The Winnipeg Jets have been making a habit of playing a lot of tight games lately and now they are starting to find ways to come back and win some of them to the delight of their fans.
Last time we reported on the Jets, they had lost to the defending Stanley Cup champions and were mired in a three game losing skid. It didn’t seem like things would get easier as the Jets would have to play the red-hot Detroit Red Wings. Winnipeg would beat Detroit 4-2 using two third period goals by Matt Halischuk and Andrew Ladd to end Detroit’s streak and put an end to their own skid.
The Chicago Blackhawks would entertain the Jets in the “Windy City” and would have their way once again winning 4-1. Winnipegger Jonathan Toews scored but the game will be remembered when Adam Pardy was hit into the glass which came off. As he held it in place, a fan snagged Pardy’s helmet and was doused with a beer.
Things started to turn around for the Jets when they hosted the Nashville Predators. Four first period goals were more than enough as Ondrej Pavelec shut out the Preds 5-0. Bryan Little who has started to heat up scored twice in the win.
If you like exciting, edge of your seat action, the Jets have provided a handful of it lately. Winnipeg would rally in the third period against the San Jose Sharks with Ladd scoring a late goal to tie it up and the winner in a shootout for a 5-4 win. Two days later, they would take on the Red Wings and once again, the Jets captain scored the winner for a 3-2 shootout victory. The Philadelphia Flyers suffered the same faith as Dustin Byfuglien provided the offensive fireworks scoring twice on the power play and the Jets would cap off the rally as Bryan Little scored the decisive goal for a 3-2 shootout win.
Winnipeg would have their four game winning streak end as they played a tightly contested affair against the division rival Minnesota Wild. Wild captain Mikko Koivu scored twice to lead his team to a 2-1 win. The following night, the Jets hosted the Calgary Flames and this time they were on the wrong end of a shootout falling 5-4. Winnipeg managed to steal a point as Bryan Little tied it with only 5.6 seconds left in the game.
The Winnipeg Jets now own a record of 10-10-3 and will play the next two games at the MTS Centre before embarking on a six game road trip.