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from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,
“I thought that was a heck of a game,” Noel said afterward. “It would have been a sad game to lose, really.”
So what did he learn about his team on this night? “I learned that I like them as much as I liked them the last month and two months,” he said with a smile. “I continue to like them.”
He also learned something about the MTS Centre crowd, which was more boisterous than ever and generated a playoff-like atmosphere while making life as miserable as possible for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin in particular. At one point the crowd repeatedly chanted “Crosby’s Better” just as the big forward hit the ice.
“That’s what you’ve got to like,” Noel said shaking his head and laughing. “It’s not the standard boo yea, boo yea. They come up with new things. They are just ruthless.”
Ovechkin took the taunts in stride, joking afterward that it’s all good for the game. “It’s always nice when they talk about you and give you attention,” he said. “I love it. It’s great for the league. It’s great for us. Everybody [debates] who’s better and who’s not. For me, it’s a nice atmosphere, and I love it.”
more on the game and below, watch and hear Winnipeg fans with the “Crosby’s Better” jeer….
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
In addition to Alex Ovechkin saying he’s ready to play, the Caps also are expected to get top defenseman Mike Green back from a three-game suspension tonight against the Jets, who are approaching the contest as a “must-win.”
“These are games that define your team,” Winnipeg winger Evander Kane told reporters, “and we’re going to see what we’re made of.”
With 12 games remaining, the Jets are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, four points behind the eighth-place Caps and a point behind the ninth-place Sabres. A week from today, the Caps will host the Jets at Verizon Center.
“I keep saying for the last three of four weeks it’s been playoff hockey,” Capitals Coach Dale Hunter said. “It’s exciting for the fans and the media. The players know what’s at stake here. Everybody wants to play in the big game. As a kid growing up you always scored the winning goal in the Stanley Cup final in the seventh game. So it’s like one of those games.”
Did you know KK blogger Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson of Benny And The Jets knows his beer and wine too?
from Ben at the Uptown Mag,
By the time you read this, the 24,000 12 packs of 355 ml cans ($18.52) of the Budweiser Winnipeg Jets Fan Brew will likely have been snapped up — and if there’s any left, I’d venture it won’t last for much longer.
You’ve probably heard the story about the Fan Brew: the water used to brew the beer was collected from various Winnipeg locations over the Jets’ opening weekend in October. Containers were set up around the city where Winnipeggers could “bless” the water, so to speak, before it made its way to Edmonton to be brewed. Oh yes, and before the water left town, a small portion was poured onto the ice surface at the MTS Centre by True North CEO Jim Ludlow to ensure, as the press release states, “the spirit of Winnipeg remains forever in the ice.” If you haven’t seen the slick promotional video, visit www.budfanbrew.ca.
So, to recap: Winnipeg water (piped in from Shoal Lake on the Manitoba-Ontario border) was used to brew beer in Edmonton (probably by Oilers fans) for Winnipeg Jets fans to buy in droves. In the Winnipeg Jets v1.0 era of the 1980s, this would have been an outrage.
continued and the video Ben points out is really great, so I’ve embedded it below and recommend watching it…
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
Every hockey team has them. Call them the grunts.
They are the fourth-liners who toil away from the limelight, content to do their part while others get the glory.
Not getting scored against is their top priority, getting down and dirty their M.O.
It’s hockey’s equivalent of down-on-your-knees, mud-under-the-fingernails labour, and if you don’t like it, there are plenty of others waiting in the wings to do it.
No, the pay isn’t great. But dammit, you’re in the NHL.
At least, that’s how it is for most of them.
Then there’s the Jets’ Nik Antropov: the $4-million foot soldier.
On pace for one of the worst seasons, offensively, of his career (he has 10 goals, 30 points), Antropov has become an interesting, and dare we say productive, role player.
Where did all the Panthers go?
Per TSN Trade Centre. No return yet.
added 2:13pm, Winnipeg gets a 2nd and 3rd round pick from Chicago.
Jaroslav Halak with a different kind of leg save in the shootout, which the Blues won.
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has been strident in his insistence the Jets will stick to their long term development plan and not trade futures for rental players to help his club chase a playoff berth.
Cheveldayoff has gone even further in suggesting his aim will be to collect draft picks at every turn.
“I’m always going to be trying to acquire assets. I’m always looking to make our team better for the future,” Cheveldayoff said in a recent interview with the Free Press.
The strategy is sound but does get stretched a bit if the Jets continue to stay in the playoff mix.
Can Cheveldayoff peddle soon-to-be unrestricted free agents like Tanner Glass and Jim Slater for picks if the Jets are in the hunt? Normally the trading of key players such as these two would be a signal from the GM to the room that the boss has given up on the current season and has switched to planning for the future.
Cheveldayoff finds himself in limbo right now with his club making a charge for a playoff spot. He must protect the integrity of his roster and his dressing room first and consider offers for the future second. Or try to do both at the same time.
The Jets had a surprise guest for their game against the Bruins last night.
“She” brought them luck too, with Winnipeg beating Boston 4-2.
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