Jack Johnson (3) skates away as Evander Kane (9) and Blake Wheeler (26) celebrate their OT winner. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
There is an old hockey adage which maintains that one of the strongest yardsticks of a team’s performance and potential lies in how they compete in back-to-back games. Tonight marked the second time in eight days and the sixth time this season in which the Kings have found themselves in such a circumstance. They had previously gained a knack for coming up just a tad short in the second game, and that trend continued tonight in Winnipeg.
The Kings failed to score in the allotted sixty ...
For the second game in a row the Islanders took their opponent to a shootout. This time, it was the Winnipeg Jets.
The Islanders got off to a quick start when PA Parenteau put them on the board, but it would be a back and forth battle as the Jets' Nik Antropov would deflect a shot from the point to tie it up at 1.
Onto the second period, Michael Grabner tapped in the rebound of a Travis Hamonic shot to give him his 10th goal of the season and the Islanders the lead once again. But, the Jets would tally right back when Andrew Ladd slaps one past Al Montoya to tie the game at two.
Shane Doan made his first appearance in a regular season NHL game in Winnipeg since the Jets played their final game in 1996. Although his team was booed relentlessly throughout the game, the 1st round pick of the Winnipeg Jets of '96 was given a standing ovation during the 1st period. It wasn't enough however, as the Jets (2.0) held on for a 1-0 win over the Coyotes.
The crowd was easily the 6th man on the ice in the early stages of the first period. For the first time in recent memory, the entire opposing team was booed whenever they touched the puck, and the negative engery seemed to effect the Coyotes when handling the puck in their own zone.
The Jets: New Edition host the former version of themselves tonight, in the second and final meeting between the two but one that is sure to be more raucous than usual at the MTS Centre, where Shane Doan will return for the first time since a pre-season game against Calgary in 2008 (but before that, 1996). The game will get underway at 8:30 p.m. EST as the Coyotes will look to continue their recent play that saw them rebound from an awful showing against the Canucks in a 5-0 loss to beat Dallas 3-0 and Chicago 4-1. Had it not been for Patrick Sharp's late goal in the third period, Mike Smith would have earned two straight shutouts.
The bad news: The Islanders head into Thursday night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets having lost 5 straight games. The good news: The Islanders recorded a point in each of their last two games, falling in a shootout to the Penguins, and in overtime (amid a controversial call) to the Sharks on Saturday.
Head Coach Jack Capuano has had since Saturday night’s game to focus on getting his team back to playing 60 minutes of winning hockey. The Islanders controlled much of the play in their past two games, but fell to a red-hot Marc Andre Fleury and were victims of a referee’s error which resulted in the Sharks’ game-winning goal in overtime.&nbs...
Game DayMontreal Canadiens Vs. Winnipeg JetsMTS Centre
Ever since the National Hockey League announced the return of the Winnipeg Jets, all anyone who is a hockey fan has been waiting for is opening day. If the return of Jets wasn’t enough, the league decided to bring in the most storied franchise as their first opponent: the Montreal Canadiens. The summer of logo and sweater unveilings, new coach hirings and player signings is over and now real life in Winnipeg begins. The hype is over and now it’s time to drop the puck.
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