TAMPA, Fla. — The Winnipeg Jets coming off that sluggish 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night take on Tampa at the Tampa Bay Times Forum tonight. Meanwhile, Winnipeg’s Jonathan Toews started the third-period comeback as the Chicago Blackhawks improved to 21-0-3 to start the season. No games in Manitoba last night but tonight and tomorrow night the playoffs continue or get started in every major league in the province.
Let’s start with the Winnipeg Jets as they prepare for the Tampa Bay Lightning in National Hockey League action tonight…
The 10-11-1 Winnipeg Jets, the 11th place team in the NHL’s Eastern Conference will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 12th place team in the East, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum tonight at 6:30 on TSN Jets TV. NCI will be there live. The last time these two teams met in Tampa, the Lightning won 8-3. There is a chance Al Montoya will start in net in place of the struggling Ondrej Pavelec for the Jets tonight.
There were four games in the NHL last night:
Toronto 5 Ottawa 4
The Leafs Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists while Morweena Manitoba’s James Reimer made 35 saves to get the win and Winnipeg’s Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren each had fights. Pretty much a perfect night for the Leafs.
Chicago 3 Colorado 2
The Hawks Jonathan Toews scored a shorthanded, highlight-reel goal at 2:19 of the third period and then Daniel Carcillo scored at 19:10 of the third to win it as the Blackhawks came back to improve to 21-0-3 to start the season.
Anaheim 2 Phoenix 0
Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist and Jonas Hiller made 18 saves to get the shutout.
Calgary 4 San Jose 1
Mikka Kiprusoff returned from injury and made 32 saves to get the win as slow-starting Calgary moved to 9-8-1 on the season. Jarome Iginla scored his seventh of the year.
BRANDON WHEAT KINGS
The 22-38-4-3 Brandon What Kings will play again tomorrow night against the Edmonton Oil Kings, 7:30 at Westman Place in Brandon.
The best-of-seven quarterfinals start tomorrow night in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League: Portage opens in Steinbach, Winkler starts in Winnipeg against the Blues and Waywayseecappo opens up in Dauphin. On Saturday, Swan Valley starts in OCN against the Blizzard.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET LEAGUE
There were no games in the Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League playoffs last night but two tonight as the semifinals open with Pembina Valley at the Winnipeg Wild; and the Winnipeg Thrashers at Brandon.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were no games in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League playoffs last night, but two tonight: Charleswood is at St. Vital while Pembina Valley is at St. James.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
And there were no games in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League semifinals last night but two tomorrow night when both series return to action. Peguis leads St. Malo 1-0 while Arborg and Selkirk are all even at 1-1.
And, finally, the man who wrote the Hockey Song, Stompin’ Tom Connors passed away yesterday of what were called “natural causes.” He was 77.