The Winnipeg Jets were drilled 4-1 by the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre last night. Winnipeg has now fallen to 10th in the East. The Steinbach Pistons will meet the Dauphin Kings in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Turnbull Cup championship series. Game 1 goes Saturday in Dauphin. Dauphin’s Guillaume Naud was named player of the year in the Canadian Junior Hockey League. That’s a huge honor. The KJHL semifinals between Selkirk and Peguis continues tonight in Fisher River.
Let’s start with the Jets loss in Montreal last night along with the nine other games in the National Hockey League last night…
The Winnipeg Jets lost their fifth straight game in Montreal last night. Now the playoffs, that looked so inviting two weeks ago, suddenly appear to be a bit of a long shot. Last night in Montreal, the Jets were drilled 4-1 by the Montreal Canadiens while the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 2-1 in a shootout. That means the Jets and Capitals are now tied atop the Southeast Division. Trouble is, the Capitals are now 18-17-2 and officially in first place in the Southeast (third in the East) while the Jets are 18-19-2 and officially in second place in the Southeast, but in 10th place in the East. Alexander Burmistrov scored the Jets only goal last night. Ondrej Pavelec made 20 saves and suffered the loss. Dustin Byfuglien started out as a rightwinger on a line with Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little and by the third period he was benched.
The Jets will return home and play tomorrow at MTS Centre, 2 p.m. against the Philadelphia Flyers. It’s the first game of a six-game homestand and it can be seen live on TSN Jets TV
There were nine other games in the NHL last night…
Washington 2 NY Islanders 1 (SO)
Alex Ovechkin scored the only goal in the shootout.
Philadelphia 5 Toronto 3
Morweena, Manitoba’s James Reimer had a tough game for the Leafs, allowing four goals and 30 shots on the day he was named the Leafs No. 1 goalie going forward.
Tampa Bay 5 Carolina 0
Big Ben Bishop made 45 saves to get the shutout. Marty St. Louis had a goal and two assist. Think the Jets have stress? The Hurricanes have gone 1-9-1 in their last 11 games.
Columbus 3 Nashville 1
Newcomer Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist to lead the Jackets.
Boston 1 New Jersey 0
Tuukka Rask made 40 saves to get the shutout while Jaromir Jagr scored the game’s only goal.
Phoenix 4 Detroit 2
Third-string goaltender Chad Johnson made 34 saves to secure the win for Phoenix. Former Jet Shane Doan scored the eventual winning goal for the Coyotes.
St. Louis 4 Chicago 3 (SO)
Kevin Shattenkirk scored the winner in a six-round shootout. Winnipeg’s Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist for the Hawks.
Vancouver 4 Edmonton 0
Vancouver moved past Minnesota and back into first place in the Northwest Division. Cory Schneider made 24 saves to get the shutout.
Los Angeles 3 Minnesota 0
Jonathan Bernier made 23 saves to get the shutout. Minnesota has lost three straight and dropped sixth in the West.
There are six games in the NHL tonight: Ottawa is at Buffalo; the Rangers are in Pittsburgh; Columbus plays in St. Louis; Detroit is at Colorado; Dallas plays at Anaheim; Calgary is at San Jose.
It will be the Steinbach Pistons against the Dauphin Kings in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Turnbull Cup championship series and that series opens tomorrow night in Dauphin, 7:30 p.m. at Credit Union Place.
Yesterday, Dauphin’s Guillaume Naud, the MJHL’s most valuable player, was named the Player of the Year in the Canadian Junior Hockey League. That’s huge.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were no games in Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League semifinals last night but there is a big Game 6 tonight: The Raiders, now trailing 3-2, will meet the Pembina Valley Twisters in Morris. The winner of that series will face the Charleswood Hawks in the final.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
And there were no games in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League championship series; Peguis leads Selkirk 2-0 in the series and Game 3 goes tonight at 8 p.m. at the Fisher River Sports Complex. Peguis has won nine consecutive playoff games.
The 30th annual Keystone Cup Western Junior B Hockey Championships, hosted by the 2013 Keystone Cup Host Committee and the St. Malo Junior B Warriors, goes April 17th to 21st at the Saint Malo Arena. The tournament will feature teams from BC , Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Check out keystonecup.ca. for ticket information.
And Canada’s national women’s hockey team, 2-0 at the World Womens Hockey Championship in Ottawa, a team featuring Jocelyne Larocque and Bailey Bram from tiny Ste. Anne, Man. Canada had last night off and will play Finland tonight at 6:30 on TSN.