The Winnipeg Jets had a 2-1 lead with a two-man advantage in New York last night, but they couldn’t score a goal and then allowed a shorthanded tally only moments later as they were beaten 4-2 by the Rangers. Steinbach beat the Blues 4-1 to eliminate the series favorites from the MJHL playoffs while OCN has come back from a 3-0 deficit to even the series against Dauphin at 3-3. All eight Manitobans who were in the NCAA Frozen Four Top 16 have been eliminated. And the Winnipeg Wild open the Telus Cup Western Regionals Thursday in Kenora.
Let’s start with the Jets in Manhattan last night along with the other games in the National Hockey League…
The Winnipeg Jets fell to 18-17-2 last night, losing 4-2 to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. However, it’s a good thing the Jets play in the worst division in the NHL. Carolina was whipped 4-1 by the Montreal Canadiens so the Jets remain four points ahead of the Canes and Washington Capitals in the race for first in the Southeast Division. However, Carolina has three games in hand while Washington has two. The Jets had a 2-1 lead in the second period last night but a couple of bad plays and an anemic power play cost the Jets in the end. Nik Antropov and Zach Bogosian scored for Winnipeg who remain in third place in the East, despite three straight losses. No rest for the Jets on this brief road trip. The Jets will face the New York Islanders tonight at 6 p.m. on TSN Jets TV.
There were eight other games in the NHL last night…
Montreal 4 Carolina 1
Max Pacioretty scored twice to lead the Habs. Carey Price made 18 saves to get the win.
Edmonton 4 Calgary 1
Justin Schultz had a goal and an assist while Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves to get the win. The Oilers have won four straight.
St. Louis 4 Minnesota 1
Jaden Schwartz led St. Louis with a goal and an assist as St. Louis beat a Wild team in St. Paul that was 13-3-1 at home this season.
Chicago 3 Nashville 2 (SO)
Michal Roszival scored the shootout winner. Winnipeg’s Jonathan Toews tallied his 19th assist on Chicago’s first goal.
San Jose 3 Vancouver 2
Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist as the Sharks won their fifth straight.
Detroit 3 Colorado 2
Damien Brunner scored the eventual game winner as Detroit built a 3-0 lead and just held on.
NY Islanders 3 New Jersey 1
St. Malo’s Travis Hamonic scored the eventual winning goal. Winnipeg’s Travis Zajac picked up an assist on Jersey’s goal.
Anaheim 4 Dallas 0
Teemu Selanne scored his ninth goal of the year while Viktor Fasth made 26 saves to get the win.
There are six other games in the NHL tonight: Washington plays at Carolina in a huge game for the Jets; Florida is at Tampa Bay; Los Angeles plays at Phoenix; Ottawa is at Boston; Colorado is at Nashville; and Buffalo is at Pittsburgh.
With the NHL trade deadline tomorrow at 2 p.m., there were some moves yesterday. The St. Louis Blues acquired veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a draft pick and two prospects; the Los Angeles Kings acquired veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr from Buffalo for a couple of draft picks; the Chicago Blackhawks acquired veteran forward MIchal Handzus from San Jose for a draft pick; and the Toronto Maple Leafs have been permitted to talk to Mikka Kiprusoff in hopes that Kipper will waive his no-trade clause. Meanwhile, the Jets aren’t expected to do much, but you never know.
There were two huge games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Divisional Finals last night: in the Sher-Wood final, the OCN Blizzard built a 3-0 lead and held on to beat the Dauphin Kings 3-2 to win their third straight and even the series at 3-3. Game 7 goes tomorrow night at 7:30 in Dauphin. In the Addison final, Justin Augert scored twice as the Steinbach Pistons beat the favored Winnipeg Blues 4-1 to reach the MJHL final after eliminating the Blues in six games. It’s Steinbach’s first trip to the playoffs and now, they’re in the championship round
Meanwhile, last night, the MJHL announced that Channing Bresciani of the Winnipeg Blues was named the Recycle Everywhere-MJHL Player of the Week. He had five points in three playoff games last week. The runners up were forward Daulton Siwak of the Dauphin Kings and forward Justin Augert of the Steinbach Pistons.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were no games in Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League semifinals last night but there is one tonight: The Pembina Valley Twisters, leading 3-1 face The Raiders at 7:30 at Billy Mosienko Arena. The winner of that series will face the Charleswood Hawks in the final.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
And there were no games in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League championship series; Peguis leads Selkirk 2-0 in the series and Game 3 goes Friday night at 8 p.m. at the Fisher River Sports Complex. Peguis has won nine consecutive playoff games.
NCAA MEN’S HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
The NCAA Men’s National Championship Tournament is down to the Frozen Four and all eight Manitobans who started the event last weekend have been eliminated. The Frozen Four? Quinnipiac and St. Cloud State and Mass-Lowell against Yale, all on April 11.
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 this coming weekend in Kenora. The Wild will open the tournament on Thursday night against the Kenora Thistles. The Wild will play the Thunder Bay Kings on Friday and the Saskatoon Contacts on Saturday. No. 1 will play No. 2 after the round robin for the championship on Sunday. The winner goes to the Telus Cup national championship in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., April 22-28.