Benny and the Jets
by BMS on 11/26/11 at 02:33 PM ET
In a game that had few exciting moments, the Winnipeg Jets managed to get the upper hand on division rival Carolina Hurricanes, winning the game 3-1 to collect two crucial road points and move
to a .500 record
closer to a .500 record (9-9-4) [EDIT: thanks to PuckStopsHere for the catch on my momentary lapse of reason - this, of course, is NOT .500 hockey]. I feared the worst when the Jets took two penalties in the first five minutes of the game, but they managed to calm it down and play a level-headed, responsible game.
Evander Kane sniped the first goal with a beauty shot on a two on one, while Andrew Ladd banged away in front of Cam Ward until the puck found its way into the net. (The third goal was an empty-netter by Bryan Little with less than ten seconds to play). Ladd has really started to show some grit and leadership with this Jets team over the past 7-8 games - he’s been playing the way most Winnipeggers (and Jets management) hoped he would play when the Jets signed him to a five year, $22 million deal.
Chris Mason was solid between the pipes for the Jets in his first action in a month, turning away 20 of 21 shots (Jiri Tlusty had the Canes’ only goal on a great opportunity provided by an out-of-position Dustin Byfuglien).
Today the Jets are in Boston to take on the Bruins – probably the worst team you could face in the second of back-to-back games (especially given the B’s shootout loss to Detroit yesterday – they’ll be hungry for a win). Ondrej Pavelec will undoubtedly be in nets for the Jets tonight, and Tuuka Rask is expected to get the start for the Bruins in what is also the second of back-to-back games.
The Bruins are a caliber of team the Jets haven’t had to face in many games – instead, Winnipeg has been been busy with Washington, Carolina, and so forth. The Bruins are operating at a different level right now – like Philadelphia did, I could see them baiting the Jets into a pile of bad penalties, then taking advantage on the power play. Sure, the Bs also come in on the second of back-to-back games as well, but they didn’t have to travel from North Carolina to Massachusetts last night. They’ve also allowed 25 fewer goals this year and are 9-0-1 in their last ten games.
Predictions? I’ll say 5-1 Bruins, but I hope I’m wrong. After all, I’m just getting to like these Jets, and I despise the Bruins.
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Fifteen years ago, Ben's beloved Winnipeg Jets left town. He begrudgingly turned to the Montreal Canadiens for comfort and found none, and is now struggling to find a place in his heart for the Winnipeg Jets v2.0.
Ben is a Winnipeg-based freelance writer that writes a lot about wine and beer. Expect his son to be drafted into the NHL in 2025.