willard Reaves, notched the game-winning goal early in the third period, while Steen, son of 1980s and 90s-era Winnipeg Jets forward Thomas Steen recorded primary assists on the Blues’ two goals with the man-advantage.
WINNIPEG — With it appearing the Winnipeg Jets would cruise to a consecutive win at home holding a 3-2 lead late in the game, two quick strikes from the Detroit Red Wings in the final seven minutes sunk the Jets 4-3 at MTS Centre.
Winnipeg — now 10-8-3 on the season — suffers their fourth loss in their last six games, but it is only the third time they have fallen in regulation in their last 14.
Tomas Tatar‘s second of the game would prove to be the game-winner, as Detroit responded impressively every time Winnipeg took the lead Thursday night. Justin Abdelkader found the equalizer for the Wings with 7:00 remaining in the third period, wildly swinging the momentum and putting a clearly tired Jets team on their heels.
WINNIPEG — Ahead of Tuesday’s home date against the New Jersey Devils, Winnipeg Jets leading scorer Blake Wheeler said the game would be a boring one — and through two periods, aside from a couple quick Jets goals, he was right.
Then the Devils’ were able to squeak one under a sprawled-out Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson on just their eleventh shot of the game. It wasn’t pretty, but it suddenly made it a one-goal hockey game early in the third.
Winnipeg’s strong defensive play ultimately proved to be the key to their success, holding New Jersey to just 22 shots Tuesday night — including nine through the first 40 minutes — to win for just the second time in their last five games, 3-1.
Those attending Winnipeg Jets games who are deaf or hard of hearing will benefit from a new closed-captioning service implemented by True North Sports and Entertainment.
The in-arena service at MTS Centre will provide closed-captioning of public address and promotional announcements at all Jets games.
Tablets for the service cam be reserved and signed out at the Jets’ guest services location on the main level of the MTS Centre concourse. Two business days’ notice is required in order to arrange closed-captioning services, and requests may be made via mtscentre.ca or by calling the True North office at (204) 987-7825.
WINNIPEG — The energy and sounds were reminiscent of the 2011-2012 season at MTS Centre — a time when starved Winnipeg hockey fans rarely left their feet or the edge of their seats as their beloved Jets returned to the National Hockey League.
And Thursday night’s game against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins most likely sent the 15,016 in attendance home satisfied, entertained, and with voices a little hoarse despite the hometown club falling 4-3 in the shootout.
It really was a heck of a hockey game — even before it went to overtime.
Evander Kane completed the ‘Gordie Howe hat trick’ with a fight, an assist, and a goal — a crowd-erupting breakaway snapshot that tied the game for Winnipeg early in the third. The 23-year-old’s first of the season is also the 100th of his career.
The history of the Winnipeg Falcons will be on display Thursday as part of a new segment produced for a Heritage Minute.
The public screening will air during the first intermission of the Winnipeg Jets — Pittsburgh Penguins game at MTS Centre.
The Winnipeg Falcons Heritage Minute explores the story of a team of Icelandic-Canadians who served in the First World War before bringing home the very first gold medal in Olympic hockey. The team was founded in 1911 made up entirely of Icelandic players, who couldn’t otherwise play on teams due to ethnic prejudice at the time.
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets blasted off the tarmac Tuesday night, scoring a pair of power-play goals on just three shots in the opening six minutes. The two quick goals proved to be just enough as the surging Jets hung on to beat the previously Central Division-leading Nashville Predators 3-1 in front of a capacity 15,016 at MTS Centre.
Winnipeg — now 7-5-1 and tied with Chicago for third in the Central Division with 15 points — has been superb defensively as of late, allowing just one goal in their last three games to set a new franchise record by going 161:17 without allowing a goal against.
“It’s not defence first. It’s defence at the right time. We don’t have the puck — we’re hunting it and we’re defending,” said head coach Paul Maurice, his team now undefeated in regulation in their last six contests while allowing just seven goals. “I think that tonight we were OK. I think the two games prior our goaltenders, (Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson), that’s a goaltender record. They were that good.”
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.
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.
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.”