Benny and the Jets
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Only four Detroit Red Wings were kept off the score sheet last night in a 7-1 thrashing of the Winnipeg Jets. In contrast, every member of the Jets was a minus save for Tanner Glass and Jason Jaffray, with Zach Bogosian and Evander Kane “leading” the charge at -4 apiece. Ouch.
The Jets picked up where they left off Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes, beating the New Jersey Devils 4-2 and putting together consecutive wins that move them within one point of a playoff spot. In a game where the Jets put together another strong team effort, fans can only hope that the team is gelling the way their game play might indicate with just over a quarter of the season in the books.
In a markedly better effort than Tuesday’s loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Winnipeg Jets (current, not former) unleashed a great team effort against the Phoenix Coyotes, blanking the desert dogs 1-0 in front of a boisterous but confusing crowd (more on this later). This was the best team effort I’ve seen the Jets put together over sixty minutes. Ondrej Pavelec was in fine form, turning away all 33 shots in a performance that was in complete contrast to this mediocre outing on Tuesday. He made some absolutely clutch saves when he needed to, and even got had of the strangest bounces I’ve ever seen go his way. Check it out here.
The Jets lost their third straight on Tuesday night, falling 6-4 to the Ottawa Senators in a match that had a few modest highlights: two goals each by the Sens’ Milan Michalek and Zack Smith, a pair by the Jets’ red-hot Evander Kane, and an unbelievable 12 shots (and no goals) in one game by Dustin Byfuglien. In a month full of ugly lip hair, it was nice to see the familiar (yet graying) moustache of Senators coach/former Winnipeg Jet Paul MacLean back in town as well.
What a difference a game makes. After being lit up for eight goals (and squeaking out a win with nine themselves), the Winnipeg Jets lost a squeaker, falling 1-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in an important division matchup. Yes, that’s right, in case you had forgotten the Jets are in the Southeast Division.
With both the Lightning’s Dwayne Roloson and the Jets’ Ondrej Pavelec not exactly putting up stellar numbers to begin the year (3.62 and 3.75 goals against average, respectively), I figured this could be another high-scoring game. But both ‘tenders stopped 27 saves - the problem being Pavelec faced 28. A great shot from a bad angle by Vincent Lecavalier at the end of the second period (on the power play) was all that was needed in this one.
Hundreds of Winnipeggers made the trek down to Arizona to see the Jets of old take on the new team on Saturday night, but their boisterous enthusiasm couldn’t help the new team on the ice. The Jets stunk up the Jobing.com arena in a 4-1 loss that highlighted everything this team has done wrong since the beginning of the season.
A goal by the Coyotes’ Daymond Langkow less than a minute into the first set the tone for most of the rest of the game. By the time the halfway point of the first came along, the Jets were already down 2-0. Their best hockey of the game was already behind them at that point, with a few shots from the perimeter (what else is new) ringing off Mike Smith’s goal posts.
No, the Jets aren’t playing, but the anticipation surrounding tonight’s NHL regular season kickoff couldn’t be more intense in Winnipeg. With the NHL deciding to host the 2011 Molson Canadian NHL Face-off festival at The Forks - located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg - the eyes of the hockey-loving world will turn in our direction for the first of two times this weekend.