For the first time in roughly a month, the Winnipeg Jets took to their home ice to host an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes, one in which they would win 3-2 in a shootout.
I would love to tell you that I sat on my hands for the past three hours with bated breath anticipating each and every shot, hit and save. But I didn't.
Truth be told I really, really miss Olympic hockey. Gone are the days of superstars, all-stars and award winners garnering fourth line minutes, replaced with your typical run of the mill fourth liners. The do-or-die feeling you got with every game was replaced with a "meh, if they lose they have another twenty games to make it up".
It all felt blasé.
What ended up unfolding was an absolute slugfest as the Jets and Coyotes waged war on each other for sixty-five minutes without deciding a winner. They then went to a shootout.
I spent most of this time researching the origins of when exactly Adam Pardy became a vampire, so I'm probably not the best guy to write a recap.
But I can tell you that Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little and Martin Hanzal traded goals in a game that really didn't favour one side over the other. I can also confirm that Adam Pardy is in fact a vampire. And Ondrej Pavelec had himself a pretty decent game. So all those things are pretty good, I guess.
Olli Jokinen was the difference in the shootout, earning Winnipeg a full two points to Phoenix's one. The Jets now teeter on a wild card spot which would qualify them for the playoffs. So there's that too.
The Jets next hit the ice Saturday when they visit the Nashville Predators in another game they need to win.
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