Ondrej Pavelec and Blake Wheeler were the heroes as the Winnipeg Jets came from behind and beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 at MTS Centre. Carolina lost last night so the Jets are back in first in the Southeast. Connor Cleverley and Adam Iwan were the stars in the MJHL playoffs. There is a Game 7 tonight between Steinbach and Portage in Steinbach. And the Peguis Juniors just keep winning. The Juniors eliminated St. Malo from Keystone Junior B playoffs last night.
Let’s start with the Jets sensational win over the Bruins and the other games in the National Hockey League…
The Winnipeg Jets got two third period goals from Blake Wheeler and another by Evander Kane and came from behind to beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 at MTS Centre last night. The Jets were outshot 28-25 but Ondrej Pavelec was rock solid allowing only a goal by Brad Marchand, after a mistake by Zach Bogosian in his own end, early in the second period. Dustin Byfuglien had a pair of assists as Winnipeg improved to 16-12-2 and regained sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division and third in the Eastern Conference.
The Jets have today off, but tomorrow they open a back-to-back series against the Washington Capitals. Tomorrow they play the Caps at MTS Centre, 7 p.m. on TSN Jets TV and then on Friday, the Jets meet the Caps at 6 p.m. on CBC TV. On Sunday, they’ll wrap up this four-game homestand against Tampa, 7 p.m. on TSN Jets TV.
There were eight other games in the NHL last night:
Florida 4 Carolina 1
Great news for the Jets as Florida got the eventual winner from Marcel Goc.
Pittsburgh 2 Washington 1
Matt Niskanen scored the winner and Sidney Crosby had two assists as Pittsburgh won its 10th straight game, improved to 23-9-0, still first in the East.
Buffalo 3 Montreal 2
The Sabres built a 2-0 lead, blew it in the third and then got a goal from Steve Ott, his second of the game, in overtime to win it.
Ottawa 5 NY Islanders 3
Sergei Bonchar led the Sens with a goal and two assists.
NY Rangers 3 New Jersey 2
Rick Nash scored the winner for the Rangers. Winnipeg’s Travis Zajac scored his fifth of the year for Jersey.
Columbus 4 Nashville 3
Vinny Prospal had three assists for the Jackets.
Vancouver 3 St. Louis 2
Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist and Cory Schneider made 34 saves to get the win.
Los Angeles 3 Phoenix 2
Drew Doughty scored his first of the season for L.A. Former Jet Shane Doan scored both goals for Phoenix.
There were two games in the Addison Division in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League quarterfinals last night: Zach Waldvogel had a goal and two assists and Adam Iwan made 28 saves to get the shutout as Portage beat Steinbach 4-0 to even that series at 3-3; and in Winkler, Connor Cleverley scored at 13:05 of the third period as the Winnipeg Blues beat the Winkler Flyers 1-0 to eliminate Winkler in six games. Tonight, Portage plays in Steinbach in a huge Game 7 in that Addison Division series. Meanwhile, the Sher-Wood Division final will start Friday night with OCN at Dauphin.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET
No games in the Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League’s best-of-five championship final last night but Game 2 goes tonight as the Winnipeg Thrashers, leading 1-0, take on the Winnipeg Wild at 7:30 at Gateway Arena.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There was one Big Game 7 in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League playoffs last night as the River East Royal Knights beat the Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Twins 3-1 to win the series and move on to face Charleswood in the semifinal. Meanwhile, on Friday night the Pembina Valley Twisters will open the semifinal against the Raiders.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
And there was one game in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League semifinals last night: Peguis whipped St. Malo 9-5 to eliminate the Warriors in four straight games. It’s off to the final for the Peguis Juniors who went 33-2-0-1 this season and have won seven straight games in the playoffs.
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.
This Friday, the NCAA women’s Frozen Four hockey tournament opens in Minneapolis with Minnesota against Boston College and Mercyhurst against Boston University. 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.