The Winnipeg Jets are ending a 8 day road trip that saw them play in Phoenix (L), San Jose (W), Anaheim (L), and Nashville (W). The final contest on this road trip is against the Dallas Stars, a team stacked with talent and sits atop the standings. Earlier today, in promoting the Jets/ Stars game and Arctic Ice Hockey, along with all things Canadian apparently, I was on the air with the 105.3 The Fan KRLD-FM East Texas Sports Boys "characters" You know anything goes when the producer tells you 10 seconds to recording time to "just go with it". Sure, ok, I think!
I'll be on the air with 105.3 The Fan KRLD-FM in Dallas/ Fort Worth, previewing tonight's matchup between the Jets/ Stars matchup.— Andy Rolfe (@paddybearxyz) January 7, 2016
@1053thefan anytime you want to come to WPG for a Crown & Coke, the Stars are are playing here Feb 2nd. U owe me a drink or 2! :)— Andy Rolfe (@paddybearxyz) January 8, 2016
A few thoughts of tonight's game...
In the opening 20 minutes, it was quite refreshing for the Jets not to take a penalty. Nadda. Zilch. Zip. In fact, the only penalty was taken by the Spezza with about 30 seconds left in the frame. Good back and forth action, with plenty of speed and skating. Some miscommunication with the Scheifele, Ehlers and Perreault line, as there was about 3 times by my count that something was bobbled, and one missed assignment led to a goal by Tyler Sequin. The Armia, Copp, and Thorburn line had the best opportunity for a goal in the period, as some great fore checking by Andrew Copp led to a few chances for his line mates.
No sooner was I done writing about the first period, then the second period starts, and what do you know, a Jets hooking penalty by Bryan Little. After killing off the penalty, the Jets respond with a goal by Mattieu Perreault, with the assist going to Ehlers and Myers. A tripping penalty on Burmistrov by the Stars' Roussel taking the Jets back to the PP. Andrew Ladd looked to have the wind knocked out of his sails by a big hit, but remained in the game. The Wheeler, Stafford and Little line has no quit. As the end of the second period comes about, the Jets are leading in shots and hits, but remain tied with the Stars 1-1.
As the 3rd period begins, both teams trade shots. The best opportunity came from Ehlers, who couldn't finish the pass on a 2 on 1. Drew Stafford takes a high sticking penalty, and Dallas goes back on the power play. The Jets kill off the penalty, allowing no shots, due to the hard work from Adam Lowry. Then things get interesting. Mark Stuart takes an awkward hit from the Stars' Redek Faska, resulting in a boarding penalty. But no power play as Ben Chariot is called for roughing, resulting in 4 on 4. Connor Hellebuyck suddenly had to work hard to keep his team in it, as the Stars picked up the pace in opportunities and shots. Joel Armia with some fine defensive play. Nikolaj Ehlers had the game on his stick with 30 seconds left, by the Stars' Lehtonen made the glove hand save. The Jets are off to overtime with Dallas, and pick up 5 points out of a possible 10.
Alrighty, Buff's favorite! 3 on 3 hockey! Good opportunity by Tyler Myers. Patrick Sharp takes a tripping penalty 1:30 into overtime, reverting to a 4 on 3 power play for the Jets. Stars kill the penalty, and Perreault has a good chance, but no dice. Scheifele with a bad fall into the boards, and looks to be in some pain. Off to the skills competition, and Seguin and Sharp score on the shootout, while Ladd scores for the Jets. To finish the game, Little pings one off the iron, and that's it folks. Dallas wins 2-1.
See you on Sunday for the Kane Tracksuit Extravaganza! Cheers!