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New York Rangers v Winnipeg Jets

Jets zoom by Canucks for important win


For all the understandable comments that have been made about teams wanting to avoid the Los Angeles Kings in the playoffs, the Winnipeg Jets showed why they’re a different kind of threat if they can get it done.

Winnipeg flat-out overwhelmed the Vancouver Canucks at times (at least until they stepped off the gas a bit) on Saturday, eventually winning a 5-4 thriller. With this win, the Jets knock the Kings out of the West’s second wild card spot … although Los Angeles and Calgary could bump Winnipeg right back out depending upon how tonight’s games go.

A different kind of danger

Where the defending champions can smother opponents with their boa constrictor defense, the Jets show that they can create a track-meet atmosphere, particularly in front of boisterous home crowds.

Lee Stempniak and Mathieu Perreault were the offensive heroes for Winnipeg, at least this time around. Stempniak scored two goals, including the game-winner, while Perreault piled up three assists. There was also this goal exchange within eight seconds, to really cement the breathtaking pace of some Jets games:

Things were tense at times for the Jets – especially after Alex Burrows brought the margin to within one – but Winnipeg won its 40th game of the season on Saturday.

Challenging final week ahead

This was a big win in many ways, as this allows the Jets to salvage a four-game homestand with a 2-2-0 record. Their remaining schedule is pretty challenging, with their season-closer possibly having huge playoff implications:

Monday: at Minnesota
Tuesday: at St. Louis
Thursday: at Colorado
Next Saturday: vs. Calgary

Yep, Winnipeg really needed this one.

Video: Jets score twice in 50 seconds

Jim Slater and Michael Frolik scored 50-seconds apart to give the Winnipeg Jets an early 2-0 lead over the Vancouver Canucks.

Slater opened the scoring with his fifth of the season at 4:34 of the first period and Frolik added his 18th of the season at 5:24 as Winnipeg scored twice on four shots.

After Henrik and Daniel Sedin tied the game 2-2, Lee Stempniak netted his 13th to give the Jets a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes.

Goalie Nods: Halak looks to bump slump vs. Sabres

Detroit Red Wings v New York Islanders

Halak gets the nod for the Isles

Jaroslav Halak will look to get back on track against the lowly Buffalo Sabres Saturday night. Halak has lost two of three starts while allowing 10 goals on 101 shots. He gave up three goals on 39 shots in the Islanders 4-3 shootout loss to Columbus on Thursday. New York has lost four of five, but can clinch a playoff berth with a regulation win tonight.

Andrey Makarov gets the start for Buffalo.


Penguins at Blue Jackets: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Canucks at Jets: Eddie Lack vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Red Wings at Wild: Jimmy Howard vs. Devan Dubnyk

Devils at Rangers: Cory Schneider vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Lightning at Panthers: Ben Bishop vs. Roberto Luongo

Capitals at Senators: Braden Holtby vs. Andrew Hammond

Leafs at Bruins: James Reimer vs. Tuukka Rask

Stars at Predators: Jhonas Enroth vs. Pekka Rinne

Sharks at Coyotes: Antti Niemi (unconfirmed) vs. Mike Smith

Flames at Oilers: Karri Ramo vs. Ben Scrivens

Avalanche at Kings: Semyon Varlamov vs. Jonathan Quick