The Winnipeg Jets were simply horrible last night, losing 4-0 at home to the Washington Capitals. On the upside, Martin Brodeur got credit for a goal as the New Jersey Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 so the Jets remained in first place in the Southeast Division. It was Fight Night in Buffalo as Winnipeg’s Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren were on the main card for Toronto. The MJHL Division finals start tonight in Dauphin. And Selkirk beat defending champion Arborg 4-3 last night and will move on to play that Peguis juggernaut in the Keystone Junior B final.
Let’s start with the Jets debacle against the Washington Capitals (Ahh, do we have to?) and the rest of the game in the NHL last night…
Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists, Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist and Braden Holtby made 19 saves to get the shutout as the Washington Capitals whipped the Winnipeg Jets 4-0. It was the lowest shot total of the year by the Jets as Braden Holtby got his second straight shutout at MTS Centre. The less said about this one the better. The Jets fall to 16-13-2 on the season as the Caps improved to 13-16-1 and moved to within seven points of the Jets in the Southeast Division.
Tonight it’s the Jets and Caps in the re-match at 6 p.m. on CBC TV. On Sunday, Winnipeg will wrap up this four-game homestand against Tampa, 7 p.m. on TSN Jets TV.
There were eight other games in the NHL last night…
New Jersey 4 Carolina 1
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was credited with New Jersey’s first goal on a fluke play, but it kind of told the story for the Hurricanes.
Florida 3 NY Rangers 1
First star Jakub Markstrom made 45 saves to steal the win.
Vancouver 2 Phoenix 1
Cory Schneider made 34 saves to get the win on the road.
Nashville 5 Calgary 3
The Preds Mike Fisher scored twice and Martin Erat had a goal and two assists as Nashville snapped a four-game losing streak.
Boston 2 Ottawa 1
Dennis Seidenberg scored the winning goal.
Buffalo 5 Toronto 4 (SO)
Steve Ott had the winner as Buffalo won a six-round shootout. Nazem Kadri had two goals and an assist for Toronto. Winnipeg’s Colton Orr had 29 minutes in penalties with a fight a misconduct and a game misconduct.
Montreal 5 NY Islanders 2
P.K. Subban led the Habs with a pair of goals.
Dallas 2 Los Angeles 0
Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves to get the win
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Sher-Wood Division final opens tonight with OCN at Dauphin while the Addison Division final starts tomorrow night with Steinbach at the Winnipeg Blues. Dauphin is favored to win the Sher-Wood crown having beaten OCN by scores of 12-4 and 4-1 in their last two meetings. Meanwhile, the regular season champion Blues are expected to prevail over the Pistons, an upstart club playing in its first MJHL post-season. To night’s game in Dauphin begins at 7:30.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET
Game 3 in the Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League’s best-of-five championship final goes tonight at MTS Iceplex. The Winnipeg Wild and Winnipeg Thrashers are deadlocked at one win apiece.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
The Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League semifinals begin tonight as the Pembina Valley Twisters play the Raiders at Winnipeg’s Billy Moisienko Arena and the River East Royal Knights take on the Charleswood Hawks at Eric Coy Arena.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
There was one game in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League semifinals last night: Selkirk beat Arborg 4-3 as Selkirk won the series and will move on to play that juggernaut from Peguis in the championship round.
The 30th annual Keystone Cup Western Junior B Hockey Championships is brought to by the 2013 Keystone Cup Host Committee and the St. Malo Junior B Warriors, April 17th to 21st at the Saint Malo Arena. The tournament will feature teams from BC , Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Day and weekend passes are available and the kickoff fundraiser goes April 6 at the Community Hall in St.Malo. Check out keystonecup.ca.
And tonight in Minneapolis, it’s the semifinal games in the NCAA women’s Frozen Four hockey tournament with Minnesota against Boston College and Mercyhurst against Boston University. That Mercyhurst-Boston U. game will be huge. Mercyhurst has three Manitobans, Shelby Bram from Ste. Anne, Christine Bestland from Brunkild and former National Aboriginal Hockey Championship gold medalist Kristine Grenier from St. Leon. Boston U also has three Manitobans: Britt Hergesheimer from East St. Paul and Janelle Kohanchuk and Alexis Woloschuk from Winnipeg.