TAMPA, Fla. — The Winnipeg Jets were sluggish last night in Sunrise, Fla., as Winnipeg was beaten 4-1 with nine regular NHL players on the shelf for the Panthers. Meanwhile, Winnipeg’s Jonathan Toews had a pair of assists as the Chicago Blackhawks improved to 20-0-3; Winkler’s Eric Fehr had the winning goal in overtime and two assists as he led Washington to victory; Landon Noel had another shutout as Swan Valley beat Waywayseecappo in the final game of the regular season in the MJHL and the MMJHL playoffs started last night in a busy evening in Winnipeg.
Let’s start with the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers National Hockey League game from last night…
The Winnipeg Jets just don’t like playing in Sunrise, Fla. Too bad they have to go back on Friday night. Last night at BB&T Centre in Sunrise, Jonathan Huberdeau scored on a penalty shot and Shawn Matthias might have scored the prettiest goal in Panthers history – a goal you’ll be watching on the highlight reels for the rest of the year – as the Jets were whipped 4-1 by the Florida Panthers. Kyle Wellwood’s first of the year was the Jets only goal. Ondrej Pavelec didn’t have a great night, allowing four goals on just 20 shots. It was the 10-11-1 Jets second straight loss and leaves Winnipeg in 11th place in the Eastern Conference.
The Jets will play again tomorrow night in Tampa against the Lightning, 6:30 on TSN Jets TV. NCI will be there live.
There were 10 other games in the NHL last night:
Chicago 5 Minnesota 3
Brian Bickell scored twice as the Hawks won their franchise-record 10th straight game and improved to 20-0-3 on the season. Winnipeg’s Jonathan Toews had two assists for the Hawks.
Carolina 4 Buffalo 3
Alexender Semin had a goal and two assists while Eric Staal had three assists to left Carolina six points ahead of the Jets in the Southeast Division.
Tampa Bay 5 New Jersey 2
Nate Thompson led the Lightning with two goals and an assist. Travis Zajac picked up his third assist of the year for New Jersey.
NY Islanders 6 Montreal 3
John Tavares led the Islanders with a goal and an assist. St. Malo’s Travis Hamonic played 24 minutes on defense and was a plus-one.
Washington 4 Boston 3 (OT)
Boston blew a 3-0 lead. Winkler’s Eric Fehr scored the winner in overtime. Fehr finished with a goal and two assists and was the game’s first star.
Detroit 2 Colorado 1
Jimmy Howard stopped 36 shots to get the win.
Columbus 4 Edmonton 3 (SO)
Artem Anisimov scored the winner in the shootout. Vinny Prospal led the Jackets with a goal and an assist.
NY Rangers 4 Philadelphia 2
Rick Nash had two goals and Ryan Callahan had two goals and an assist to lead the Rangers.
San Jose 3 Vancouver 2 (SO)
Joe Pavelski scored the shootout winner.
Los Angeles 6 St. Louis 4
The Blues blew a 4-1 lead as the Kings scored four unanswered in the third period. Jake Muzzin led the Kings with two goals and an assist. Winkler’s Dustin Penner picked up another assist.
There was one game in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League last night, the final game of the regular season: Max Flanagan had two goals and an assist and Landon Noel made 20 saves to get the shuout as Swan Valley beat Waywayseecappo 4-0 at Wayway in the final game of the regular season.
The best-of-seven quarterfinals start tomorrow night: In the Sher-Wood, Wayway opens at Dauphin on Thursday night and Swan Valley opens at OCN on Friday night. In the Addison Division Portage opens in Steinbach and Winkler opens against the Blues, both series begin on Thursday night.
BRANDON WHEAT KINGS
The 22-38-4-3 Brandon What Kings will play again on Friday night against the Edmonton Oil Kings, 7:30 at Westman Place in Brandon.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET LEAGUE
There were no games in the Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League playoffs last night but two tonight as the semifinals open with Pembina Valley at the Winnipeg Wild; and the Winnipeg Thrashers at Brandon.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were four games in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League last night, the opening games of the playoffs: Dillon Smith had two goals and an assist as Charleswood beat St. Vital 5-2; Garrett Shymko scored twice as River East dumped the Twins 6-2; Rob Lazo scored the overtime winner as the Raiders edged St. Boniface 4-3; and Austin Hill scored twice as St. James went on the road and upset Pembina Valley 4-2. No games tonight but two tomorrow: Charleswood is at St. Vital while Pembina Valley is at St. James.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
And there were no games in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League semifinals last night and no games again until Friday when both series return to action. Peguis leads St. Malo 1-0 while Arborg and Selkirk are all even at 1-1.