It’s Hockey Night in Winnipeg. Tonight, the Winnipeg Jets return home to face the Boston Bruins at MTS Centre. Carolina got a point last night so the 15-12-2 Jets are now in second place Southeast Division and sixth/seventh in the Eastern Conference. The MJHL division semifinals continue tonight with Steinbach at Portage and the Blues in Winkler. And Hockey Canada named it’s national women’s team yesterday. Joceylne Larocque and Bailey Bram are off to the World Championship in Ottawa.
Let’s start with the Jets-Bruins tonight at MTS Centre and the other games from the National Hockey League last night…
The 15-12-2 Winnipeg Jets, the second-place team in the Southeast Division and the seventh-place team in the Eastern Conference, thanks to Carolina’s single point last night, return home to play four straight games in Winnipeg.
Tonight they face the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. at MTS Centre. It’s on TSN Jets TV. On Thursday and Friday the Jets will meet Washington in back-to-back games at MTS Centre, 7 p.m. on Thursday on TSN Jets TV and 6 p.m. Friday. The Friday game is on CBC TV. And then on Sunday, they’ll meet Tampa at 7 p.m. on TSN Jets TV.
Yesterday, the Jets agreed to terms with defenceman Arturs Kulda on a new contract and they placed goaltender Al Montoya on injured reserve. Montoya has the dreaded lower-body injury.
There were seven games in the NHL last night:
NY Rangers 2 Carolina 1 (SO)
T.J. Miller scored the winner in the shootout and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to get the win. Carolina move back into first in the Southeast with the same number of points as Winnipeg.
Tampa 4 Philadelphia 2
Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist to lead the Lightning.
Dallas 4 Calgary 3
Loui Eriksson scored twice to lead Dallas. Jarome Iginla appears to be on the trading block in Calgary with the deadline coming up in about two weeks.
Minnesota 3 Vancouver 1
Rookie Charlie Coyle scored the winning goal as the Wild remained in first place in the Northwest.
Chicago 5 Colorado 2
Winnipeg’s Jonathan Toews, along with Patrick Kane, had a goal and two assists as the Hawks avenged their streak-busting loss to Colorado 10 days ago.
Anaheim 5 San Jose 2
Norris Trophy candidate Francois Beauchemin had two goals while rookie Emerson Etem scored his first NHL goal as the Ducks won their 12th in a row at home.
Los Angeles 4 Phoenix 0
Jonathan Quick made 27 saves to get the shutout while Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist for the Kings.
There were no games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League quarterfinals last night, but there are two tonight, both in the Addison Division: Steinbach, leading 3-2, is at Portage and the Blues, leading 3-2, are in Winkler. Dauphin and OCN have moved on to the Sher-wood Division final.
Yesterday, Justin McDonald of the OCN Blizzard was named the Recycle Everywhere-MJHL Player of the Week. The 20-year-old goaltender was outstanding for the Blizzard, going 3-1 with a 1.75 GAA and .949 save percentage. The runners up were forward Guillaume Naud of the Dauphin Kings and goaltender Reed Peters of the Winkler Flyers.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET
No games in the Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League’s best-of-five championship final last night and none tonight but Game 2 goes tomorrow night as the Winnipeg Thrashers, leading 1-0, take on the Winnipeg Wild at 7:30 at Gateway Arena.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were no games in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League playoffs last night, but a big Game 7 tonight as the River East Royal Knights take on the Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Twins at Century Arena.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
And there were no games in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League semifinals last night but one tonight: Peguis, leading 3-0, plays at St. Malo.
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.
Two Manitoba women were named to Canada’s 2013 National Team. Amazingly, both are from tiny Ste. Anne. Defenseman Jocelyne Larocque and forward Bailey Bram were named to the team that will represent Canada at the world championship, which begins April 2 in Ottawa.
This Friday, the NCAA women’s Frozen Four hockey tournament opens at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis with Minnesota against Boston College and the Mercyhurst Lakers against the Boston University Terriers. Mercyhurst has three Manitobans, Shelby Bram from Ste. Anne, Christine Bestland from Brunkild and former National Aboriginal Hockey Championship gold medalist Kristine Grenier from St. Leon. Boston U also has three Manitobans: Brittany Hergesheimer from East St. Paul and Janelle Kohanchuk and Alexis Woloschuk from Winnipeg. The Mercyhurst-Boston U. game goes at 8 p.m., streamed live on NCAA.com