Jarome Iginla was traded from the Calgary Flames to the Pittsburgh Penguins early Thursday morning just as the Winnipeg Jets prepared to play a huge game Thursday night in Pittsburgh. There is still no guarantee that Iginla will be in the Pens lineup tonight. This weekend, the playoffs will continue in the MJHL, KJHL and the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League and the NCAA Men’s Hockey Championships will begin on Friday (check out Thursday’s Winnipeg Sun).
Let’s start with the Jets in Pittsburgh tonight and the four games last night in the National Hockey League…
The 18-14-2 Winnipeg Jets, a team that is six points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes in the race for first in the Southeast Division, is back in action tonight in Pittsburgh, Pa., as the Jets face the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins, a team that has won 13 in a row, 10 in a row at home and now have Jarome Iginla. Last night, the Calgary Flames sent Iginla to the Pens in exchange for the Pens’ first-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft and the rights to a pair of unsigned draft choices. With the addition of Iginla and Brenden Morrow this week, a good team got a lot better, although Iginla might not be in the lineup tonight. Of course, to be fair, the Jets have won two in a row and are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games on the road. This should be a good hockey game tonight.
The Jets will return home after tonight’s game and face the Carolina Hurricanes at MTS Centre on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. If you don’t have a ticket, the game can be seen on TSN Jets TV.
There were four games in the NHL last night…
Montreal 6 Boston 5 (SO)
Montreal rookie Brendan Gallagher scored twice during the third period, he scored the game-tying goal at 19:51 of the third period and then he scored the winning goal in a six-round shootout.
Calgary 4 Colorado 3
Mike Cammalleri scored twice to lead the Flames who played without their captain last night. They’ll have a new captain today.
Minnesota 4 Phoenix 3 (OT)
Great comeback by the top team in the Northwest Division: Ryan Suter scored the tying goal at 19:05 of the third period and then Mikko Koivu scored the winner at 2:43 of overtime. The Wild have won seven straight games.
San Jose 4 Anaheim 0
Tommy Wingels led the Sharks with a goal and an assist. Antti Niemi made 22 saves to get the shutout.
There are nine other games in the NHL tonight including Carolina at Toronto in a big game for the Jets; the Rangers at Ottawa, Buffalo at Florida Columbus at Edmonton at 8:30 on SportsNet West and Colorado at Vancouver.
There were no games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Divisional Finals last night, but two huge games tonight. On the Sher-Wood side Dauphin, leading 3-0, is at OCN at 7 p.m. and in the Addison final the Blues, trailing 2-1, are in Steinbach at 7:30 where 1,300 people are expected in a band box that holds about 800. Maybe.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were no games in Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League semifinals last night but there is one game tonight: Charleswood, leading 3-0, plays at River East in Game 4 of that series at Terry Sawchuk Arena in Winnipeg.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
And there were no games in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League championship series, but Game 2 goes Saturday night at 7:30. Peguis, after coming back from a 5-0 disadvantage to win 7-6 in Game 1 will face the Fishermen in Selkirk.
NCAA MEN’S HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
The 16-team NCAA Men’s National Championship Tournament begins tomorrow night and there will be seven Manitobans taking part in the event: Nolan Zajac from Winnipeg plays at Denver, Brendan O’Donnell from Winnipeg and Stephane Pattyn from Ste. Anne are at North Dakota; Mat and Kyle Bodie from east St. Paul are at Union College and senior captain Torrey Lindsay from Grosse Isle and freshman Mathew Backhouse from Thompson are playing at Canisius College.
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.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET
The Manitoba champion Winnipeg Wild will represent this province at the Telus Cup Triple A Midget Western Regionals from April 4-7, in Kenora.