WINNIPEG – All night it was an uphill climb.
When Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring just 1:38 into the game, it was the start of a never-ending chase for the Winnipeg Jets, who faced 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 deficits before the well ran dry.
In the end, it was scored as a 6-2 Bruins win, and for the eighth time this season, the Jets were unable to extend a two-game winning streak to three.
“The simplest thing is that they got faster and we got slower,” Head Coach Paul Maurice said. “We couldn’t get to a puck, couldn’t come up with the puck and when we did we couldn’t move it quick enough.
“We came out right, got behind it, fought back, fought back…”Read on...
WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets (24-26-3) look to string together three consecutive wins for the first time this season when they host the Boston Bruins at MTS Centre.
Tonight’s game comes on the heels of a two-game road trip through Colorado and St. Louis, that saw the Jets pick up two wins, and four critical points.
“I think we’ve got a little bit of an edge. After that Carolina game… I think a lot of guys, we stepped up as a group,” said Blake Wheeler. “You can see it in our game. Our compete is really great right now, we’re battling on every puck, and we’ve had really good goaltending. You roll all that into one, and you get a couple gritty road wins.”
ST. LOUIS, Missouri – Now that’s how you do a road trip!
Two games. Two tough teams.
Two big wins.
Mark Scheifele scored the winning goal in the fourth road, while Connor Hellebuyck stopped all four shooters as the Winnipeg Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in a shootout Tuesday at Scottrade Center.
“The on-ice product the last two games, for me, is a function of preparation,” Head Coach Paul Maurice said. “Every team has to find its soul, and how it gets itself ready. We’ve been right there the last two games, as good as we’ve been all year, where you’re wired into the game and ready to go. That’s a big deal.
“We’re back skating, we’re competing on pucks. We’re battling and when it all goes bad, we’re getting a block or a save.”
Hellebuyck made a beautiful save off Vladimir Tarasenko, holding his left pad on the goal line to help push it to an extra round, where Scheifele fired a shot just under the bar for his first-career goal in the skills competition.
So, Mark, how does it feel scoring the winner with your father in attendance? Maybe the dads can come back for the next one.
“Seriously, eh?!” he laughed, just minutes afterward. “I’ve only shot three times in [the past] three years. The biggest thing is that I knew what to do. I’ve done it a lot in junior and in practice, too. You know what you can do and I was happy to do it.
“I picked my spot going in. I saw it as soon as I started skating down.”Read on...
ST. LOUIS, Missouri - After snagging their first win this season over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, the Winnipeg Jets will look to accomplish the same thing tonight against the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues have won all three previous meetings against the Jets this season, with two of those being one-goal games. As a team, Winnipeg is 7-3-3 in one-goal games this season, and defenceman Tyler Myers expects more of the same in the final meeting of the regular season between the two teams.
“It’s always a battle with these guys. I learned that coming in last year at the end of the year. I think we played them five times in the 25 games I played,” said Myers. “I’ve seen them a lot, and we’re expecting a tough game always against these guys.”
ST. LOUIS, Missouri - Dustin Byfuglien is staying in Winnipeg.
The big defenceman signed a five-year extension with the Winnipeg Jets today, with an average annual value of $7.6 million.
“I’m excited to be a Jet,” said Byfuglien following today’s practice at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. “My family and I found Winnipeg nice and we’re very happy to stay here and sign this. I’d like to say thanks to (Jets owner Mark Chipman), the Jets, and (General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff). They’ve been good with me the whole time. Never really crossed my mind of going anywhere.”
DENVER, Colorado – ‘Character win.’ Definition: That.
If there was ever a time to step up, dig deep and deliver a statement, this was it.
Simply put, the Winnipeg Jets were at their best in every way possible. The result, a 4-2 win over a division rival, but perhaps more importantly, a strengthening of the bonds in this one-of-a-kind brotherhood.
Even Nikolaj Ehlers got in on the action between the whistles, dropping Avalanche defenceman Tyson Barrie for his first-career fight, all in an effort to protect a teammate.
It was that kind of night. To borrow a phrase from the smiling head coach, everyone had a piece of it.
“I saw that (Blake Wheeler) was pushing with two other guys and I was just trying to help him out, a big guy like me,” Ehlers said with a smile.
“We played one hell of an offensive game and battled hard on the defensive side,” Head Coach Paul Maurice said. “We were just on the puck. We didn’t give them any room to skate pucks out, and used our speed to contest every puck. … It was a game that we had to play a certain way and we did that.”Read on...
DENVER, Colorado -- After playing nine of their last 10 games at home, the Winnipeg Jets now face a stretch in February that sees them play eight of ten away from MTS Centre.
The first of those eight games comes tonight against the Colorado Avalanche, a team the Jets have yet to beat this season. So not only will the Jets be looking to change that, but they’ll also be trying to erase last night’s 5-3 loss to Carolina from their minds.
WINNIPEG – A slow start cost the Winnipeg Jets Friday as a four-goal first period powered the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-3 win at MTS Centre.
The Jets nearly completed the comeback, scoring three unanswered – including two in the third period, courtesy Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien – but they ran out of time after outshooting the Hurricanes 19-6 in the final frame.
Andrej Nestrasil spoiled the party with a dagger late in the third, scoring his second of the game on a breakaway with 1:20 to play.
“That moment is there in your life. You’re down 4-0,” Head Coach Paul Maurice said. “You’ve got to deal with it one way or another and we dealt with it the right way. I thought scoring the goal late in the second was really important. We had 12 minutes early in the second where we were really good and didn’t get the benefit.
“I’m not going to try and blend the two moments and say one makes the other OK, but when you’re at that moment and things are awful and you’re embarrassed by the way you’re playing, we handled it as best they could and did a hell of a job digging out of a hole."
WINNIPEG -- A six-game home stand comes to an end tonight for the Winnipeg Jets (22-25-3) when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.
So far the Jets are 1-4-0 during this stretch at MTS Centre, and while it hasn’t gone the way the team wanted it to, head coach Paul Maurice says a win tonight would go a long way toward putting a good feeling back in the room.
“It’s such an important part of this time of year. We’ve had a tough stretch here at home, we have some people back in our line-up now,” said Maurice. “Real important to get that positive feeling. You get into that stretch so you can handle some of the losses that are happening with every team that we’re that we’re fighting for. We’re all kind of going through the same thing.”
WINNIPEG – Instruction was a common theme during the Winnipeg Jets’ 45-minute practice at MTS Centre today, ahead of tomorrow’s match up with the Carolina Hurricanes to close out a six-game home stand.
While this particular stretch at home hasn’t gone the way the Jets would have liked, the difference in each of the games comes down to only a couple plays each night, according to forward Drew Stafford.
“I think we’ve been close. It’s been a matter of a couple coverage reads, and once again maybe getting a couple breaks here and there,” he said. “But we have one more chance against a Carolina team that we know has some skill up front. Hopefully we can take advantage of the way we’ve been playing, the offensive chances we’ve produced. We had maybe three or four breakaways last game that if we put those in, obviously it’s a different story.”Read on...