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Playoff Dreams Dashed as Jets Fall Four-Straight

Playoff Dreams Dashed as Jets Fall Four-Straight

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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WINNIPEG — Winnipeg’s playoff dreams were dashed with a swift swipe of the broom as the Anaheim Ducks swept the Jets in four straight games with a 5-2 win in front of the ever-enthusiastic 15,016 at MTS Centre Wednesday night.

The franchise — including the 12 years when they were known as the Atlanta Thrashers — has never won a Stanley Cup Playoff game despite two separate appearances. Back in 2007, while holding the third seed in the Eastern Conference, the Thrashers were knocked out in four-straight at the hands of the New York Rangers.

Year four in the Manitoba capital and the Jets finally edged their way into the post-season by capturing the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot, pairing them up in the first round with the West’s best regular season club.

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Playoff-Bound Jets Roast Flames in Finalé

Playoff-Bound Jets Roast Flames in Finalé

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Winnipeg Jets LogoWINNIPEG — Call Saturday’s game at MTS Centre a victory lap.

With a Stanley Cup Playoff spot safely secured and nothing to be lost or gained in their regular season finalé, the Winnipeg Jets rested several veterans and dressed a skeleton crew for their 5-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.

With the likes of Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Mark Stuart, and Ondrej Pavelec among others getting the day off, it allowed the club’s black aces to play and rookies Connor Hellebuyck and Andrew Copp to dress for their first NHL games.

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Jets Slip Past Canucks 5-4

Jets Slip Past Canucks 5-4

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Vancouver Canucks’ goaltender Eddie Lack (31) keeps his eye on the rebound as Winnipeg Jets’ Adam Lowry (17) and Canucks’ Christopher Tanev (8) look on during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday, April 4, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

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WINNIPEG — Despite having two multi-goal leads erased Saturday afternoon at MTS Centre, the Winnipeg Jets rode Lee Stempniak‘s two-goal performance to a narrow 5-4 victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

“A lot of credit goes to my linemates,” said Stempniak, now with five goals in 14 games since joining the Jets via trade on March 1. “(Mathieu Perreault) has been great since he’s been back. He creates a lot out there. For me, just trying to get open once he has the puck. He plays hard. He competes hard. He’s really creative with the puck. It’s a pretty good blend for a line (with centre Adam Lowry).”

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Rangers Hand Jets Another Late Heartbreaker

Rangers Hand Jets Another Late Heartbreaker

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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New York Rangers’ Chris Kreider (20) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) during third period NHL action in Winnipeg on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

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WINNIPEG — Coming off a heartbreaking last-minute loss on Sunday night, the Winnipeg Jets were looking to shake off any ‘bad feels’ they had on Tuesday night and continue their climb towards a playoff appearance against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

But again, with the game tied late, Winnipeg’s hopes in gaining any points in the dead-heat Western Conference standings were dashed as New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider broke in and broke the hearts of the majority of the 15,016 inside MTS Centre — handing the Rangers a 3-2 win and Winnipeg a consecutive loss.

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Pavelec and Stafford Lift Jets to Shootout Win

Pavelec and Stafford Lift Jets to Shootout Win

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Winnipeg Jets’ Blake Wheeler (26) avoids a check from St. Louis Blues’ Zbynek Michalek, right, as Jets’ Drew Stafford (12) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice referred to the St. Louis Blues as the best team in the league following morning skate, and his scrappy club rose to the occasion Thursday night as the two division rivals battled into overtime and eventually the shootout with a raucous capacity MTS Centre crowd ignited following a 2-1 Jets victory.

Ondrej Pavelec, the embattled veteran Jets goaltender, played the role of redeemer stopping 32 shots through 65 minutes in addition to halting the dangerous duo of Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko in the shootout to seal the win.

“(Pavelec) made us look good when we couldn’t look good,” said Maurice of his goaltender, who made a third-straight start after going nearly four months without consecutive nods in the Jets starting lineup.

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Jets Drown Sharks 5-2

Jets Drown Sharks 5-2

Winnipeg Jets Report

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Winnipeg Jets’ Blake Wheeler (26) knocks a puck out of the air to beat San Jose Sharks’ goaltender Alex Stalock (32) during third period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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WINNIPEG — Entering Tuesday as the two clubs directly below the Western Conference playoff line with 13 games to play in the regular season, saying the meeting between the San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets would be important might be a bit of an understatement.

Fortunate for the 15,016 Jets faithful at MTS Centre, the home club came out with their engines in full burn, taking a 3-0 stranglehold in the opening 13:01 on their way to a decisive 5-2 victory.

The win puts the 35-23-12 Jets back into playoff position, leapfrogging the idle Los Angeles Kings and into the second Western Conference Wild Card spot with 82 points.

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Hammond Hot as Sens ‘Tender Shuts Door on Jets

Hammond Hot as Sens ‘Tender Shuts Door on Jets

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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WINNIPEG — Sometimes, irrelevant of how a hockey team plays on a given night, they can run into a hot goalie and be completely stymied.

Wednesday night the Winnipeg Jets fell victim to just that as Ottawa Senators backup Andrew Hammond rose to the occasion and lead his club to a 3-1 victory at MTS Centre.

Hammond recorded his sixth victory of the season in just his seventh start (6-0-1) while stopping 35 shots, including a couple highlight-reel saves while getting some help from his goalposts as well.

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Jets Cruise to Victory Over Defending Cup Champ Kings

Jets Cruise to Victory Over Defending Cup Champ Kings

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Winnipeg Jets’ Tyler Myers (57) celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings’ during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg Sunday, March 1, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

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WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets put the brakes on one of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League in a rare matinée at MTS Centre with a dominant 5-2 victory.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings entered Winnipeg on Sunday afternoon winners of eight of their last 10 games, but a pair of goals from Jets captain Andrew Ladd and strong defensive play from goaltender Michael Hutchinson on outward helped the Jets cruise to victory.

“We’re comfortable with the style that we play and have a good understanding of what we need to do too to win those hockey games,” said Ladd, now with 22 goals and a team-leading 52 points on the season. “I think we head into every game knowing that we can beat any team, and that’s our expectation.”

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Blues Battle to Shootout Win Over Jets

Blues Battle to Shootout Win Over Jets

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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St. Louis Blues’ Alexander Steen (20) scores the game-winning goal on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson (34) during the shootout in NHL action in Winnipeg on Thursday, February 26, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

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WINNIPEG — In a veritable chess match between the Central Division rivals, the Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues battled in a physical and defensive showdown at MTS Centre with the Blues coming away with a 2-1 shootout victory following 65 minutes of deadlock hockey.

With roughly 20 games remaining in each club’s regular season schedules, Thursday night was the first of four remaining meetings between the two teams who could quite likely meet in the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The physical tone was apparent early.

“Because both teams can,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice of the physicality. “Both teams can skate. And that’s their game. That’s the way they play when they play well, and that’s the way we play when we play well.And the energy was right from the start.”

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Rookies Rise to the Occasion as Jets Beat Stars 4-2

Rookies Rise to the Occasion as Jets Beat Stars 4-2

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Winnipeg Jets’ Andrew Ladd (16), Michael Frolik (67) and Bryan Little (18) celebrate after Frolik scored. Dallas Stars’ Jason Spezza (90) and John Klingberg (3) look on, during third period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Tuesday, February 24, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

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WINNIPEG — Goaltender Michael Hutchinson made his fourth start in Winnipeg’s last five games Tuesday night, and the rookie kept his team’s point streak alive with him between the pipes as the Winnipeg Jets shot down the Dallas Stars 4-2 at MTS Centre.

Hutchinson weathered a second period storm of Dallas opportunities to finish with 26 saves for his 18th victory of the season. The win keeps the Jets (31-20-11) in the top Wild Card spot in the Western Conference with 73 points.

“I thought we came out and had a great start to the game,” said the 24-year-old Hutchinson. “We knew Dallas has a lot of offensive skill… They had a big push in the second period and we were just fortunate that we didn’t get running around too much. We blocked some key shots, and whenever they did get chances I was fortunate enough I was able to get there.”

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