WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets scored on their first two shots on goal Wednesday night, rolling to a 4-0 victory over the Blue Jackets in Columbus’ only visit to MTS Centre this season.
Rookie netminder Michael Hutchinson showed flashes of brilliance in his 29-save night — recording his second shutout of the season — including 14 stops in a flurried opening 20 minutes.
“It’s the performance that we were looking for,” said Hutchinson, now 14-4-2 personally on the season. “Last couple games we’ve played a little bit out of our system and gave up a few more scoring chances than we’re used to. Tonight we just went back to the way we can play and we played solid defensively.”
NEW YORK – Blackhawks winger Daniel Carcillo has been suspended six games for cross-checking and injuring Jets centre Mathieu Perreault.
Carcillo cross-checked Perreault’s left arm after the whistle during Chicago’s game against Winnipeg on Friday.
A two-minute minor penalty was called on the play, but the NHL’s department of player safety said this warranted supplemental discipline because it was “not a hockey play” and came when Perreault should not have expected any contact.
NEW YORK – Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien is the NHL’s first star of the week.
Byfuglien, 29, had three goals and three assists in helping Winnipeg win all four of its games last week. Byfuglien has 12 goals and 19 assists over 47 games this season.
Detroit’s Tomas Tatar is the second star of the week, registering five goals and two assists in leading the Red Wings to four straight victories. The 24-year-old native of Ilava, Slovakia, has 21 goals in 46 contests this season.
WINNIPEG — Sunday was Bryan Little‘s night as the Winnipeg Jets’ leading goal-getter lit the lamp early in the first and then netted the only marker in the shootout to lift the Jets to a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes at MTS Centre.
“There’s leadership right there,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice of Little, who has been battling an undisclosed injury and has missed several practices and game-day skates during a hellacious stretch of seven games in 11 days (where the club has gone an impressive 5-1-1).
“That you would come to the game every night and think (Little) is feeling 100 per cent by the minutes (he’s playing), and knowing that he’s not practiced. His play has actually gotten stronger in this stretch. He was really good in the last three or four games.”
WINNIPEG — The San Jose Sharks spoiled the party at MTS Centre Monday night, notching the winning goal with just 4.5 seconds left on the clock to beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2.
Moments after the MTS Centre crowd erupted in joy following the announcement of the Canadians winning Gold at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, Marc-Edouard Vlasic walked in and roofed a wrister over goaltender Michael Hutchinson‘s shoulder to send the fans briskly to the doors.
“We have a standard, and I’ve been careful about saying this but we’ve got five guys off our back end out,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice of the numerous injuries to the club’s top defencemen. “I don’t think that was the difference in the game for us tonight, but it’s not going to look the same way.”
WINNIPEG — On a night where smatterings of “Go Leafs Go” chants were actively drowned-out by bellows of “Go Jets Go” from the MTS Centre faithful, the Winnipeg Jets scored five unanswered goals to beat the visibly fatigued Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1.
The emphatic cheers and jeers from the 15,016 in attendance Saturday night eventually turned into a brief chorus of “Leafs Suck” once Bryan Little‘s team-leading 15th goal of the season made it 4-1 Winnipeg, and the Leafs began to show the signs of playing their fifth game in seven nights.
WINNIPEG — With the opportunity to celebrate new beginnings, Winnipeg Jets fans will welcome New Years Eve with open arms.
A multitude of injuries look to be catching up to the hometown hockey team, as they lost their second straight game Wednesday night, 5-2 to the New York Islanders.
The Islanders were led by Ryan Strome and Franz Neilsen, who put up remarkable four-point and three-point nights, respectively. Strome had a goal and three assists, Nielsen had two goals and an assist.
Chipping in was Anders Lee and Josh Bailey with a goal each. Johnny Boychuk had two assists and, in a hometown return, St. Malo native Travis Hamonic added an assist. With the win, Long Island’s squad improves to 25-11-1 on the year.
A documentary following the life and career of professional hockey player Teemu Selanne will screen in Winnipeg January 6-7.
“SEL8NNE” is an in-depth look at the former Winnipeg Jet and comes just days before his jersey is to be retired in Anaheim on January 11, 2015. The Jets face the Ducks that day, making the night that much more significant.
The 2013 documentary will also be shown in Los Angeles as part of a series of events leading up to his retirement.