WINNIPEG, CANADA - MARCH 5: Jim Slater #19 of the Winnipeg Jets congratulates teammate Chris Thorburn #22 for his goal against the Buffalo Sabres in NHL action at the MTS Centre on March 5, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
Hey all! Here is our feature running Monday through Friday that will bring you up to date on what's going on in the media pertaining to the Winnipeg Jets.
Here is what's in the news for Tuesday, March 6, 2012:
Recapping last night's win over the Buffalo Sabres: "The Winnipeg Jets were stunned momentarily with a goal against late in the second period but lit up the afterburners for the only two goals of the third to shoot down the Sabres 3-1 before 15,004 gleeful customers. The punctation mark on their eight-game homestand brought this MTS Centre run to 5-1-2 and pushed the Jets to 32-27-8, good for 72 points and the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, now four ahead of the Sabres." [WFP]
Our SB Nation pals at Die By The Blade offer more from a Sabres perspective: "The story of the game for the Sabres was the consistent amount of giveaways. The Sabres committed 15 giveaways compared to the Jets' eight. Twelve different players had at least one giveaway and Brad Boyes and Patrick Kaleta led the team with two each. Ryan Miller made 28 saves on 31 shots while Ondrej Pavelec made 23 saves on 24 shots for the winning effort." [DBTB]
Now to the issue at hand: Winnipeg's latest dominant home-stand will mean little if they can't find a way to win on the road or in back-to-backs. [Winnipeg Sun]
Your updated Eastern and Western playoff races. [NHL.com]
A nice story about Winnipeg Jets Assistant GM Craig Heisinger's accomplishments away from the rink. [WFP]BREAKING: The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed star forward Mikhail Grabovski for the next five years at 5.5MM per (27.5MM total). [Toronto Star]
In which Evander Kanes star quality is discussed. [Yahoo! Sports]
Cody Hodgson on last night's return to Winnipeg. Hodgson had played professional hockey here with the Manitoba Moose back in 2008-09 and again in 2010-11: "It's great. I always enjoyed Winnipeg and was really happy to see them get an NHL team back here. Seeing the rink brings back good memories and going to the (Calder Cup) final was a good experience."
Winnipeg Jets prospect Vinny Saponari scored an overtime goal Saturday night to lift Northeastern past Boston University in a major upset: "Saponari, who was dismissed from BU his sophomore year after missing a punishment bike ride for a drinking incident, scored the game-winner on senior goaltender Grant Rollheiser and then partied like a puckstar in front of the BU fans who traveled to Matthews for the game." [Daily Free Press]
More on You Can Play: Tanner Glass of the Winnipeg Jets has joined the campaign founded by Patrick and Brian Burke to eradicate homophobia from hockey. The project is in memory of Brendan Burke who tragically passed away in 2010. [Winnpeg Sun]
Finally, Ellen Etchingham with another brilliant article on what hockey is. [Backhand Shelf]