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The Honeymooners’ Season Finale
It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that the excitement of the impending return of the NHL to Winnipeg was at a fever pitch – opening night was imminent, and the eyes of the hockey world were turned toward the MTS Centre for opening night puck drop against…
Posted by BMS on 04/07/12 | Comments 2

“Now it’s sexy to be from Winnipeg.”
Last night on CBC’s The National they had a piece on the Jets’ “inaugural” season - the exact kind of piece that makes me want to crawl under a rock and never emerge. Click “continue reading” if you dare…
Posted by BMS on 04/02/12 | Comments 1

Jets are out/looking forward
Finally, officially, it’s over. The Winnipeg Jets’ playoff chances were slimmer than slim going into last night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but an overtime loss courtesy of Steven Stamkos’ 56th goal of the year dashed what little hope was left of making the postseason. Infamously weak in the…
Posted by BMS on 04/01/12 | Comments 2

What to make of these Jets?
So I’ve had full write-ups of both the Jets’ recent home games (Ottawa Senators Monday, New York Rangers Wednesday) done but have scrapped both. I feel like a broken record at this point - ineffective special teams, an inability to play 60 solid minutes, bad defensive coverage, etc. I scrapped…
Posted by BMS on 03/30/12 | Comments 4

Reality check - reality bites
The Winnipeg Jets dug deep on Friday night and did what most thought was impossible, overcoming a 3-0 deficit against the Washington Capitals and winning the game 4-3 in overtime. A regulation win would have been cleaner in terms of the standings, what with Washington only a few points ahead…
Posted by BMS on 03/25/12 | Comments 0

Crosby’s better - so is Malkin, Neal, etc.
Another visit to Pennsylvania, another 60 minutes of hockey spiralling out of control resulting in big numbers on the scoreboard. This time, though, those numbers didn’t work in the Winnipeg Jets’ favour, as they were doubled up 8-4 by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bryan Little scored twice for the Jets, both…
Posted by BMS on 03/21/12 | Comments 3

No, Winnipeg, Eric’s better [UPDATE: no punishment for Bogosian]
For 40 minutes, the Winnipeg Jets-Carolina Hurricanes game was a slightly loose and fairly unpredictable game. Then, like they have many times before this year, the Jets came out completely flat in the third period, gave up two goals and lost – in regulation, no less – 4-3. To say…
Posted by BMS on 03/19/12 | Comments 2

Jets top Caps 3-2 in a crucial home victory
The intensity in the MTS Centre last night was as high as it’s been all year – playoff level, almost. Perhaps that’s fitting, as the Jets may only almost make the playoffs. But their 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals was crucial in any attempt to claw their way back…
Posted by BMS on 03/17/12 | Comments 0

Stars struck by Jets 5-2
Sometimes life gets in the way of staying on top of all things Jets for this little corner of the Internet, and the past week has been a perfect example of that. My five year-old daughter had strep last week, which threw my work/writing/life schedule into a state of disarray…
Posted by BMS on 03/15/12 | Comments 0

A Little statement
While Monday night’s tilt against the Buffalo Sabres was anything but memorable when it came to the play on the ice, there was certainly more of a buzz than normal at the MTS Centre – if that’s possible. The Jets were up against a red-hot Eastern Conference rival whose goalie…
Posted by BMS on 03/06/12 | Comments 0

Oil down Jets, post-deadline thoughts
Sloppy. That’s the best word to describe the Winnipeg Jets’ play in a 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers in the only meeting between the two teams this year. The first period was a parade of turnovers – mostly by the Jets, but some by the Oilers – that, miraculously,…
Posted by BMS on 02/28/12 | Comments 0

Hot Wheels not enough for Jets
Afternoon games always seem like a bit of a drag – the crowd’s never really fully engaged, teams often look sluggish, and the results aren’t often reflective of a team’s true potential. While the MTS Centre crowd was relatively disengaged for parts of Saturday’s Winnipeg Jets game against the St.…
Posted by BMS on 02/26/12 | Comments 0

Jets beat Lightning, bolt to top of the Southeast
It looked like Ondrej Pavelec was going to be tested often right from the outset of Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, as he sprawled to make a remarkable save on Martin St. Louis in the first minute. It brought flashbacks of Tuesday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the…
Posted by BMS on 02/24/12 | Comments 1

Make it Four?
The Philadelphia Flyers are in town tonight to take on the Winnipeg Jets, who look to make it four wins in a row and a chance to claim top spot in the Southeast Division if they can scare up two points. The Jets have beaten the Flyers on all three…
Posted by BMS on 02/21/12 | Comments 0

Another first - Jets win back to back games
The Winnipeg Jets looked shaky at times, but in the end they had what they needed to beat the Bruins 4-2 at home, successfully winning back-to-back games for the first time this season. And it couldn’t have come at a more crucial time – with a stretch of games at…
Posted by BMS on 02/18/12 | Comments 0

Kane terrific in Twin Cities, Jets down Wild 4-3
It took 65+ minutes of play to do it, but the Winnipeg Jets got a much-needed road win last night in Minnesota, downing the Wild 4-3 in a shootout in a game that saw a key player return to form. Evander Kane had seven shots, scored twice, added a helper…
Posted by BMS on 02/17/12 | Comments 0

Jets blow it at home against the Isles
In a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders last night, the Winnipeg Jets were anchored by a toothless power play that managed two shots on three opportunities with the man advantage. Yes, “anchored” because this aspect of the Jets game kept the team from moving forward and essentially sank…
Posted by BMS on 02/15/12 | Comments 4

Pens Thrash Jets 8-5
Tim Stapleton, Kyle Wellwood, and the Penguins’ Jordan Staal all drew back in to their respective lineups on Saturday afternoon, and each factored into the scoresheet. Having said that, it wasn’t hard to pick up a goal or assist in this game, as the Winnipeg Jets fell 8-5 to the…
Posted by BMS on 02/11/12 | Comments 2

Jets surge late, win crucial game against Caps
After 40-some minutes of hockey, I was feeling like I had seen this Washington Capitals/Winnipeg Jets game before. This game appeared to be headed in the same direction as so many as of late this year – lackluster offense from the Jets, with Ondrej Pavelec’s goaltending keeping the game close…
Posted by BMS on 02/10/12 | Comments 1

Jets score more than once, win game (!)
Finally back in their own barn, the Winnipeg Jets broke the Toronto Maple Leafs’ five-game winning streak with a hard-fought 2-1 win in a game that had many a momentum shift. At times the Leafs rolled into the Jets’ zone with ease, blowing past pinching/flat-footed defenders, while at other times…
Posted by BMS on 02/08/12 | Comments 0

Habs drop Jets 3-0 in a stinker
Call it Stupor Bowl Sunday, Super Bore Sunday or whatever else you want, Sunday’s Winnipeg Jets-Montreal Canadiens afternoon game at the Bell Centre saw one team play sloppy hockey and the visitors play even worse. Coming off a 3-0 loss yesterday afternoon – also at the Bell Centre – the…
Posted by BMS on 02/06/12 | Comments 0

Sunshine State swing nets Jets two of four points
The Winnipeg Jets leave Florida with two of a possible four points – not the ideal situation, especially considering the two points they picked up were in a 2-1 overtime win against Southeast Division rivals the Tampa Bay Lightning. Rather than significantly close the gap on the Florida Panthers (to…
Posted by BMS on 02/04/12 | Comments 0

Jets outlast Flyers 2-1
Despite that wild 9-8 Jets win early in the year, last night’s Winnipeg Jets/Philadelphia Flyers game got off to a somewhat predictably slow, cautious tilt – heck, there weren’t even any shots on net until over halfway through the first period, and only 13 in total (7-6 Jets). It was,…
Posted by BMS on 02/01/12 | Comments 0

Jets lose a tough one at home
Last night’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers must have been a tough pill to swallow for the Winnipeg Jets, as their Southeast Division rivals managed to get both of a two possible points despite the Jets completely pouring it on from beginning to end. the Jets managed 44…
Posted by BMS on 01/22/12 | Comments 0

Jets blank All Star-riddled Sens 2-0
Greetings from the balmy Southeast Division - here in Winnipeg it’s currently -25 Celsius, but feels more like -36 when you factor in the wind. Um, at least it’s sunny I guess. The Winnipeg Jets and Ottawa Senators had very different records for 2012 going into last night’s game at…
Posted by BMS on 01/17/12 | Comments 0

Jersey Snore*
If hockey games were only two periods long, the Winnipeg Jets might very well be the toast of the league. But with no signs of any rules being amended to shorten games in the foreseeable future, the team will have to do something to learn to play hard for 60…
Posted by BMS on 01/15/12 | Comments 0

Jets lose “the Rumble” to Sharks 2-0*
I tried. I tried my best to keep my attention on the Winnipeg Jets/San Jose Sharks game last night. As per usual, I was taking notes on my laptop, and as per usual I had Twitter open on my laptop as well. Suddenly I see that Mike Cammalleri has been…
Posted by BMS on 01/13/12 | Comments 0

Bs down Jets 5-3, to the surprise of (hopefully) nobody
Before the puck even dropped at TD Banknorth Garden, things weren’t looking good for the Winnipeg Jets. They barely managed to beat a complacent Buffalo Sabres squad over the weekend in a 2-1 snoozefest and were trounced by both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens the week before. And…
Posted by BMS on 01/11/12 | Comments 0

Jets over Sabres - now on to Beantown
What can you say about the Jets’ 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night other than the tale the stats tell? Well, I guess if you were an actual reporter, could talk to players, get the vibe of the arena, etc., really you could say quite a lot.…
Posted by BMS on 01/09/12 | Comments 0

Buff-less in Buffalo
After two consecutive drubbings - a 7-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens followed by a 4-0 defeat to the Toronto Maple Leafs - the Winnipeg Jets head south of the border tonight to face the Buffalo Sabres, an equally middling team only three points behind the Jets in the standings.…
Posted by BMS on 01/07/12 | Comments 0

Jets ring in New Year with a win
Every year my parents have a little dinner party type thing at their place on New Year’s Eve. It’s usually my brother and I, and a handful of their good friends - we stand around, have some drinks, then sit down to a massive dinner. This year was no exception,…
Posted by BMS on 01/02/12 | Comments 0

Kings canned 1-0 by Jets
Despite being a low scoring game, the Winnipeg Jets and Los Angeles Kings put together an exciting 61ish minutes of hockey, led for the most part by solid goaltending at both ends by the Jets’ Chris Mason and the Kings’ Jonathan Bernier. In the end, a scrappy goal from down…
Posted by BMS on 12/30/11 | Comments 0

Jets snow under Avs, 4-1
The Jets, well-rested since their last game on Friday against Pittsburgh, came into Denver and took it to the Colorado Avalanche, handing them a 4-1 loss that ended the Avs’ eight-game home winning streak. Much in the same way the Penguins came to town and had their way with the…
Posted by BMS on 12/28/11 | Comments 0

Wheels up, Habs down
When your two favourite teams are playing, who do you cheer for? I’ll have a chance to watch the Jets in person many more times over the years, but when the team moves to its new division/conference/whatever, we won’t be seeing any more of the Montreal Canadiens at the MTS…
Posted by BMS on 12/23/11 | Comments 0

Jets vs. Habs - my dream game
I wear a lot of hats: copywriter, wine columnist, parent, hockey blogger, etc. (I need to wear at least one hat - I’m balding horribly.) Juggling all this stuff can be tough - obviously Daddy duty comes first - especially since I’m looking to have my two year-old boy drafted…
Posted by BMS on 12/22/11 | Comments 0

Win-win: 5-3 Jets, Teemu charms
The Winnipeg Jets beat the struggling Anaheim Ducks 5-3 on Saturday night in what was a predominately sloppy game. Jets fans, however, can be excused for not caring too much about their team’s caliber of play - on this night it was the return of Teemu Selanne that took centre…
Posted by BMS on 12/18/11 | Comments 0

Teemu Forever
In a season already in turmoil - it was, after all, already known that the Jets would be moving - February 7, 1996 was one of the darker days of the original Winnipeg Jets. It was on that day that Chad Kilger, Oleg Tverdovsky and a third-round pick came to…
Posted by BMS on 12/17/11 | Comments 0

Caps down Jets 1-0, Teemu Eve
Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild - a game the Jets won 2-1 - was a great example of how a low-scoring game can still be exciting to watch. Energized fans, a great transition game by both teams and some stellar goaltending made it hard to look away. Last night’s…
Posted by BMS on 12/16/11 | Comments 2

Jets tame Wild 2-1
Despite being down a few forwards due to injury, the Winnipeg Jets looked impressive against the league-leading Minnesota Wild Tuesday night, squeaking out a 2-1 win in a real thriller. Zach Bogosian scored his first goal to tie the game before Bryan Little extended his goal streak to four games…
Posted by BMS on 12/14/11 | Comments 1

Jets Antti up
According to the usual suspects on Twitter, the Winnipeg Jets have claimed Finnish winger Antti Miettinen off re-entry waivers from the KHL. The Tampa Bay Lightning had signed him to a two-year, $3 million contract, but won’t get to see him in a Bolts jersey in the foreseeable future. With…
Posted by BMS on 12/13/11 | Comments 0

One team, two nights, two totally different results
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.…
Posted by BMS on 12/11/11 | Comments 6

A Little goal goes a long way
Bryan Little’s individual effort - win the faceoff in the neutral zone, bust in over the blue line and rifle the puck past Tuukka Rask - proved to be the game-winner, but it was Ondrej Pavelec that was the real difference-maker in the Jets’ stunning 2-1 win over the Boston…
Posted by BMS on 12/07/11 | Comments 1

Boo birds return, Jets down Devils
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…
Posted by BMS on 12/04/11 | Comments 0

Boo birds chirp Doan, Jets blank Yotes
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…
Posted by BMS on 12/02/11 | Comments 2

The Winnipeg Jets experience - first thoughts
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…
Posted by BMS on 12/01/11 | Comments 2

A Sort of Homecoming
The Winnipeg Jets have played 23 games so far this year, all but eight of which have been on the road. They’re set to settle in at the MTS Centre for most of December, with 13 of 15 games at home throughout the month. As a long-time Montreal Canadiens fan,…
Posted by BMS on 11/29/11 | Comments 2

Jets blow through Carolina, face the killer B’s tonight
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 moveto a .500 record closer to a .500 record (9-9-4) [EDIT: thanks to PuckStopsHere for the catch…
Posted by BMS on 11/26/11 | Comments 5

Another important division game for Jets
Hot on the heels of an admirable 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals, the Jets head to Raleigh to take on the equally streaky Carolina Hurricanes in an important Southeast division game that, many months down the line, could determine who’s in or who’s out when it comes to…
Posted by BMS on 11/25/11 | Comments 0

Flyers park Bryzgalov, lose to Jets 6-4
The voracious Winnipeg crowd didn’t get to razz Ilya Bryzgalov between the pipes, but their team managed a far more important feat, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 6-4 to win their third straight in a game that was as complete as any they have played this season. Penalties continue to be…
Posted by BMS on 11/20/11 | Comments 0

Lightning crash, Jets win 5-2
The humiliation of losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night proved to be somewhat of a wake-up call for the Winnipeg Jets, as they came out strong and rarely let up throughout last night’s 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Five different Jets (Andrew Ladd, Evander Kane,…
Posted by BMS on 11/15/11 | Comments 0

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