WASHINGTON, D.C. – Trailing by one in the third period Wednesday at Verizon Center, the Winnipeg Jets went toe-to-toe with one of the Eastern Conference's top teams.
They battled hard – pushing in similar fashion to Monday’s loss to the Colorado Avalanche – but for the second straight game, they just couldn’t buy one.
Evgeni Kuznetsov’s goal at 13:44 sealed it.
Michael Hutchinson made 29 saves in a losing effort.
“I liked parts of our forecheck, parts of our game, but I had a little problem with our D zone. That’s about it,” Head Coach Paul Maurice said. “We’re chasing games and for too many minutes of the game, chasing that game, and when you’re doing that you’re looking for offence and that’s hard to generate.
“We’ve got some guys that are scoring and guys that aren’t. When we’re pushing for offence, we’re not a particularly good offensive team, and we’ve been chasing a lot of games.”Read on...
AT THE MORNING SKATE
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For Mathieu Perreault, it’s always special coming back to Washington, DC.
“Last year I wasn’t here for the trip, I was hurt. So I’ve only been back once when I was in Anaheim,” said Perreault. “It’s always exciting to come back to the building you’ve played in. Last time there were a lot of people with Perreault jerseys around the glass when I was in Anaheim so it was fun.”
The Drummondville, QC native was drafted by Washington in 2006, and played for the Capitals from 2009-2013. Then, after one season in Anaheim, Perreault signed with the Winnipeg Jets to begin the 2014-2015 season.
Now, sitting third in Jets scoring through 22 games, Perreault says the key to beating Washington, isn’t only to stop Alexander Ovechkin.Read on...
WINNIPEG – Simply, the Winnipeg Jets will need to start creating some “simpler, uglier things” on offence to get back in the win column.
That according to the head coach, who, after a disappointing 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, took heed of a disturbing trend in the possession game.
As Maurice pointed out post-game, two-thirds of the Jets’ offence didn’t make it to the net. Of their 61 total shot attempts, 20 missed the cage, another 20 drifted wide, and only 21 landed on target.
“That’s an area that we can improve,” Maurice said. “I don’t know if ‘drastically’ too strong a word, but there’s a bit of a theme."
WINNIPEG – It was the one that slipped away.
The Winnipeg Jets were the dominant team for much of the night, but they just couldn’t break through and cash on their abundant offensive zone time.
Cody McLeod broke a 1-1 tie at 6:45 of the third period as the Colorado Avalanche went on to defeat the Jets 4-1 win Monday at MTS Centre.
Former Jet Zach Redmond fired a shot from the top of the circle, with the rebound deflecting in off the right skate of the gritty forward, who was standing in the blue paint.
Matt Duchene iced it with 3:49 to play, sliding a shot five-hole on a partial breakaway orchestrated by Tyson Barrie.
With the loss, the Jets’ two-game winning streak is halted, giving them a 10-10-2 record overall.
“All we need to do is keep focusing on playing that way for 60 minutes. That’s the game, and I’m not sure it’s going to look any better (without) getting pucks behind their goaltender,” Head Coach Paul Maurice said. “That’s as much time as we’ve had all year through two periods. I thought there was a possible cost to that second. We had so much time and motion and it was all well and good, but we didn’t get enough to the net. We tried to change that even more in the third, but nothing came of it.”Read on...
AT THE MORNING SKATE
WINNIPEG -- A hockey rink may be 200 feet by 85 feet. But the Winnipeg Jets got some news that will change how the roster looks in an 8 by 6 section of it: their own goal crease.
Head coach Paul Maurice announced Ondrej Pavelec’s injury, sustained in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Arizona, will keep the 28-year-old out of the crease, and the line-up, until January or February.
“The window of recovery on these is harder to pin down on goaltenders than it is on skaters,” said Maurice of Pavelec’s “significant” knee sprain. “It’s a wider window because it’s a goaltender. He’s not getting back in an NHL net until he’s 100 percent.”
With Pavelec injured and only 12 forwards on the roster, the Jets made a pair of roster moves leading up to tonight’s game against the Colorado Avalanche. Connor Hellebuyck was called up yesterday to fill the vacant goaltending spot (with Pavelec placed on injured reserve), and forward Joel Armia was recalled from the Manitoba Moose prior to the Jets morning skate today.Read on...
WINNIPEG -- One day after Ondrej Pavelec suffered a lower-body injury, head coach Paul Maurice said he still doesn’t have an update on the Winnipeg Jets netminder’s status.
“We’re still gathering information,” Maurice said. “I can tell you he won’t be in the line-up tomorrow to play or to back up.”
Pavelec’s injury came with 4:46 remaining in the second period of Saturday’s 3-2 win over Arizona. The 28-year-old was involved in a collision with Coyotes forward Shane Doan, who was assessed a goaltender interference penalty.
After finishing the period, Pavelec didn’t return for the third period.
“I don’t think it was intentional. I really don’t. This game happens so fast, and those are two big, strong men going to the net. To be honest with you, I’m a bit surprised it doesn’t happen more often,” said Maurice. “But I also think the forwards do as good of a job as they can of staying out of that situation. It’s unfortunate, but I’m not looking for a pound of flesh.”Read on...
WINNIPEG – Here’s the great thing about the National Hockey League: Anything – and I mean anything – can happen on any given night.
Tonight, it was one of the most unlikely of heroes – a ‘heart and soul’-type – stepping up and making a play.
The biggest play.
Chris Thorburn broke a 2-2 tie with 8:51 left in the third period, lifting the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes at MTS Centre.
Thorburn outmuscled Coyotes defenceman and Winnipeg native Michael Stone down low before bringing the puck to the front of the net and burying a backhander past Anders Lindback.
“The timing of it ranks high,” Thorburn said of the goal – his third of the year, but the most pivotal by far. “Just to chip in and help the team get a victory that we needed considering the stretch we’ve had of late, it’s huge.
“I haven’t done it often, but I saw the two guys — Wheeler and Burmistrov — go before me. They forced up ice and I was like, ‘If I get a chance, I’m going to do that.’ I did and I got lucky with the defenceman falling down and myself having more time than I thought I would have. I was able to sneak one by him.”Read on...
AT THE MORNING SKATE
WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets (9-9-2) received some good news this morning, and morning skate hadn’t even started.
“He’s been shooting at my head for five years now. To be honest it’s actually kind of amazing it took that long to finally hit me,” Wheeler said with a grin. “I’m 6’5. It’s kind of a long ways to shoot up to hit somebody in the head, but Buff’s pretty incredible.”
All kidding aside, the 29-year-old winger said he is feeling well today, but described the scare as “pretty painful.”
“It was initially pretty bad and luckily it hit me in a spot with a lot of bone,” he said.Read on...
WINNIPEG – Following a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in their return to MTS Centre Wednesday, the Winnipeg Jets enjoyed a bit of R&R.
It was a luxury the team hasn’t had in over a month, prior to a stretch of playing nine games in nine different cities including Winnipeg, where they made a quick pit stop before heading back out for the second of two lengthy road trips.
As any traveler knows, the comforts of home are impossible to replicate. The family dinners, the familiar drive and neighbourly hellos – it just feels right.
“I’ve done this for a while, but for whatever reason, just coming home for that one game against Philly, it had felt like we’d been on the road for three weeks, it really did,” Head Coach Paul Maurice said.
“It was a bit of a hard slog on the practice today – I expected that – but they ground through it. We’ve got five (games) in eight (days) coming up, so, welcome to the NHL.”Read on...
WINNIPEG – Nothing like a little home cooking to help turns things around.
Call it a confidence builder.
Scheifele and Stafford had two goals and one assist each.
Ondrej Pavelec was terrific between the pipes, stopping 29 shots in the win.
Daniel Sedin tallied the Canucks’ lone marker.
“There’s ebbs and flows to a hockey season,” Stafford said. “If you stick with it long enough, sooner or later you’ll get a break and things will swing.
“I’ve been through enough in the past few years. The way things were going in Buffalo before I came here, we were losing a lot and getting that taste again. That losing taste — it’s not fun. To be able to contribute as a line tonight, that’s huge.”Read on...