Well it wasn’t easy. And yes I lost a few years of my life. But still after losing the first 3 games of the season, the Winnipeg Jets finally won their first game, a thrilling 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The sold out crowd at the MTS Centre went crazy when the final horn sounded. It was electric and I was very fortunate to be in attendance. My ears are still ringing as I’m writing this.
Early on, I had a feeling this was going to be the Jets night. Just 8 seconds into the game Kyle Wellwood finished off a 3 on 2 rush by banging home his second of the season. The Jets had gotten off to slow starts in two of the first three games so an early goal was much-needed. Tanner Glass scored his first goal of the season late in the first firing home a slap shot from the slot.
Pittsburgh answered back in the second as Zbynek Michalek hammered home a point shot past a screened Ondrej Pavelec. It looked like Matt Cooke interfered Pavelec on the play but upon further review, Cooke was pushed by defenceman Johnny Oduya.
The third period was very tense as both teams had great scoring chances but both Pavelec and Marc-Andre Fleury were spectacular in net. Pavelec in particular was superb all night making 27 saves, many of them of the brilliant variety.
It was a chippy affair as well as Kris Letang levelled Alexander Burmistrov from behind picking up a boarding penalty. As well Chris Thorburn got his stick up on Chris Kunitz which sparked a mini line brawl.
By no means the Jets were perfect. The power play still hasn’t clicked yet and that will be something coach Claude Noel will have to work on in practice. Faceoffs are another concern as the Jets won only 48% of the draws with most of those faceoff wins happening in the first period. While this was an improvement there still needs to be work done in the faceoff circle.
But overall I’m very happy the Jets got their first win. The pressure is off and hopefully the team can now concentrate on getting better every game. GO JETS GO!!
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