The Winnipeg Jets were whipped 5-2 by the New York Islanders, but two good things happened: Dustin Byfuglien was moved to forward and prospect Jacob Trouba quit school to join the Jets. The Raiders beat Pembina Valley to extend that Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League semifinal series to a sixth game. And Canada’s national women’s team beat the United States 3-2 in a shootout in the first game of the World Women’s Hockey Championship in Ottawa.
Let’s start with the Jets on Long Island last night along with the other games in the National Hockey League…
There might have been two signs that the apocalypse was upon us last night: A part of Canad Inns Stadium was on fire and Dustin Byfuglien was playing forward. Both were only a part of small disasters. The stadium is being torn down anyway and the Jets lost 5-2 to the New York lslanders. The Jets are now 18-18-2, still first in the Southeast Division but now by only two points over the Washington Capitals who beat Carolina 5-3 last night. Defenseman Paul Postma scored both goals for the Jets and now has three goals on the season, more than forwards Antti Miettinen and Kyle Wellwood who each have two. The Jets have now lost four straight and here’s the kicker: Carolina is four points back and has three games in hand while Washington is now two back and has two in.
No rest for the Jets on this brief road trip. The Jets will face the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow night at 6 p.m. on TSN Jets TV.
Meanwhile, Jacob Trouba, the 19-year-old defenseman who was Winnipeg’s No. 1 draft choice last spring has left the University of Michigan and signed with the Jets. He’ll join the team next week.
There were eight other games in the NHL last night…
Washington 5 Carolina 3
Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist while Nicklas Backstrom had four assists and Mike Green scored twice.
Florida 3 Tampa Bay 2 (SO)
Peter Mueller scored the shootout winner.
Boston 3 Ottawa 2
Nathan Horton scored the winner midway through the third period. The Bruins are now 4-0-0 against Ottawa this season.
Buffalo 4 Pittsburgh 1
Ryan Miller made 19 saves to get the win. Kevin Porter had a pair for Buffalo. Jarome Iginla scored the Pens only goal.
Nashville 3 Colorado 1
David Legwand scored the winner at 18:46 of the third period.
Phoenix 3 Los Angeles 1
Keith Yandle had two goals to lead the Coyotes.
There are five games in the NHL tonight: Montreal is at Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on TSN; Edmonton is at Calgary at 9 on SportsNet West; Pittsburgh is at the Rangers; Dallas is at Anaheim and Minnesota is at San Jose.
With the NHL trade deadline today at 2 p.m., there were plenty of moves yesterday. The Dallas Stars have decided to trade Jaromir Jagr to the Boston Bruins for forward prospects Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne and a conditional draft pick. The Dallas Stars also traded forward Derek Roy to the Vancouver Canucks for a second round draft pick in 2013 and former Moose defenceman Kevin Connauton. The New York Rangers acquired forward Ryane Clowe from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for three draft picks. The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Adam Hall and a draft pick.
There were no games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Divisional Finals last night, but there is one tonight. It’s Game 7, the OCN Blizzard at the Dauphin Kings, 7:30 tonight in Dauphin. The winner of tonight’s huge Game 7 will face the Steinbach Pistons in the Turnbull Cup final.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There was one game in Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League semifinals last night: Tanner Magalas scored in the second overtime as the Raiders beat the Pembina Valley Twisters 4-3, to keeep that series alive. The Raiders, now trailing 3-2, will meet the Twisters in Morris on Friday night in Game 6. 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.
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.
And Canada’s national women’s hockey team, a team that includes two Manitobans, Bailey Bram and Jocelyne Larocque, defeated the United States 3-2 in a shootout in the opening game of the World Womens Hockey Championship in Ottawa last night.