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Game Blog: Jets 5, Leafs 2

Two goals by Blake Wheeler and three assists from Byfuglien lift the Winnipeg Jets over the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2, Tuesday night.

Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 7:46 PM / Blogs
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content


The Winnipeg Jets (12-11-2) return home after a four-game road swing to face the Toronto Maple Leafs (15-10-1) at MTS Centre on Tuesday night. This is the second of three meetings between the clubs this season, and the second in Winnipeg. In the previous meeting on Feb. 7, Matt Frattin and Phil Kessel scored less than a minute apart late in the third period to top the Jets 3-2. The Jets are coming off a road trip that saw them go 2-1-1. The Maple Leafs bring an impressive 9-5-0 road record into Winnipeg. The final meeting between the clubs will take place this Saturday in Toronto.

Starting LIneup: Evander Kane, Olli Jokinen, Antti Miettinen, Grant Clitsome, Dustin Byfuglien and Ondrej Pavelec in net.

     Burmistrov is not in the lineup tonight                                                            @saraorlesky


2:46: Chris Thorburn and Colton Orr dropped the gloves  to get this crowd off on the right foot. The bout was a lengthy one with each player landing a handful of punches. Thorburn was backed into the boards and ended up falling backwards onto his knees which ended the fight. Each went off for fighting majors.

5:22 Mark Fraser took the first minor penalty of the night for interference putting the Jets on a 4-3 power play, and they made the Leafs pay for it.

6:06: JETS GOAL: Dustin Byfuglien wound up and blasted a slap shot from the point that went off Nik Antropov's body at the post and flew past James Reimer. Kyle Wellwood picked up the second assist on Antropov's 2nd goal of the season.

11:23: The two captains Andrew Ladd and Dion Phaneuf, dropped the gloves which ended up being a fairly even tilt between the two, however in the end, it was Phaneuf hauling Ladd down on his back to end the fight. Phaneuf picked up an extra two minutes for roughing on top of the five minute major.

3:37: Ondrej Pavelec made his best save of the night as he absolutely robbed Michael Kostka on a hard wrist shot right on target from 30 feet out, inside the right circle.

Shots through 20 minutes were 11-9 Jets.

     Pavelectricity gets this crowd to its feet as Ondrej Pavelec flashes the glove and the 15,004 at the MTS Centre get to their feet.                                                             @IllegalCurve


0:38: Phil Kessel ties the game just after puck drop as he marched into the Jets zone and fired a hard wrist shot that just beat Pavelec.

1:03: JETS GOAL: Blake Wheeler answers back for the Jets. He raced back down the other end, put on the brakes, and sent a nice pass to Little streaking in on net. Little blasted a shot that was spit out by Reimer. Wheeler got his stick on it and sent it into the empty net.

8:05: Byfuglien and Kadri each took roughing penalties as things began to heat up in the second period after all 10 players on the ice ended up in a pushing and shoving match in the corner beside Pavelec.

10:43: JETS GOAL: Kyle Wellwood widened the gap to 3-1 after Byfuglien sent him a perfect cross-crease pass onto his tape at the back door. The play started with Antropov digging the puck out of the corner and sending a nice backhand pass to Byfuglien at the right post. Instead of shooting, Byfuglien saw Wellwood wide open and connected with him to tap home the goal.

     Wellwood was good on the whole road trip and Noel has been increasing his playing time and PP time. Good payoff for                                                           @TedWyman

Shots through two periods were 23-18 favouring the home team Jets. Hits were 19-16 Leafs.


     Jets look good so of their best efforts of the season.                                                           @pwilliamsNHL

11:16 JETS GOAL: Evander Kane notched his 11th of the season raising every fan in the MTS Centre to their feet on a beautiful goal. Kane stole the puck away from Kadri in the neutral zone and ran with it two steps ahead. On a clean breakaway, Kane made no mistake winding up and firing up and over Reimers glove top shelf. Antropov picks up his third point of the night with the assist.

12:53: JETS GOAL: Blake Wheeler tallied his second goal of the game after Eric Tangradi fired him a nice cross ice feed along the boards as he was charging across the blueline. Wheeler danced around and released a hard shot that found it's way through the legs of Ben Scrivens. 4-1 Jets.

13:14: The Leafs weren't going away as Kessel answered back with his second of the night 21 seconds later. After a funny bounce off a Korbinian Holzer blast from the point, Kessel was at the post to pick up the bounce and sneak it past Pavelec. 5-2 Jets.

The Jets defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs by a 5-2 final. Shots through 60 minutes were 34-26 Jets.

     Tonight's 3 Stars : Kane (3) , Wheeler (2) and Antropov (1)                                                           @NHLJets




1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67


B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01