Zach Rakochy made 44 saves to save the Steinbach Pistons, Andrew Ladd scored twice but it wasn’t enough and Winnipeg’s Colin Wilson scored the only goal of the game as he led the Preds to victory.
Let’s start with the National Hockey League…
Despite a pair of goals by Andrew Ladd, the Winnipeg Jets were beaten 3-2 by the Philadelphia Flyers at MTS Centre last night. Blake Wheeler assisted on both Ladd goals, but two wasn’t enough as Philly built a 3-1 lead with a minute to play when Ladd’s second of the night made it close. Sadly, it was too little, too late. With the loss, the Jets fell to 5-6-1 on the season. They have 11 points good for 11th place in the East. The Flyers were 1-6-1 on the road this season heading into Winnipeg last night. Al Montoya started the game in goal but suffered the dreaded lower body injury so Ondrej Pavelec came on to start the third period. Dustin Byfuglien returned after missing five games and didn’t produce much. The Jets play again on Friday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins invade MTS Centre at 7 p.m. The game is on CBC.
There were nine other games in the NHL last night:
Vancouver 2 Minnesota 1
Roberto Luongo made 26 saves to get the win as the Canucks won their sixth straight.
Dallas 4 Edmonton 1
41-year-old Jaromir Jagr scored his fourth of the year for Dallas.
Ottawa 2 Buffalo 0
Craig Anderson made 42 saves to get the shutout.
Montreal 4 Tampa 3 (SO)
The Lightning scored three times in the final six minutes of regulation to tie the game at 3-3, but David Desharnais scored the winner in the shootout. Victor Hedman scored twice for Tampa.
Anaheim 3 Chicago 2 (SO)
Corey Perry scored the shootout winner.
Carolina 4 New Jersey 2
For the second time in as many nights, Jiri Tlusty scored two goals in the third period to lock it up for Carolina.
NY Rangers 4 Boston 3 (SO)
Ryan Callahan scored the shootout winner.
Nashville 1 San Jose 0 (OT)
Winnipeg’s Colin Wilson scored the overtime winner. It was his fourth goal of the year.
Washington 6 Florida 5 (OT)
Todd Brouwer scored the overtime winner. Eric Fehr had his first of the year for the Caps to get Washington started in the third period. The Caps trailed 5-3 with barely five minutes to play. Alex Ovechkin’s fifth of the year was the tying goal.
And in one late news item, the Columbus Blue Jackets fired vice-president and general manager Scott Howson last night. The Blue Jackets will name Jarmo Kekalainen the team’s new GM.
There were three games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League last night: Matthew Miller scored twice as Waywayseecappo upset the Blues 4-1. The Blues had won 12 straight; five Dauphin Kings had a goal and an assist as Dauphin beat Portage 7-3; and in the game you heard here live on NCI FM – and a terrific game it was — Nick Kobelka scored the winning goal and Zach Rakochy made 44 saves to get the win as the Steinbach Pistons held on to beat the Winkler Flyers 5-4. No games tonight or tomorrow night in the MJHL, but five on Friday: Dauphin is at OCN, Winkler is at Steinbach, Waywayseecappo is at Swan Valley, Portage is at Neepawa, and Selkirk plays the Blues at MTS Iceplex.
Our next game on the MJHL on NCI FM presented by Manitoba Lotteries, goes next Monday afternoon, from the Recreation Complex in Selkirk, Man., as the Selkirk Steelers play host to the Winnipeg Blues. It’s a Louis Riel Day hockey special. We begin with the Recycle Everywhere Pre-Game Show at 2:15, then at 2:30 p.m. we’ll have the game between the Steelers and the Blues brought to you by Metro Centre at 620 Nairn in Winnipeg, “for all things trailer.” Join the great Curt Keilback and me as we Bring Hockey Back to Your Community.
BRANDON WHEAT KINGS
The 20-33-2-2 Brandon Wheat Kings have had three days off. The Wheaties play again tonight against Medicine Hat, 7 p.m. at Westman Place.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET LEAGUE
There were no games in the Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League last night, but one tonight: Norman plays Interlake in Teulon.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were no games in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League last night but two tonight: River East journeys to play Pembina Valley in Morris and St. Boniface is at Stonewall.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
The playoffs in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League begin this weekend with Norway House at Arborg on both Friday and Saturday night. Lundar plays at St. Malo on Saturday and St. Malo returns to Lundar on Sunday. And North Winnipeg opens against Selkrk on Sunday. Peguis opens up against Ste. Rose on Monday night.