The Winnipeg Jets got a goal and a career-high three assists from Evander Kane en route to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in a huge four-point game last night. Former Jet 1.0 Nikolai Khabibulin stops 43 to get shutout. Kurt Keats scores winner in second overtime to get Blues on the board. Dauphin takes 3-0 lead over OCN. And Peguis wins its eighth straight playoff game 7-6 over solid Selkirk squad.
Let’s start with the Jets win over the Hurricanes and the other games last night in the National Hockey League…
Evander Kane had a goal and three assists while Ondrej Pavelec made 39 saves as the Winnipeg Jets went on the road and beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. With the win, the Jets improved to 18-14-2 and moved six points ahead of Carolina in the race for first in the Southeast Division. Olli Jokinen, Tobi Enstrom and Nik Antropov scored the other Winnipeg goals. The victory also left Winnipeg in third place overall in the Eastern Conference with just 14 games remaining in the season. The Jets have now won two in a row and are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games on the road.
Tomorrow night the Jets wrap-up this brief two-game road trip with a game in Pittsburgh against the Penguins, 6 p.m. on TSN Jets TV.
There were eight other games in the NHL last night…
NY Islanders 3 Washington 2
John Tavares scored the winner at 14:42 of the third. Washington fell seven points back of the Jets.
Pittsburgh 1 Montreal 0
Sidney Crosby had the game’s only goal as the Penguins won their 13th straight game and their 10th straight at home.
Toronto 3 Florida 2
Joffrey Lupul scored twice and Ben Scrivens made 42 saves to get the win. The Leafs played their fifth game in seven nights.
Edmonton 3 St. Louis 0
40-year-old former Jet 1.0 Nikolai Khabibulin made 43 saves to get the shutout in only his seventh game of the season. Jordan Eberle had two goals and an assist while Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists.
Chicago 2 Calgary 0
Ray Emery had to make only 16 saves to get the shutout.
Vancouver 1 Columbus 0
Maxim Lapierre scored the winner in the shootout. Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves in the Columbus net while Cory Schneider made 17 saves for the Canucks.
NY Rangers 5 Philadelphia 2
Derek Stepan had a goal and three assists while Rick Nash had two goals and an assist.
Tampa Bay 2 Buffalo 1
Steve Stamkos (with his league-leading 23rd goal) and Martin St. Louis each had a goal and an assist as the Lightning won for new head coach Jon Cooper.
There are four games in the NHL tonight: Montreal is at Boston, 6:30 on TSN; Phoenix is at Minnesota; Colorado is at Calgary, 9 p.m. on TSN; and Anahein is at San Jose.
There were two games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Divisional Finals last night: On the Sher-Wood side, the Dauphin Kings built a 4-0 lead and hung on to beat the OCN Blizzard 4-2. Daulton Siwak led the Kings with the eventual winning goal and an assist as Dauphin took a 3-0 stranglehold in the series. Game 4 is back at OCN tomorrow night. In the Addison Final, it was a thriller at the MTS Iceplex as Kurt Keats scored the winner at 5:51 of the second overtime period to give the Winnipeg Blues a 4-3 win over the Steinbach Pistons to cut Steinbach’s lead to 2-1. Game 4 in that series goes tomorrow night in Steinbach.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were two games in Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League semifinals last night: Pembina Valley beat the Raiders 4-2 to take a 2-1 series lead. The next game in that series is Saturday night in Morris. Meanwhile, Charleswood edged River East 3-2 in overtime to take a 3-0 series lead. Game 4 in that series goes tomorrow night at Terry Sawchuk Arena in Winnipeg.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
And the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League championship series opened up last night in Fisher Branch as Peguis just got by Selkirk 7-6. Game 2 in the series goes Saturday night at 7:30 in Selkirk
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 from April 4-7, in Kenora.