The NHL has been around for over 101 years. A lot has changed over the years! Back in 1917, when the NHL started, there were only four teams in the league. It wasn't very popular, and they were all Canadian teams. Oddly enough, one team has survived from that inaugural season: the Montreal Canadiens.
After submitting the story from the previous game, somehow or other, the 3 game point scoring streak of Nikolaj Ehlers was accidentally left out of the story’s game end notes. Apologies to Mr. Ehlers for that blunder. He, along with Patrik Laine, are both on three game point scoring streaks while Andrew Copp and Adam Lowry are each on two game point scoring streaks coming into Saturday afternoon's action. But that does beg the question, when would the Jets start getting a positive team streak to put on the chalkboard along with these amazing streaks?
October 18th saw the Jets come head to head with a red-hot team in the form of the Vancouver Canucks, who had won their previous three games. However, the Jets were having none of that, especially after their experiences two nights earlier against the one-man wrecking crew called the Edmonton (Connor McDavid) Oilers, having lost the game in the last 23 minutes played, including the overtime. Also, the Jets welcomed back veteran defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to the fold, after recovering from an upper body injury. Thanks to what they learned in the previous home game, the Winnipeg Jets came out with a resounding 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
In spite of having one of the strongest opening periods seen in Bell MTS Place by the Winnipeg Jets in a while, a sudden flurry of goals from the Edmonton Oilers in the third period squelched the home team’s hope of a victory Tuesday night. The game ended with a 5-4 overtime win for the visiting Edmonton Oilers, led by their captain Connor McDavid.
It’s probably the question I think most about when I am around my teams. I fully believe it has its positives and negatives. Being the youngest coach not only in the Webster organization but even in the last three years of league play, sets me apart from the other coaches. I haven’t met a coach that doesn’t have a child on the team—easily putting them in the 30+ age bracket (sorry guys). I love being the young one out there, I can step on the ice during any clinic or our try hockey for free events and immediately connect with the kids much easier than any of the other coaches on the ice. Not saying it’s because I am a better coach, I’m saying it’s because of the age difference.
Is it possible that the Winnipeg Jets may be able to smash some conventions with the 2019 NHL awards and have two players up as nominees for the same award?
After having gone hard at it during playoffs in April and May of this year, with the Winnipeg Jets coming out victorious over the Nashville Predators in an intense seven game series during the 2018 NHL playoffs, their first meeting would begin at a boiling point. Revenge was in the hearts of the Nashville Predators, who came out with a 3-0 win on the scoreboard over the visiting Jets. However, in terms of other statistics, the Jets came out on top in all counts over the Predators, locking them out during all nine power plays they had throughout the game.
Did you know that goalies used to come face to face with hockey pucks without any face masks or helmets? In fact, protective headgear was not mandatory in the NHL until the 70s, resulting in several of the best hockey goalies of all time never having to wear any protection.
In most hockey games, when a player intercepts a pass from the opposing team, creates a beautiful chance for himself, gives a puckhandling display nothing short of artistry, dodges through the opposition’s players with graceful speed and beats the goaltender, his brilliance and hard work are rewarded with a goal. Unfortunately for the Jets, thanks to a rather overdramatic fall by Stars’ goaltender Ben Bishop (which was very reminiscent of elementary school playground antics), Brandon Tanev’s goal scored on the spinning forehand shot at 5:05 of the first period was disallowed, which set the tone for the remainder of the night for the visiting Winnipeg Jets. Oddly enough, on the official play-by-play as listed on the NHL.com website, the play was listed as a backhanded shot by Tanev, saved by Bishop.
With the return of former Atlanta Thrasher Ilya Kovalchuk to the NHL, a lot of hype was surrounding the game days ahead of time, somewhat overshadowing the overall excitement of NHL hockey action returning to Bell MTS Place in downtown Winnipeg. This was due to two factors. The first was that many of the original Jets, who were with Atlanta before they made the move to Winnipeg, had played with Kovalchuk. Also, because Kovalchuk had played the last five years overseas in the KHL, people were wondering how his NHL comeback would be against the Jets. The curiosity was certainly there before the game. However, the hometown Jets did hang on for the win, coming away with a 2-1 victory in front of a very spirited hometown crowd.
As I write this, there are still two of my stories in the hopper from the previous two games the Winnipeg Jets have played awaiting approval from the moderators. As I am sure they will be posted shortly, the fans whom I have spoken with about my dedication to the coverage I am giving this season to the Jets have been asking me when the heck the stories will be made public.
I did have a couple of younger people who were very curious about my camera when I was shooting at the Winnipeg Jets Fan Fest on September 15. I did try and do some handheld video shooting while I was there. Not the greatest footage I have ever taken in my life, which leads me to believe that if I ever get the opportunity to shoot anything at one of the practices in the future, I should make SURE I have my tripod with me! In any case, before the one child started getting overly personal with my camera and madly poking the zoom lens while I was trying to take photos, this was the bit of footage I did get.