The Winnipeg Jets blasted the Florida Panthers 7-2 at MTS Centre last night. The Panthers had no chance from the opening faceoff. Game 4 of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Turnbull Cup final goes tomorrow night in Steinbach. It looks like Brigette Lacquette could be named to Canada’s national team.
Let’s start with the Jets massarce of the sad-sack Panthers last night and the eight other games in the NHL…
Evander Kane scored twice and Andrew Ladd had a goal and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets demolished the Florida Panthers 7-2 at MTS Centre last night. The Jets have now won three straight – the first three games of this six-game homestand. They improved to 21-19-2 on the season and 11-9-0 at home. They also moved into an eighth-place tie with the New York Rangers, although the Rangers have two games in hand so the Jets are officially ninth. Check out Jets Demolish Panthers, Stay in Midst of Playoff Hunt here at manitobahockeynews.com.
The Jets now have four full days off and will play again Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m. at MTS Centre.
There were eight other games in the NHL last night…
Washington 3 Carolina 1
Troy Brouwer scored twice and Braden Holtby made 43 saves to get the win as the Capitals won their sixth in a row to stay two points ahead of Winnipeg in the Southeast Division.
Montreal 5 Buffalo 1
P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist as the Habs locked up a playoff spot. With Boston’s loss to the Islanders, Montreal is now first in the Northeast Division.
Ottawa 3 Philadelphia 1
Colin Greening scored the winner as Ottawa snapped a five-game losing streak.
NY Islanders 2 Boston 1
Josh Bailey scored both Islanders goals. Evgeni Nabokov made 31 saves to get the win. The Islanders are now seventh in the East.
Pittsburgh 6 Tampa Bay 3
Pascal Dupuis had a goal and an assist while Jussi Jokinen had two goals and an assist.
San Jose 3 Detroit 2 (SO)
Patrick Marleau had a goal in regulation and scored the shootout winner.
St. Louis 2 Minnesota 0
Brian Elliott made 23 saves to get the shutout
Los Angeles 3 Colorado 2 (SO)
Mike Richards had a goal and an assist and Anze Kopitar scored the shootout winner.
There are five games in the NHL tonight: Ottawa is at New Jersey; St. Louis is at Columbus; Dallas plays at Nashville; Detroit is at Chicago and Phoenix plays at Calgary.
No game in the best-of-seven Manitoba Junior Hockey League Turnbull Cup championship series last night or tonight, but Game 4 goes tomorrow night at Steinbach’s T.G. Smith Centre at 7:30. Game 5 will be played back in Dauphin next Monday night.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Game 2 in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League’s championship series between the Charleswood Hawks and the Pembina Valley Twisters goes tonight in Morris. Charleswood leads the series 1-0.
The Peguis Juniors, a team that has won 35 consecutive games, will represent the Keystone Junior B Hockey League at the 30th annual Keystone Cup Western Junior B Hockey Championships, hosted by the St. Malo Junior B Warriors. The tournament goes April 17th to 21st at the Saint Malo Arena and will feature teams from BC , Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Check out keystonecup.ca. for ticket information.
The 2013 Allan Cup championship will run from April 15-20 in Bentley, Alta. The Kenora Thistles will represent this region. Last year’s champion was Manitoba’s Southeast Prairie Thunder. The Allan Cup is emblematic of the championship of Senior A hockey in Canada. Games be viewed live on the web at Fast Hockey.
Word out of Calgary this week is that after Team Canada lost to the United States in the final of the World Women’s Hockey Championship in Ottawa, that the women’s coaching staff is preparing to make changes. There could be two defensemen dropped for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and it’s very likely that Brigette Lacquette from Mallard, Manitoba, will be named to the team. Lacquette, who plays at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, was a member of Canada’s National Under-22 team and as a member of the National Under-18 team, she was named the best defenseman at the World Championship in Chicago.