The Winnipeg Jets were horrible in the first period but they cam back and played well for the final 40 minutes before losing 3-2 in overtime at New Jersey. There were three overtime games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s best-of-seven quarterfinal series last night: Justin Dalebozik, J.J. Cruikshank and Jake Heisinger were the overtime heroes. And Paul Soubry was the OT hero as the Winnipeg Wild eliminated the Pembina Valley Hawks from the Manitoba Triple A Midget playoffs.
Let’s start with the Jets OT loss to New Jersey in the National Hockey League last night…
Some interesting news to start: Seems True North Sports and Entertainment, the owners of the Winnipeg Jets, have been negotiating with the NHL and there is a chance that the Heritage Classic, the outdoor game, could come to Investors Group Field — in 2016. No guarantee, but it looks good.
Despite a terrible start, the Winnipeg Jets played a pretty good hockey game in Newark, N.J., last night. Too bad it wasn’t quite good enough to win. However, after falling behind 2-0, the Jets tied it at 2-2 on goals by Mark Stuart and Evander Kane, before losing 3-2 in a shootout to the New Jersey Devils. Patrik Elias scored the only goal of the shootout. The Jets did get a point and finished the four-game road trip with five or a possible eight points and the Jets, who are ninth in the East, moved to within three points of first-place Carolina in the Southeast Division.
The Jets are right back into action tomorrow night at home as the Toronto Maple Leafs visit MTS centre, 7 p.m. on TSN Jets TV.
Yesterday, in a minor league deal, the Jets acquired 22-year-old forward Tomas Kubalik from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Spencer Machacek.
There were nine other games in the NHL yesterday and last night:
Montreal 5 Florida 2
Michael Ryder had two goals and an assist and Brian Gionta had a goal and an assist to lead the Habs.
NY Rangers 4 Washington 1
Martin Biron made 28 saves to get the win and be named the game’s first star.
Edmonton 6 Chicago 5
Sam Gagner scored twice to lead the Oilers. It was the second straight regulation loss for the Blackhawks, now 21-2-3, who had an unprecedented string of earning at least a point in each of their first 24 games snapped last Friday night at Colorado.
Minnesota 4 Vancouver 2
The Wild move into first place in the Northwest at 13-9-2 as Zach Parise had two goals and an assist.
Philadelphia 3 Buffalo 2
Simon Gagne, Maxime Talbot and Claude Giroux each scored to help the Flyers snap a three-game winless streak.
Pittsburgh 6 NY Islanders 1
Chris Kunitz had three goals and two assists and Sidney Crosby had five assists.
Columbus 3 Detroit 2 (SO)
The Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky made 21saves to improve to 6-1-1 in his last eight games. Matt Calvert scored the shootout winner.
Colorado 3 San Jose 2
Matt Duchene scored the winner at the buzzer – 4:59.7 – of overtime. It was Duchene’s second goal of the game.
Anaheim 4 St. Louis 2
Corey Perry scored twice and Francois Beauchemin had three assists to lead the Ducks.
There were three games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s best-of-seven quarterfinal series last night: Justin Dalebozik had the winning goal in the second overtime and dished out two assists as Steinbach beat Portage to take a 2-0 lead in that series; J.J. Cruikshank scored at 12:59 of the third overtime as Waywayseecappo topped Dauphin 3-2; Jake Heisinger scored the winner at 1:16 of overtime as the Blues beat Winkler 1-0 to take a 2-0 lead in that series. There is one game tonight: OCN, leading 1-0 is at Swan Valley and one game tomorrow: Waywayseecappo is at Dauphin.
BRANDON WHEAT KINGS
The 22-39-4-4 Brandon Wheat Kings, coming off Saturday night’s 3-2 home loss to Swift Current, play again Wednesday night against Prince Albert, 7 p.m. at Westman Place.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET LEAGUE
There were two games in the Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League playoffs last night: Paul Soubry scored the overtime winner as the Winnipeg Wild beat Pembina Valley 3-2. The Wild won that series 3-0. Meanwhile, Dane Schioler and Ty Kraus each had a goal and an assist as the Winnipeg Thrashers beat Brandon 5-4.The Thrashers lead that series 2-1. The next game is Wednesday with the Thrashers at Brandon.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were four games in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League playoffs last night: Charleswood clobbered St. Vital 8-1 to take a 3-0 lead in that best-of-seven series; the Raiders edged St. Boniface 3-2 to take a 3-0 lead; River East beat the Twins 4-3 to take a 2-1 lead; Pembina Valley drilled St. James 5-1. Pembina Valley leads the series 2-1. No games tonight but four tomorrow: Charleswood is at St. Vital; the Raiders are at St. Boniface; the Twins are at River East; and Pembina Valley is at St. James.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
And there were no games in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League semifinals last night and none tonight, but one tomorrow night as Arborg, leading 2-1 in the series, plays in Selkirk. St. Malo, trailing 2-0, plays at Peguis on Friday night.