Andrew Ladd scored his 10th goal of the year while Evander Kane ripped home the winner in a 4-2 Jets win over New Jersey; Winnipeg’s Travis Zajac, former Jets rightwinger Teemu Selanne, and former OCN Blizzard star Jordin Tootoo all scored NHL goals; and Kurt Keats scored the winner as the Blues beat Winkler to remain in first place in the Addison Division. It was a busy Sunday night in hockey in Manitoba.
Let’s start with last night’s National Hockey League games…
Evander Kane scored the eventual winning goal while Andrew Ladd scored the insurance goal, his 10th of the year, as the Winnipeg Jets beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 in Newark yesterday. Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Grant Clitsome scored the other Jets goals while Ondrej Pavelec made 24 saves to get the win. Clitsome broke the Jets 0-for-21 streak with a power play goal. Antti Mietinen and Dustin Byfuglien were banged up during the game. They are both day-to-day. The Jets have won three of four on their current five-game road trip and improved to 8-9-1, good enough to remain in second place in the Southeast Division. Winnipeg’s Travis Zajac scored one of the New Jersey goals. The Jets will wrap up their five-game road swing tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden in New York against the New York Rangers, 6 p.m. on TSN. The Jets will return home to play Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils.
There were seven other games in the NHL yesterday and last night:
Detroit 8 Vancouver 3
Damien Brunner had two goals and two assists – he now has 10 this season – while Jordin Tootoo scored his second of the year.
Pittsburgh 5 Tampa Bay 3
Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist as the Penguins moved into first place in the Eastern Conference. Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists for Tampa.
Calgary 5 Phoenix 4
Jarome Iginla’s second of the game tied it at 18:37 of the third period while Curtis Glencross scored the winner just 23 seconds later at 19 minutes even.
Boston 4 Florida 1
Zdeno Chara scored the eventual winning goal as the Bruins improved to 11-2-2, their best start in 36 years.
Carolina 4 NY Islanders 2
Jordan Staal had a goal and an assist as Carolina bounced back from a 2-0 deficit after the first period.
Chicago 1 Columbus 0
Andrew Shaw scored the only goal while Corey Crawford made 28 saves to get the shutout as Chicago improved to a record setting 15-0-3 to start the season. The Hawks have won five straight, have not lost in regulation this season and as a result have a record-setting point in the first 18 games of this season.
Anaheim 4 Colorado 3 (OT)
Corey Perry scored his second of the game at 4:14 of overtime. Teemu Selanne scored his fifth goal of the season for the Ducks.
There are five games in the NHL tonight: Toronto is Philadelphia at 6 on TSN; Montreal is at Ottawa; Dallas is at Nashville; Edmonton is at Chicago at 7:30 on SportsNet; and Anaheim plays at Los Angeles.
There were three games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League last night: Kurt Keats scored the overtime winner as the Blues beat Winkler 4-3; Blake Kirkham and Mitch Van Teeling each had two goals as the Dauphin Kings beat Neepawa 6-3. 44-11-2 Dauphin has won 17 straight games; and Swan Valley blew a 4-1 lead after two periods but Travis Howe scored the winning goal in a 15-round shootout as the Stampeders beat Steinbach 5-4. One game tonight: Portage plays at Winkler.
BRANDON WHEAT KINGS
The Swift Current Broncos whipped the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-1 in Swift Current last night. The 21-36-3-2 Wheaties will have a re-match with Swift Current on Wednesday night, 7 p.m. at Westman Place.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET LEAGUE
There were four games in the Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League playoffs last night: Paul Soubry had three goals and an assist as the Winnipeg Wild whipped Norman 10-0 to take that best-of-five series in three games; Brandon Switzer scored twice as Brandon beat Kenora 4-2. The Wheat Kings lead that series 2-0; Ryley Lindgren and Braden Purtill each had a goal and an assist as the Winnipeg Thrashers beat Southwest 5-3. The Thrashers lead that series 1-0; and Colt Conrad had a goal and two assists as Pembina Valley whipped Yellowhead 6-1. Pembina Valley leads the series 1-0. No games tonight, but one tomorrow: Pembina Valley is at Yellowhead.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were five games in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League last night: St. James edged St. Vital 4-3; Charleswood whipped Transcona 9-1 to improve to 36-3-4; the Twins beat River East 3-2; Pembina Valley trailed 3-1 after two periods and came back to St. Boniface 4-3 in overtime; and the Raiders beat Stonewall 4-2. No games again until Thursday when Transcona plays at St. Vital.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
There was one game in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League playoffs last night: St. Malo beat Lundar 3-1 as St. Malo won the best-of-five series 3-1 to join Peguis, Arborg and Selkirk in the semi-final round.