1 down, 15 to go!! Jets win a thriller 3-2, city of Winnipeg shines!!! by Chuck Duboff

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  • The anticipation for this game was electric…downtown Winnipeg was alive and showed Canada that this little prairie town can party like anybody!!
  • Adam Lowry was just outstanding last night; throwing crushing hits along the boards and then winning key faceoffs in the last two minutes of the game!!


  • How about the unheralded Joe Morrow scoring the game winner with just 7 minutes left; you feel great for the former first rounder who has bounced around a lot in his career!!
  • The Lowry, Tanev, Copp line is a force and is as valuable to the Jets as is Scheif’s big line.  The forechecking and cycling that they do hems the opposition in their own zone and creates energy for the whole team.
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  • How many teams have a Jack Roslovic sitting in the press box?  If Matty Perrault is seriously hurt, it’s Jack who will take his spot and create even more scoring punch for the Jets.
  • The Jets power play…with Stastny winning faceoffs, Wheels on the boards, Buff quarterbacking at the point, Scheif in the slot and Laine in his office…how are teams supposed to defend that?  Pick your poison…if you try and take Laine out of the play, you leave Scheif open in the slot…and boom!!!!!  1-0 Jets!!
  • Speaking of Laine, you can just see it in his eyes…the kid just thrives on the big stage; he’s been a star at every level he’s played and you just knew he was going to come through last night.   What a shot…what a franchise changing moment that was, getting him in the draft!!Laine goal
  • What can you say about Conner Hellebucyk that hasn’t been said already?  He plays a quiet, steady game, never seeming to get flustered.  With the sound defensive play of the Jets, Bucky just needs to make the first save and the puck is out of our zone.
  • Just as Geoff and I were questioning Stastny’s play, he woke up in the third, made a great pass to Laine on his goal, set up behind the net and controlled the puck and had some key faceoff wins.
  • Getting that playoff monkey off their backs was huge for the Jets, for the franchise, for the fans.  Now, with that confidence that they can win a game, it’s time for the Jets to play their A game and just roll over Minny!!
  • Congrats to the city of Winnipeg, Tourism Manitoba and Economic Development Winnipeg for organizing last night’s street party…it showed Winnipeg at its best…to Canada and all over the hockey world.


  • I had a tradition which I did for the WHA Jets who were in the playoffs every spring and were seemingly winning the Avco Cup every year.  First win…that’s one, fifteen to go; two down, fourteen to go.   So, I brought that out of the closet, shook off the mothballs…and…THAT’S ONE DOWN AND 15 TO GO!!!
  • So, what were you doing at 19 years old? In the afternoon playing video games and then in the evening scoring a huge goal in the NHL playoffs!!  You rock Patty!!


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