That sound you heard coming from the Winnipeg Jets dressing room was the biggest sigh of relief known to mankind. OK maybe not the biggest but still after 3 straight losses and winning only 1 out of 6 games in January, the Jets finally got the monkey off their backs.
The Jets played a perfect road game, blanking the Ottawa Senators 2-0 at the Scotiabank centre in the middle of nowhere. (Technically Kanata but really it would be like the Jets playing home games in Elie. Makes no sense I know) Chris Mason earned his second shutout of the season with a solid 25 save performance with 14 of those saves coming in the third period.
The Jets set the tone of the game early on as Jim Slater tipped home a Chris Thorburn pass just 49 seconds after the opening faceoff. From then on the Jets played some airtight defence, not letting the Sens any odd-man rushes or skating room in the neutral zone.
Toby Enstrom fired home his second goal of the season 6 minutes into the second finishing the scoring in this one. The undermanned Jets, who were without their top 2 defencemen, Zach Bogosian and Dustin Byfuglien and their leading point getter Blake Wheeler, continued to keep playing a very simple game. Get the puck out of the zone and play your position. It wasn’t pretty to watch but for a team that has been ailing on the road, it was the perfect tonic.
The Senators did try to spark things up when Chris Neil went after Evander Kane and Matt Carkner dropped the gloves with Mark Stuart. But neither one of those confrontations woke up the sleepy Senators. (Just like Senators on Parliament Hill. They’re always sleepy too)
The Jets leave the Nation’s Capital immediately after the game to catch their charter for a game tomorrow night in New Jersey.
Three Stars: 1. Chris Mason. 2. Toby Enstrom. 3. Chris Thorburn
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