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Tyler Myers And Drew Stafford Adding Punch To The Winnipeg Lineup

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

At this rate, Evander Kane is going to have to become that 50-goal scorer he pegged himself to be.

Or else this will go down as the most lopsided trade the Winnipeg Jets have ever made.

As much as I initially said the deal that brought Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford here from Buffalo was tilted heavily in the Jets’ favour, I didn’t expect this.

Sure, Myers looked like a heavy minute-man, Stafford like a usable piece somewhere in the Jets’ top three lines.

Fifteen games after the move, two men who’d become used to losing on a team that’s gone straight to hell have become key parts of a winner hell-bent on a taste of playoff heaven.

“So far it’s been an unbelievable experience here,” Stafford was saying, Friday, some 15 hours after his latest exploits: a game-tying goal with six minutes left against St. Louis, and another in the shootout victory.


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The Winnipeg Jets Beat The St. Louis Blues In A ‘Playoff’ Type Game

from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,

If this is what Stanley Cup playoff hockey would look, sound and smell like, the Winnipeg Jets and their long-suffering faithful have one message/plea to the gods of hockey:

Abso-bleeping-lutely, please.

The Jets and St. Louis Blues served up a dandy Thursday night in front of an even-more-raucous-than-usual MTS Centre crowd with the home side emerging from a heavyweight bout with a 2-1 shootout victory that just oozed playoff intensity from the opening puck drop to the final horn.

The victory extends the Jets win streak to three games, keeps them above the playoff line in the Western Conference playoff race and -- almost as important -- ends a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2) against their Central Division rivals in the Blues.

"I'm not worried about our team playing over the edge with energy," said Jets coach Paul Maurice. "We spent everything we had and we needed the fans to be as great as they were in that building tonight because they had a lot to do with us playing that hard for that long."


Watch the highlights below...

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Video- Oh No Winnipeg

Michael Hutchinson looked like he wasn't sure how to play the puck, Derek MacKenzie with the tip...


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The Bottom Line Is The Winnipeg Jets Need Better Goaltending

from Ted Whyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

If Carey Price or Pekka Rinne were playing goal for the Winnipeg Jets, they would likely be one of the best teams in the National Hockey League.

With above average goaltending they would almost certainly be a playoff team.

With the goaltending they are getting now, they are probably neither.

It's a cold, hard truth about the Jets. Since the all-star break they have received below average to poor goaltending and it's been the most critical factor in their slide from a comfortable position to a precarious place on the playoff bubble.

Tuesday's crushing 5-4 loss in St. Louis was the prime example. Michael Hutchinson gave up four goals on seven shots and Ondrej Pavelec gave up one of the all-time softies for the game-winner with 63 seconds left in the game.


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Video-What Can You Say Except It Was A Bad Goal Given Up By Ondrej Pavelec

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

... despite rallying from a 4-1 deficit with three goals in the third period, the Jets left Scottrade Center empty-handed after Ondrej Pavelec was fooled by a long shot by defenceman Barret Jackman from just outside the blue line with 63 seconds left in regulation as the St. Louis Blues skated away with a 5-4 victory on Tuesday night.

Pavelec came on in relief at 11:09 of the second period and was mostly brilliant, turning aside the first 19 shots that he faced.

But it was the seeing-eye wrister from Jackman that is going to be plastered all over the highlights and will likely be the lasting memory.

“It went in. It was nothing more magical than that,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice, when asked for an explanation of what he saw on the game-winning goal.

In watching the replay, it wasn't even clear if Jackman was trying to dump the puck in or actually take a shot on net.

Pavelec declined all media requests, choosing not to provide a description of the play in question.

read on

Below, watch the game-winning goal and highlights from the game...

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Video- Dustin Byfuglien Out 2-4 Weeks


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Video- Dustin Byfuglien Has An Upper-Body Injury



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Video- Dustin Byfuglien And His Game

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

The Winnipeg Jets host the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night, and there is 1 player that is an absolute force on the ice, watch this video to see Dustin Byfuglien do what he does best, knock people down and score some goals.


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Afternoon Line Part 2- Paul Maurice

“So if you’re saying something good about a player, he’s a rock star. And if a guy has a tough night, and you want to deal with the media honestly, you gotta be careful about how hard you go at his play, because the next day, or even that day, it’s a drive-by shooting.

“It’s 40 people in the (player’s) stall figuring out whether they should play him, trade him or execute him. And that’s a challenge for controlling that room.”

Paul Maurice, head coach of the Winnipeg Jets on the environment in Toronto.  More from Luke Fox of Sportsnet.

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Possible Trade Partners For The Winnipeg Jets

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Winnipeg Jets are looking for a top-nine forward and the Florida Panthers are searching for depth on defence. It would appear Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and Panthers boss Dale Tallon should be able to strike a match.

Tallon has veteran winger Sean Bergenheim to offer while the Jets have a pool of extra depth defencemen -- Paul Postma, Jay Harrison and Adam Pardy -- from which to dip.

Bergenheim is in the last year of a contract which pays him $2.75 million and would appear to be a financial fit for the Jets. He’s scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in July.

The Jets have lost winger Mathieu Perreault for the rest of the regular season with a lower-body injury. Bergenheim has eight goals and ten assists in 39 games this season.

The Jets are also reportedly talking to the Toronto Maple Leafs about winger Daniel Winnik and there has been talk of the Jets having interest in Columbus Blue Jackets winger and Brandon native Matt Calvert.


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