This wasn't pretty, but it was a win and that is all that matters these days. The Winnipeg Jets have been winning the Corsi battle and losing on the scoreboard of late. Tonight, the Dallas stars won the possession battle. The Jets won big, with a 4-2 final score. Dallas is now all but dead. Yay!
The Jets only took THREE! penalties and they allowed ZERO!! powerplay goals. Is this real life?
Holy smackers! Brian Little was dominant in the first period. He was all over the ice and creating a load of chances. He also scored the game's opening goal. Bryan Little is awesome.
That goal tho. That goal was a weird one. The puck was going well wide, but deflected back towards the net off of a Dallas defender. It was weird beyond that though. The defection itself also would have gone wide, but it hit the back of Jonas Enroth's blocker ant went in the net. Weird.
Adam Lowry also generated a lot tonight. He finished with a team high five shots on goal and scored himself a pretty goal. Lowry's offensive game has been growing as the season progresses. His ultimate ceiling remains a bit of an unknown, but he looks like a long term NHLer as is.
Also good... Well, not much else. After a solid first period, much of the game was filled with bed crapping - particularly on the back end. Adam Pardy and Jay Harrison were horrible, Stu was a mess and usual stalwart Tobias Enstrom was all over the place.
That said. Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers were solid and dang impressive at times. Go young Jets go!
Speaking of Myers, we ran an very unofficial servey on Twitter and people seem to like the kid so far. I have heard some suggestions that Tyler Myers was in fact the best to change teams in the Winnipeg Jets' and Buffalo Sabres' recent blockbuster. The early returns are great - if they prove sustainable - this deal will be a big win for Kevin Cheveldayoff.
Back to tonight! That Dustin Byfuglien goal was dang pretty.
Michael Hutchinson is also super duper pretty - pretty good that is. He was solid tonight. He tracked the puck well and made some really nice saves. That said, the Stars still hit three or four posts. Crazy! in the end, Hutch stopped 26 of 28 for a .929 save percentage.
Elsewhere, the Minnesota Wild traded a third round pick to the Florida Panthers for Sean Bergenheim. The Central Division is crazy and it keeps getting crazier.