The Winnipeg Jets whipped the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 at MTS Centre on Tuesday night. The Sabres had no answer for the Jets at any time during the game. The Steinbach Pistons and the Dauphin Kings play Game 3 of the MJHL final tonight at Credit Union Place in Dauphin. Canada’s national women’s hockey team lost 3-2 to the United States last night in the final of the World Championship in Ottawa. And the Peguis Juniors will represent the Keystone Junior B Hockey League at the Keystone Cup Western Canadian Junior B Hockey Championship next week in St. Malo.
Let’s start with the Jets big win over Buffalo last night and the eight other games in the NHL…
The Winnipeg Jets beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Thursday night at MTS Centre and that’s exactly what the doctor ordered. It seemed like quite an easy victory for Winnipeg. At no time did the Sabres look like a team that could compete with the Jets (Buffalo didn’t have a shot in the first seven minutes of the game) and after the clubs went to their respective rooms tied at 0-0 after the first period, the Jets started to dominate. Kyle Wellwood scored at 4:54 of the second period and then Aaron Gagnon scored his first NHL goal at 10:04 and Andrew Ladd, with his first goal in 17 games at 19:38, gave Winnipeg an insurmountable 3-0 lead. Kevin Porter scored a fluky goal for Buffalo, a pool shot off Jets rightwinger Blake Wheeler, but that was it. Wheeler scored his 15th of the year into an empty net at 19:34 and the Jets had their 20th win of the season and their second in a row.
It was a good thing the Jets won. The Washington Capitals went into Montreal and beat the Canadiens 3-2 as Alexander Ovechkin took over the goal scoring lead in the NHL with his 26th of the season. The Caps are now 21-17-2, first in the Southeast Division and third overall in the NHL. The Caps have won five straight games and are 19-9-1 since Feb. 7. The Jets are now 20-19-2, second in the Southeast and ninth in the Eastern Conference, although the Jets are tied in points with the eighth-place New York Rangers.
The Jets play again tomorrow night against the Florida Panthers at MTS Centre, 7 p.m. on TSN Jets TV.
There were eight other games in the NHL last night…
Washington 3 Montreal 2
Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 26th goal of the year and fifth in three games to help the Caps win on the road and remain in first in the Southeast Division.
Pittsburgh 5 Carolina 3
Pascal Dupuis had a goal and two assists as the Penguins clinched the Atlantic Division title.
Chicago 1 Minnesota 0
Ray Emery made 20 saves to get the shutout while Marian Hossa scored the only goal of the game. Emery got his third shutout in five starts and is now 15-1-0 on the season.
NY Islanders 4 Philadelphia 1
Matt Moulson had a goal and an assist and Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves to get the win as the Islanders moved into seventh in the East.
St. Louis 1 Nashville 0
Winnipeg’s Alexander Steen scored the only goal, Brian Ellioott made only 15 saves to get the shutout and the Blues won their fifth straight.
Columbus 4 San Jose 0
Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves to record his fourth career shutout while Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist.
Tampa Bay 3 Ottawa 2
Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist and Steven Stamkos scored his 26th of the year to tie Ovechkin for the goal-scoring lead.
Dallas 5 Los Angeles 1
The Stars scored four unanswered in the third period, Ray Whitney had two of the them, and Vernon Fiddler also scored twice.
There are five games in the NHL tonight: Toronto is at the New York Rangers; Boston plays at New Jersey; Vancouver is at Calgary; Phoenix is at Edmonton; and Colorado is at Anaheim.
The Steinbach Pistons and the Dauphin Kings are tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven Manitoba Junior Hockey League Turnbull Cup championship series. Game 3 goes tonight at Dauphin’s Credit Union Place at 7:30.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Game 2 in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League’s championship series between the Charleswood Hawks and the Pembina Valley Twisters goes Friday night in Morris. Charleswood leads the series 1-0.
The Peguis Juniors, a team that has won 35 consecutive games, will represent the Keystone Junior B Hockey League at the 30th annual Keystone Cup Western Junior B Hockey Championships, hosted by the St. Malo Junior B Warriors. The tournament goes April 17th to 21st at the Saint Malo Arena and will feature teams from BC , Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Check out keystonecup.ca. for ticket information.
The United States reclaimed the IIHF World Women’s hockey championship on Tuesday night with a 3-2 win over Canada at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Amanda Kessel, Phil Kessel’s sister, scored the winner late in the third period. Team Canada featured Jocelyne Larocque and Bailey Bram from tiny Ste. Anne, Man.
The 2013 Allan Cup championship will run from April 15-20 in Bentley, Alta. The Kenora Thistles will represent this region. Last year’s champion was Manitoba’s Southeast Prairie Thunder. The Allan Cup is emblematic of the championship of Senior A hockey in Canada. Games be viewed live on the web at Fast Hockey.