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Cody McLeod Leads Colorado Avalanche Past Winnipeg Jets 4-1 in ‘Hometown’ Game

By Scott Billeck, The Canadian Press

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Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod (55) works to get the puck behind the net of Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson (34) during first period play at MTS Centre on Monday, November 23, 2015. (JEFF MILLER / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG – It was as close to home as Cody McLeod will ever play a National Hockey League game, and he was only happy to oblige his family in attendance and those back home.

“It’s a small farming community,” said McLeod of his hometown Binscarth, Man., a four hour drive west from Winnipeg. McLeod’s father Pete, along with some friends, were at MTS Centre as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Jets 4-1 on Monday night.

“A lot of people back there are Jets fans so it’s good to beat them,” he said.

McLeod scored the winner, added and assist and even took the fists out of the drawer in the win.

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Chris Thorburn Scores Short-Handed Goal to Lift Jets Over Coyotes

By Darrin Bauming, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets’ Chris Thorburn (22) celebrates scoring the game-winning, short-handed goal on Arizona Coyotes’ goaltender Anders Lindback (29) during third period NHL action, in Winnipeg, on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Chris Thorburn wasn’t even supposed to be on the ice, yet he ended up with the game-winning goal.

Thorburn picked the pocket of Michael Stone and scored his first short-handed goal as a Jet at 11:09 of the third period to lift Winnipeg to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

“Chris does the same things whether he plays three minutes or he plays 15 minutes,” said Jets coach Paul Maurice. “We’ll take a 3-2 goal from anybody, but it’s really great when you can get a heart-and-soul guy, subs in on the penalty kill because we’ve got a (penalty) killer in the box, and he scores a goal like that — all effort.”

A humbled Thorburn added that he was fortunate on the play that led to his third goal of the season.

“I got lucky with the defenceman falling down and myself having more time than I thought I would have and I was able to sneak one by him,” said Thorburn. “The adrenaline was rushing. It seemed loud and I just got caught up in the moment. I’m just proud of our team the way we battled. There were times where things weren’t pretty.”

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Stafford, Scheifele Pairing Ends Jets Skid in 4-1 Victory Over Canucks

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets’ Drew Stafford (12) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Pairing Drew Stafford with Mark Scheifele helped the Winnipeg Jets end their losing skid.

Stafford and Scheifele both scored twice and added an assist each as the Jets snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.

Stafford’s first goal in 12 games helped break a 1-1 tie late in the second period. He scored an empty-netter with 1:34 left in the game.

“Twelve? OK,” Stafford said when he asked about the end of his drought. “At this point, I’m not really worried about stats or counting the games. That’s just more clutter in your head.

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Paul Maurice Named to Europe 2016 Coaching Staff

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Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice has been named as an assistant coach for Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Maurice is a Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., native who was an assistant coach for Canada at the 2014 world championships. He joins already appointed Team Europe head coach Ralph Krueger, along with Team Europe general manager Miroslav Satan and president/team leader Franz Reindl.

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Jets’ Wives, Girlfriends Create Pet Rescue Fundraising Calendar

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Proceeds from the Winnipeg Jets calendar will go to support the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter.

A new Winnipeg Jets calendar is raising funds in support of Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter.

Jets’ wives and girlfriends have created the charity calendar, featuring snapshots of players with the animals the shelter cares for. The calendars will be sold at Jets Gear stores beginning November 12.

The wives and girlfriends will also be on MTS Centre concourses selling the calendar for Jets home games on November 18, 21 and 23.

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Neuvirth Shuts Out Jets as Flyers End Losing Streak with 3-0 Victory

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec makes a save during first period action against the Philadelphia Flyers at MTS Centre on Saturday, November 7, 2015. (JEFF MILLER / CHRISD.CA)

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Philadelphia Flyers’ Mark Streit (32), Jakub Voracek (93), Claude Giroux (28), Wayne Simmonds (17) and Brayden Schenn (10) celebrate Simmonds’ goal against the Winnipeg Jets’ goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) as Jets’ Mark Stuart (5) skates by during third period NHL action, in Winnipeg, on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)
WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets could have made it more difficult for Michal Neuvirth to earn himself another shutout on Saturday.

Neuvirth made 28 saves and Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds both scored on the power play as the Philadelphia Flyers ended their six-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Jets.

It was the third win this season for the 27-year-old goaltender and he’s blanked his opponent in all three. His three shutouts lead the NHL.

“It’s a little hard to tell how hot he was,” said Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice. “We just didn’t execute offensively. What we did with the puck, we just weren’t real sharp with it.

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A Good Start, But the Jets’ Grind Has Just Begun

By Scott Billeck (@ScottBilleck)

Ondrej Pavelec
Winnipeg Jets’ goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) makes a tough glove save on a sharp angle shot late in the first period versus the St. Louis Blues’ with Toby Enstrom (39) in front of the net during NHL action in Winnipeg, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

First impressions always last the longest.

And it’s those impressions that have Winnipeg Jets fans curious to see what happens next and anticipating more of the same.

The Jets have started well, there’s no doubt. Their 7-4-1 record through 12 games is among the league’s best. In fact, they’d occupy either the first or second spots in any other division.

But alas, the Jets play in the league’s toughest — the Central Division — where they sit in the fifth spot and where good records are merely met with a nod of acknowledgement.

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As Hockey Season Revs Up, Football Off the Mind for Most: Currie

By Roger Currie

The Blue Jays are history, and my two Canadian football teams — the Riders and the Blue Bombers — are not worth talking about, so it’s time for couch potatoes to focus on hockey.

The Winnipeg Jets are off to a very promising start in what most regard as the toughest division in the NHL. There are some dazzling rookies on the ice this season, with most of the attention going to Connor McDavid of the Oilers. Just as exciting here in Winnipeg so far is 19-year-old Nikolaj Ehlers. He’s from Denmark, but it was his junior play in Quebec that prompted the Jets to make him their # 1 pick in the entry draft last year.

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Milan Lucic Scores Deciding Goal as Red-Hot Kings Topple Jets 4-1

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets centre Alexander Burmistrov in action against the LA Kings at MTS Centre on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. (JEFF MILLER / CHRISD.CA)
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The Los Angeles Kings’ bench celebrate after Jake Muzzin (6) scores against the Winnipeg Jets during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – Milan Lucic could only smile when asked if he really scored the deciding goal in the Los Angeles Kings’ 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

Centre Tyler Toffoli went down the side of the ice with the puck and looked about to shoot it, but instead sent it across the front of the net and Lucic was credited with redirecting it past goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

But it may have gone in off Jets defenceman Tyler Myers’ stick with 4:41 left in regulation time to give the Kings the 2-1 lead.

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Drew Stafford Scores Twice, Winnipeg Holds on to Beat Minnesota 5-4

By Adam Wazny, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets’ Jacob Trouba (8) and Drew Stafford (12) celebrate after Stafford scored on Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Sunday, October 25, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – Drew Stafford’s starting to become one of his coach’s most relied upon players.

Stafford’s second goal of the second period turned out to be the difference as the Winnipeg Jets held off a late Minnesota comeback and beat the Wild 5-4 on Sunday.

Stafford snapped a shot from the top of the face-off circle past goaltender Darcy Kuemper 51 seconds into the second period for a three-goal lead. Kuemper was replaced by Devan Dubnyk, who saw Stafford add his second of the game at the 4:34 mark of the period to make it 5-1 Winnipeg.

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