Andrew Ladd scored the team’s only goal as the Jets lost 3-1 to Pittsburgh; Winnipeg’s Cody Eakin, Alexander Steen and Travis Zajac all had big games around the NHL, and Brett Lafond had a hat-trick to lead the Waywayseecappo Wolverines past the Swan Valley Stampeders in Swan River.
Let’s start with the National Hockey League…
The Winnipeg Jets played hard and even impressed their head coach Claude Noel on Friday night, but despite their efforts, they couldn’t solve the mystery of Marc-Andre Fleury and fell 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Florida Panthers are now the only team in the East to score fewer goals than the Jets. Check out the story: Hard Work, but No Offence, Jets Lose to Pittsburgh, right here at thefirstline.co, fgor all the information you need. The Jets lost defenseman Tobias Enstrom in Friday’s game. He’ll be reevaluated on Saturday but is probably gone for at least four weeks.
Meanwhile, there were seven other games in the NHL last night:
Buffalo 4 Boston 2
The great young defenseman Dougie Hamilton scored the first of his career for Boston. Christian Erhoff, Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford each had a goal and an assist for Buffalo.
New Jersey 5 Philadelphia 3
Winnipeg’s Travis Zajac had a goal and an assist for Jersey while Ilya Kovalchuk had three assists and Patrik Elias had a goal and two assists.
Anaheim 5 Detroit 2
The Ducks are red-hot as 30-year-old rookie goalie Viktor Fasth made 22 saves to improve to 7-0-0 this season. Andrew Cogilano scored twice for the Ducks while Teemu Selanne had another assist.
Chicago 4 San Jose 1
The Blackhawks are now 11-0-3 to start the season and have recorded a point in every game this year. The 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers hold the record of 15 straight to start the season. Jonathan Toews didn’t score a point but he was the best player on the ice.
St. Louis 5 Calgary 2
Winnipeg’s Alexander Steen led the Blues with a goal and two assists.
Dallas 4 Vancouver 3
Winnipeg’s Cody Eakin scored his second of the year and added an assist for Dallas.
Los Angeles 2 Columbus 1
Mike Richards and Kyle Clifford scored for the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings.
There were five games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League last night: Jon Gaudet had four goals and three assists as Dauphin scored eight times in the second period and cruised to a 12-4 win at OCN; goalie Kris Drott made 42 saves as Winkler dumped the Pistons in Steinbach 4-3; Brett Lafond had a hat-trick as Waywayseecappo ripped the Stampeders in Swan Valley 6-3; Neepawa upset Portage 2-1; and Channing Bresciani and Jeremy Olinyk each had a goal and an assist as the Blues edged Selkirk 4-3. Three games tonight: Dauphin is at OCN, Selkirk plays at Virden and the Blues are at Steinbach.
Our next game on the MJHL on NCI FM presented by Manitoba Lotteries, goes this coming Monday afternoon, from the Recreation Complex in Selkirk, Man., as the Selkirk Steelers play host to the Winnipeg Blues. It’s a Louis Riel Day hockey special. We begin with the Recycle Everywhere Pre-Game Show at 2:15, then at 2:30 p.m. we’ll have the game between the Steelers and the Blues brought to you by Birchwood Credit Solutions. Join the great Curt Keilback and me as we Bring Hockey Back to Your Community.
BRANDON WHEAT KINGS
Ryna Pulock had a goal and an assist as the Brandon Wheat Kings beat the Kootneay Ice 3-2 on Friday night. The 20-34-2-2 Wheaties play again tonight. It’s a vack-to-back series with Kootenay at Westman Place at 7:30.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET LEAGUE
There were four games in the Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League playoffs last night: Brent Aiken scored the overtime winner as Kenora beat Eastman 2-1; Colin Grenier had two goals and three assists while Colt Conrad had two goals and two assists as Pembina Valley ripped Parkland 6-1 to eliminate Parkland in two straight games; Tavish Quinn had two goals and three assists as Norman drilled Interlake 5-1; and Sheldon Kowalchuk scored the winner as Southwest beat Central Plains 3-2 and eliminate Central Plains in two straight games. Tonight, Interlake is at Norman and Kenora plays at Eastman.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were three games in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League last night: River East beat St. Boniface 4-1; Charleswood improved to 34-2-4 with a 4-3 win over the Raiders; and Pembina Valley whipped St. James 7-4. No games tonight but five on Sunday.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
The playoffs in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League begin last and Arborg drew first blood with a 5-2 win over Norway House. Chad Bodie led Arborg with two goals and an assist. Two games tonight, Lundar is at St. Malo and Norway House is at Arborg.