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Winnipeg Jets in Europe - October 2, 2012

3 games in 3 leagues on this fine Tuesday, and in one of those leagues 3 Jets played. If only today was the 3rd instead of the 2nd.

Oh well...

  • The big game of the day involving 3 players came to us from Belarus, where Evander Kane made his Dinamo Minsk debut as he and teammate Tim Stapleton faced off against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Mark Flood's team.
    The game featured two decent goalies in Pekka Rinne for Minsk and Semyon Varlamov for Yaroslavl, but both goalies would give up early goals as just 7:21 into the game it was 2-1 for Lokomotiv and that's actually the way the scoring would stay for the duration of the game.
    Kane would get himself in a minor kerfuffle in the second, as he and Yury Petrov would get matching roughing penalties. His other stats are currently unofficial, but it seems he registered second line minutes and 6 shots on net.
    Stapleton played exactly 17 minutes and managed one shot.
    Flood had a -1 rating to go with one shoot in 19:21 of ice time.
  • Over in Germany, Brett Festerling and his Nürnberg Ice Tigers squad thumped Düsseldorf by a 6-2 margin. Despite the offensive explosion, and 3 shots on net for Uncle Fester, he still remains without a point on the season. I would almost be concerned for this if not for...
  • Ondrej Pavelec. Ondrej Pavelec is starting to make me question what Vesa Toskala is up to, if Andrew Raycroft still plays, and if Dan Cloutier might give up his goaltending consulting position with the Canucks.
    MAYDAY MAYDAY...this Jet is going down. I could talk about alarm bells, but wow the lifeboats are already gone. In case you're wondering what I'm getting at, Pavs gave up his 5th loss of the season, a 6-4 loss. Luckily(?) the coaches of Liberec saw fit to yank Pavs from the game after he allowed his f
    ourth goal of the game on the 14th shot he faced with 5:53 gone in the second period. At that point it was 4-0 for HC Slavia Praha.
    This is bad. There's no other way to describe it. This is not the type of play you expect from a starting goaltender in the NHL playing in the Czech Extraliga. Wade Flaherty needs to jump on a plane and go visit this guy, because the wheels on the bus are falling off, off, off.