The Winnipeg Jets beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Saturday afternoon, but the Washington Capitals won twice on the weekend and moved past the Jets in the Southeast Division standings. The Jets are now 10th in the East. Winnipeg’s Jonathan Toews, the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, led the Hawks into the playoffs on Sunday with a goal and an assist in a win over Nashville. The Peguis Juniors whipped the Selkirk Fishermen 7-1 on Saturday to win the KJHL championship series in four straight games. And the Dauphin Kings beat Steinbach 5-2 in the opener of the MJHL’s Turnbull Cup championship series.
Let’s start with the Jets situation and the other games in the NHL last night…
On Saturday, the 19-19-2 Winnipeg Jets snapped their five-game losing streak with a convincing 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at MTS Centre. However, the Washington Capitals won twice this weekend, 4-3 over Florida on Saturday and 4-2 over Tampa last night and moved past the Jets in the standings. Alex Ovechkin scored twice in both games as Washington improved to 12-3-0 against the Southeast Division, took over sole possession of first place in the Southeast with a record of 20-17-2 and are now two points ahead of the Jets. The Jets are now second in the Southeast and 10th in the East. Washington still has one game in hand. Meanwhile, Jets defenseman Zach Redmond is back on the ice after that horrible he injury he suffered – cut by a skate – almost six weeks ago. He is still a long way from returning.
The Jets will return to action tomorrow night at MTS Centre, 7 p.m. against the Buffalo Sabres. It’s the second 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 4 Tampa Bay 2
Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals, his 24th and 25th of the season and is now tied with Steven Stamkos for the NHL lead. Washington is 18-9-1 since Feb. 7.
Florida 2 Ottawa 1
Dmitry Kulikov scored the winning goal.
St. Louis 1 Detroit 0
Brian Elliott made 28 saves to get the shutout. Chris Porter, with his second goal of the season, scored the game’s only goal.
Chicago 5 Nashville 3
The Blackhawks clinched a playoff spot. Winnipeg’s Jonathan Toews led the way with a goal and an assist.
Minnesota 3 Columbus 0
Jason Pominville, just acquired from Buffalo, assisted on the Wild’s first goal and scored the last one. Nicklas Backstrom made 24 saves to get the shutout.
Dallas 5 San Jose 4 (SO)
Jamie Benn had two assists in regulation and scored the winner in the shootout. Alex Chiasson scored twice for the Stars.
Buffalo 3 New Jersey 2 (SO)
Nathan Gerbe scored the shootout winner while Ryan Miller made 39 saves to get the win.
Anaheim 4 Los Angeles 3 (SO)
Corey Perry scored in regulation and had the shootout winner.
There are five games in the NHL tonight: Carolina is at Boston; the Rangers play at Toronto; Calgary is at Colorado; Phoenix plays at Vancouver and Edmonton is at Anaheim.
Ryley Miller had two goals and an assist, Jesse Sinatynski had two goals and Guillaume Naud had three assists as the Sher-Wood Division champion Dauphin Kings whipped the Addison champion Steinbach Pistons 5-2 on Saturday night in Dauphin to take a 1-0 lead in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Turnbull Cup championship series. Game 2 goes tonight in Steinbach at 7:30.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Lucas Felbel made 28 saves to get the shutout as the Charleswood Hawks beat the Pembina Valley Twisters 4-0 on Sunday night to take a 1-0 lead in the championship series of the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League. Game 2 goes Friday night in Morris.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
The Peguis Juniors are the champions of the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League. Peguis beat the Selkirk Fishermen 3-1 and 7-1 this weekend to wrap up the best-of-seven final in four straight games. The Juniors won 24 straight games to finish the season and then won 11 straight games in the playoffs.
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, 3-0 through the round-robin at the World Women’s Hockey Championship in Ottawa, a team featuring Jocelyne Larocque and Bailey Bram from tiny Ste. Anne, Man., will play the tournament semifinal tonight against Russia, 6:30 p.m. on TSN.