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from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Paul Maurice has already done so much for the Winnipeg Jets in his short tenure as coach, so it was fitting that his team paid it back some on Tuesday night.
Maurice's return to Raleigh to face the franchise with which he grew up was surely an emotional one, and beating the Hurricanes 2-1 had to feel pretty good. Knowing Maurice, he'll tell you that the most important thing was that the Jets earned two more points.
They're now 9-2 under Maurice, who replaced the fired Claude Noel. The Jets pulled to within just two points of the slumping Canucks, who have now lost five in a row after falling to Boston.
more plus Burnside on Ryan Callahan, LeBrun looks at the playoff race in the West and Strang on the Rangers...
Players that embellish on a consistent basis run the risk of not receiving the benefit of the doubt when they are legitimately fouled. Brendan Gallagher is too effective and too good a player to develop that unwanted reputation from the refs.
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
It's a fair and timely question and one certainly worth asking right now about the Winnipeg Jets:
Who the heck are these guys, anyway?
Given up for dead three weeks ago, the Jets have ripped off the toe tag and jumped off the slab to get back into the Western Conference playoff discussion by going 8-2 in their first 10 games under new head coach Paul Maurice.
And the effort they served up in Sunday afternoon's 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre now appears to be more of a trend than a blip. They got solid goaltending from Al Montoya and good work from everyone in white and double blue en route to their second straight victory and fourth in the last five games.
The Jets are now 27-25-5 and with 59 points have moved into a tie with Nashville and Dallas -- four points back of Vancouver for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
via Marc Antoine Godin tweet, translated from French to English...
Therrien: "there there would have been 5 penalties late in the game for what the Jets did to Gallagher. We will ask for explanations."
Tortorella does make his official return from suspension on Monday when Vancouver plays in Detroit.
Perry was given 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Mark Spector and Billy Jaffe of Sportsnet discuss possible options for Jokinen at the deadline.
"I went in and talked a little bit about what I saw, congratulated them on facing some tough adversity and winning, thanked them, and then proceeded to cancel the day off that they had tomorrow."
"It was good enough tonight but we can't rely on that being good enough in our next game. We've just got to get better."
-Paul Maurice after his first game behind the bench for the Winnipeg Jets. More on their 5-1 win over Phoenix from the CP at TSN.
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