The Winnipeg Jets are in Raleigh, N.C., getting set to face the Carolina Hurricanes in a huge four-point game tonight. Winnipeg’s Jonathan Toews had a big game for the Chicago Blackhawks last night, but Chicago was stunned late by the defending Stanley Cup champions. The KJHL final between Selkirk and Peguis opens tonight in Fisher River. The MJHL divisional finals return to the ice in Dauphin and Winnipeg.
Let’s start with the Jets and the games last night in the National Hockey League…
The 17-14-2 Winnipeg Jets return to the ice tonight in Raleigh, North Carolina to take on their No. 1 rival in the Southeast Division. The Jets lead the Southeast by four points over the Carolina Hurricanes and that means the Jets remain third overall in the Eastern Conference. The Jets will find out at game time if the banged-up Mark Stuart and Ran Hainsey are available to play in Raleigh tonight. Yesterday, Carolina came to terms on a five-year $35 million extension with star forward Alexander Semin. He is currently on a one-year $7 million deal.
Tonight, it’s the Jets and Carolina in a huge game, at 6 p.m. Then the Jets will Wednesday off to travel and on Thursday they’ll face the Pittsburgh Penguins at 6 p.m. Both games are on TSN Jets TV.
There were seven games in the NHL last night…
Los Angeles 5 Chicago 4
L.A. scored the final two goals of the game to win in Chicago. Dustin Brown scored the winner at 18:33 of the third period. Winnipeg’s Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist for the Hawks.
Boston 3 Toronto 2 (SO)
Toronto blew a 2-0 lead as Patrice Bergeron scored the tying goal and the winner in the shootout.
Ottawa 3 New Jersey 2 (SO)
Mika Zibanejad scored the shootout winner. Travis Zajac scored the only goal of the shootout for Jersey.
Nashville 3 Edmonton 2
Sergei Kostitsyn led the Preds with a goal and an assist.
Minnesota 7 Dallas 4
Dallas had a 3-2 lead midway through the second period and Minnesota exploded. Zach Parise led the Wild with two goals and an assist. It was Minnesota’s first win ever in Dallas.
Detroit 3 Phoenix 2
The Coyotes have lost six straight. Pavel Datsyuk had the winning goal and an assist.
San Jose 5 Anaheim 3
This was big for San Jose – Martin Havlat broke a 15-game scoring slump, Joe Pavelski got his first goal in 10 games and James Sheppard scored for the first time since Dec. 11, 2009.
In other NHL news, the Tampa Bay Lightning named Jon Cooper the franchise’s ninth head coach replacing Guy Boucher who was fired in Winnipeg on Sunday. Cooper was the AHL’s Coach of the Year last season and led the Norfolk Admirals to the Calder Cup. He also won a championship in the United States Hockey League in 2010.
There were no games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Divisional Finals last night, but series return to action tonight: On the Sher-Wood side, OCN, trailing 2-0 is in Dauphin while on the Addison side Steinbach, leading 2-0 will face the Blues at the MTS Iceplex.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were no games in Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League semifinals last night but both series resume tonight with Pembina Valley against the Raiders at Billy Mosienko Arena and River East at Charleswood at the Eric Coy Arena.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
The Keystone Jr. B Hockey League championship series begins tonight with Selkirk Fishermen against the Peguis Juniors at the Fisher Branch Rec. Centre. Game time is 7:30
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, April 4-7, in Kenora.