The Winnipeg Jets have the weekend off and it’s not helping. The Jet fall father behind in the Southeast and the East. James Reimer playing brilliantly for the Leafs, Eric Fehr scored to help the Caps pull father ahead of the Jets and Cody McLeod scores for the Avs. Steinbach wins in overtime to even the MJHL final. Pembina Valley and Charleswood are now tied in the MMJHL final.
Let’s start with the Jets situation and then look at the 11 games in the NHL last night…
Not surprisingly, the Winnipeg Jets fell further out of the playoff race on Saturday night as both the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals won and pulled further points ahead of the Jets in the Eastern Conference playoff race. To make matters worse, the Rangers and New York Islanders went into extra time so even the Isles pulled another point ahead of the Jets.
So, with six games remaining to play, here’s where the Jets stand: Winnipeg is ninth in the East and has won three straight games. The Jets are now 21-19-2 for 44 points, two points back of the eighth-place Rangers who are 21-16-4 for 44 points. The Rangers have one game in hand. The seventh-place Islanders are 21-16-4 for 47 points and have played the same number of games as the Jets. The sixth-place Ottawa Senators are 21-14-6 for 48 points and have one game in hand.
In the Southeast Division, the Washington Capitals are now 23-17-2 for 48 points, four points ahead and they, too, have one game in hand.
The Jets now have two more full days off and will play again Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m. at MTS Centre.
There were 11 games in the NHL last night…
Washington 6 Tampa Bay 5 (OT)
The Capitals blew a 4-0 lead and came back and won as Mike Green scored the overtime winner on a power play. Winkler’s Eric Fehr, who owes his incredible comeback this season to the work of Winnipeg’s McDole’s Gym, scored his eighth of the season for Washington. Alex Ovechkin scored his 27th of the year.
NY Rangers 1 NY Islanders 0 (OT)
Dan Grirardi, with his second of the year scored the overtime winner. Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves to get the shutout.
Colorado 4 Vancouver 3
Jan Hejda scored at 19:52 of the third period to win it. Former Waywayseecappo Wolverime Cody McLeod scored his fourth of the year for the Avalanche.
Carolina 4 Boston 2
Jiri Tlusty scored twice for Carolina who stopped the Bruins from clinching a clinching a playoff spot.
Buffalo 1 Philadelphia 0
Jhonas Enroth made 29 saves to get the shutout.
Toronto 5 Montreal 1
James Reimer from Morweena, Manitoba, made 37 saves to get the win. Reimer is no 16-5-5 this season.
Pittsburgh 3 Florida 1
Brenden Morrow had two goals and an assist as the Penguins won without Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.
Dallas 2 San Jose 1
Richard Bachman made 31 saves to get the win.
Calgary 4 Edmonton 1
Sven Baertschi had a goal and an assist as Calgary probably put an end to Edmonton’s playoff hopes.
Los Angeles 2 Anaheim 1
Drew Doughty led the Kings with a goal and an assist.
Columbus 3 Minnesota 2 (SO)
Cam Atkinson scored the shootout winner while Sergei Bobrovsky made 41 saves to get the win. Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist for the Wild.
There are three games in the NHL today and tonight: Chicago is at St. Louis at 11:30 a.m. on NBC and TSN; Tampa Bay plays in Buffalo at 4 p.m. and Detroit is at Nashville at 6:30.
Dan Taillefer’s third goal of the game was the winner in overtime as the Steinbach Pistons beat the Dauphin Kings 4-3 in front of 1,450 spectators at the T.G. Smith Centre in Steinbach on Saturday night. With the win, the Pistons evened the best-of-seven Manitoba Junior Hockey League Turnbull Cup championship series at two wins apiece. Game 5 goes Monday night at Credit Union Place in Dauphin at 7:30. Game 6 will be played back in Steinbach on Wednesday night.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Game 3 in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League’s championship series between the Charleswood Hawks and the Pembina Valley Twisters goes tonight at Eric Coy Arena in Winnipeg. With Pembina Valley’s 5-4 overtime win at home on Friday night, the series is tied at 1-1.
The Peguis Juniors, a team that has won 35 consecutive games, will represent the Keystone Junior B Hockey League at the 30th annual Keystone Cup Western Junior B Hockey Championships, hosted by the St. Malo Junior B Warriors. The tournament goes April 17th to 21st at the Saint Malo Arena and will feature teams from BC , Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Check out keystonecup.ca. for ticket information.
The 2013 Allan Cup championship will run from April 15-20 in Bentley, Alta. The Kenora Thistles will represent this region. Last year’s champion was Manitoba’s Southeast Prairie Thunder. The Allan Cup is emblematic of the championship of Senior A hockey in Canada. Games be viewed live on the web at Fast Hockey.