Saturday, January 26, 2013

Winnipeg Jets Take Flight

Article by The Comish - Winnipeg Correspondent Sportmentary Online Sports Talk
The weather in Winnipeg may have been fit for Penguins but the MTS Centre was not as the home town Jets took flight last night overcoming a 2-0 deficit to score four unanswered goals and leaving fans with more questions than answers. The Jets have now won two in a row but not against just your average run of the mill teams. They have beaten teams with two of the NHL's premiere players but where does this leave the Jets in the NHL pecking order?

Coach Noel would want you to believe that it is just a couple games and nothing has been accomplished. This may be true but the signs are pointing in the right direction for this team and the stars may be aligning in the shortened season for a team like the Jets to make some noise.

The fuel that is helping the Jets take flight early in this season and history has shown in shortened season the early bird catches the worm are three players who are coming of age; Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane and Ondrej Pavelic. All three have sprinted out of the gates and are firing on all cylinders. Byfuglien has been all over the ice and a physical force. Kane is passing the puck, scoring and even blocked a shot late in the third period of last night's game. He has put together three solid games and if he continues this pace he will be worth every penny of his 31 million dollar contract.

As for Mr. Pavelic, he is the backbone of this team. He just goes out and plays and his play has been very steady. It is easy to over analyze goals he lets in but more attention must be paid to the saves he is making. He kept the Jets in last night's contest and frustrated the Penguins who were left scratching their collective flippers.

Honorable mentions last night must go out to Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd for teaming up on the eventual game winning goal. Little did the nifty work showing tremendous skill to get around three defenders before finding Ladd who found the right spot on the ice and looked like Steve Stamkos as he fired home his second goal of the season. Mr. Antropov also proved he can be an asset using his big frame to screen Mr. Nabakov on Dustin Byfugliens howitzer from the point.

The Jets can take a day to celebrate this one but they are right back at it on Sunday night against the upstart New York Islanders who cannot be taken lightly. The Islanders already have two wins and they did beat the Jets at the MTS Centre last year. The Jets appear to be on their way to a solid season but they could easily encounter severe turbulence if they let the early success get to their heads.

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