The Winnipeg Jets play the New York Rangers at MTS Centre in a huge game for both teams, 7 p.m. on TSN Jets TV. In the MJHL playoffs, the Blues and OCN took 3-0 leads in their respective quarterfinal series thanks to greats nights from Brett Brooks and Kolton Baptiste respectively. And Tyler Penner was the overtime hero as the Winnipeg Thrashers beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-4 in overtime to move on and face the Winnipeg Wild in the Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League final.
Let’s start with the Jets news and the other games from the National Hockey League last night…
It’s hockey night in Winnipeg. The 13-11-2 Winnipeg Jets, who play 13 of their final 22 games at home this season, play one of those 13 home games tonight and it’s a big one. The 13-10-2 New York Rangers, the team tied with the Jets for eighth place in the Eastern Conference, are in Winnipeg to play the Jets at MTS Centre tonight, 7 p.m. on TSN Jets TV. Jim Slater might miss the rest of the season with a broken hand, suffered while blocking a shot against the Leafs on Tuesday night, so the Jets recalled Patrice Cormier from the St. John’s Ice Caps. No word as to whether or not Alexander Burmistov will be back in the lineup. That will be a game-time decision.
There were three games in the NHL last night:
Montreal 4 Ottawa 3 (SO)
The Habs had 43 shots but it took Lars Eller, who ad the opening goal of the game and the winner in the shootout to lead Montreal to its fourth straight win.
New Jersey 5 Philadelphia 2
Adam Henrique had two goals and an assists and Johan Hedberg made 25 saves to get the win as the Devils won Game 1 of a home-and-home series.
Calgary 5 Detroit 2
The Flames scored three unanswered in the third to win it. Lee Stempniak scored the winner and Mikka Kiprusoff made 38 saves to get the win.
Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry has been suspended for four games for elbowing Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker in the head. Zucker was helped off the ice after the late hit in the second period of the Ducks’ 2-1 win over the Wild on Tuesday. Zucker did not return.
Besides the Jets and Rangers, there are 10 other games in the NHL tonight: Florida is at Boston; Pittsburgh plays at Toronto; Washington is at Carolina; Chicago plays at Columbus; the Islanders are in Tampa; Phoenix is at St. Louis; Colorado plays at Minnesota; Anaheim at Dallas; Nashville is at Vancouver; and Los Angeles is at San Jose.
There were four games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s best-of-seven quarterfinal series last night: Kolton Baptiste scored twice as OCN whipped Swan Valley 5-1 to take a 3-0 lead in that series; Zach Waldvogel had a hat-trick as Portage beat Steinbach 6-4 to cut Steinbach’s lead to 2-1; Brett Brooks had a goal and an assist as the Blues beat Winkler 4-2 to take a 3-0 series lead; and MJHL MVP Guillaume Naud had a goal and two assists as he led Dauphin past Waywayseecappo 5-2 to even that series at 2-2. No games tonight but three on Friday: Steinbach is in Portage; the Blues are back in Winkler and Waywayseecappo plays at Dauphin.
U of M BISON HOCKEY
WHL veteran Jordan DePape, 20, has committed to the University of Manitoba Bisons for the upcoming 2013-14 season. The 20-year-old Winnipeg product is on the verge of completing a four-year career with the Red Deer Rebels. The 6-foot, 191-pound forward also played in the Young Stars Tournament on the roster of the Winnipeg Jets.
BRANDON WHEAT KINGS
Corbin Boes made 25 saves to get the win as the Brandon Wheat Kings whipped the Prince Albert Raiders 4-1 in Brandon last night. The 23-39-4-4 Wheaties head out onto the road to face the Warriors in Moose Jaw tomorrow and then they’ll play the final game of the regular season against Moose Jaw back home in Brandon on Saturday night.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET LEAGUE
There was one game in the Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League playoffs last night: Ryley Lindgren had two goals and an assist while Tyler Penner scored the winner in overtime as the Winnipeg Thrashers beat Brandon 5-4 in extra time to eliminate the Wheat Kings from the playoffs. It will be the two Winnipeg teams, the Wild and the Thrashers in the league final.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were no games in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League playoffs last night, none tonight but two tomorrow: River East is at the Twins while St. James plays at Pembina Valley.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
And there were no games in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League semifinals last night and none tonight, but one big one tomorrow: St. Malo, trailing 2-0, plays at Peguis.
The 30th annual Keystone Cup Western Junior B Hockey Championships is brought to by the 2013 Keystone Cup Host Committee and the St. Malo Junior B Warriors, April 17th to 21st at the Saint Malo Arena. The tournament will feature teams from BC , Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Day and weekend passes are available and the kickoff fundraiser goes April 6 at the Community Hall in St.Malo. Check out keystonecup.ca.