The Winnipeg Jets got to Tampa goalie Cedrick Desjardins early and held on to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2. Steinbach took a 2-0 lead over the Winnipeg Blues in the MJHL playoffs; the Winnipeg Wild won the Manitoba Triple A Midget Championship; Jenelle Kohanchuk of Winnipeg helped the Boston University Terriers get a silver medal at the NCAA women’s hockey championship; and the Keystone Junior B Hockey League final begins on Tuesday night.
Let’s start with the Jets victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning last night at MTS Centre plus the six other games in the National Hockey League last night…
On the day the Tampa Bay Lightning fired head coach Guy Boucher, they probably should have fired goalie Cedrick Desjardins. Last night at MTS Centre, the Winnipeg Jets edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2. Desjardins, Tampa’s goalie, was an undrafted free agent signed by the Canadiens in 2008, who had played four games in the NHL before last night. Last night, he allowed goals by Bryan Little, Dustin Byfuglien and Tobi Enstrom on the first 13 shots he saw and that’s all the Jets needed. Evidently, Boucher took the fall for a very bad team. With the win, the Jets improved to 17-14-2, still first in the Southeast Division and third overall in the Eastern Conference.
The Jets head back out on the road to face Carolina in a huge game tomorrow night, at 6 p.m. and then they’ll take on Pittsburgh at 6 p.m. on Thursday night. Both games are on TSN Jets TV.
There were six other games in the NHL last night…
Washington 3 NY Rangers 2 (SO)
Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin scored in regulation for the Capitals while Backstrom scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout. Arron Asham from Portage had one of the Rangers goals.
NY Islanders 3 Florida 0
Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves to get the shutout.
Vancouver 3 Colorado 2
Former Moose Alexandre Burrows scored the eventual winning goal.
Pittsburgh 2 Philadelphia 1 (OT)
Tyler Kennedy scored the winner at the 2:33 mark of overtime. The Penguins have won 12 straight games.
Calgary 3 St. Louis 2
Mikka Kiprusoff made 36 saves to get the shutout. Jarome Iginla scored the winner and Ojibway star T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist for the Blues.
Detroit 2 Anaheim 1
Jimmy Howard made 34 saves to get the win as Detroit swept a weekend series in Anaheim.
There was one game in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Divisional Finals last night: and the Steinbach Pistons have jumped out to a 2-0 series lead over the Winnipeg Blues. Last night in Steinbach, the Pistons got a hat-trick from Justin Augert en route to a 6-3 victory over the Blues. No games tonight but both series are back on the ice tomorrow: OCN, trailing 2-0 is in Dauphin while Steinbach, leading 2-0 will face the Blues at the MTS Iceplex.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET
The Winnipeg Wild are the champions of the Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League. Yesterday afternoon at Gateway Arena in Winnipeg, Jackson Keane scored the winner in overtime as the Wild beat the Winnipeg Thrashers 4-3 to take the best-of-five final 3-1. The Wild will now represent Manitoba at the Telus Cup western regionals, April 4-7, in Kenora.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
The Keystone Jr. B Hockey League championship series begins tomorrow night with Selkirk Fishermen against the Peguis Juniors at the Fisher Branch Rec. Centre.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were two games in Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League semifinals last night: Pembina Valley whipped the Raiders 6-2 to even that series at 1-1 while Alex Hollyoake scored twice as Charleswood blasted River East 5-1 to take a 2-0 series lead. No games tonight but both series resume tomorrow with Pembina Valley at the Raiders at Billy Mosienko Arena and River East at Charleswood at the Eric Coy Arena.
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.
Yesterday in Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers beat Boston University 6-3 in the championship game of the NCAA women’s hockey championship, Winnipeg’s Jenelle Kohanchuk had a goal and an assist to lead Boston U. The Golden Gophers finished the season 41-0-0, the greatest team in NCAA women’s hockey history.