Jets Snapshots: Burmistrov at centre of it all from wing

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:08 AM ET

WINNIPEG - There are fast starts, and then there is the kind of urgent beginning that the Jets had on Monday night.

Facing a four-game losing streak and not wanting to have the fans love them just a little bit less, the re-jigged line of Nik Antropov, Alex Burmistrov and Kyle Wellwood, who buried the biscuit, needed all of eight seconds to score the first goal against the Penguins.

It tied the fastest goal in franchise history, set in 2003 by Atlanta’s Ronald Petrovicky, also against the Pens.

It was, however, the fastest goal at home in franchise history. Jeff Odgers, last seen playing in the Triangle Hockey League for the Rocanville (Sask.) Tigers, scored 17 seconds into a game in 2000 against Philadelphia.

Burmistrov and Antropov switched places on the line Monday night, with Antropov moving to centre and Burmistrov going to the wing for the first time as a pro. Burmistrov didn’t seem overly worried about making the switch earlier in the day, saying head coach Claude Noel would do what he had to do.

“If we win the game, that works for us. We’ll see how it goes,” Burmistrov said on Monday morning. “Sometimes you gotta change something.”

Noel probably felt comfortable making the switch because Burmistrov has been Winnipeg’s best forward through four games.

Hey, it worked.

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Derek Meech came oh so close to getting into his first game for the Jets. Well, sort of. He was on the roster that was distributed to the media right before the faceoff. The piece of paper said Mark Stuart was out, when in fact he was on the ice for the second shift. It apppears the off-ice staff is having as rough a start to the season as the team … Colleague Ken Wiebe, who tweeted the news that Meech was in, said the defenceman’s dad follows him on Twitter and was going to be very disappointed that his son wasn’t actually in the lineup. Hope that doesn’t get him an unfollow … More off-ice trouble: It was announced Ron Hainsey scored the opening goal, even though he was back on the blue-line when it went in … The office called and said Shaw’s Jets TV feed is out. Instead of relying on TV, fans should have just bought tickets. Just kidding, people. That was a low blow, and I apologize. It finally came on late in the first … Zach Bogosian has a rocket. He should shoot every chance he gets.

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Concussions are a problem in the NHL these days, which might explain why there were about a million signs in and around the Penguins dressing room at MTS Centre saying that it was, in fact, the Penguins dressing room. There was more signage in the Penguins dressing room than there is in the Jets home base. I’m not kidding … The Penguins got their first shot on goal with 8:27 left in the first period … Pittsburgh inserted Steve MacIntyre into the lineup because Tyler Kennedy is dealing with a concussion. Did you know? MacIntyre helped the OCN Blizzard win their third straight MJHL Turnbull Trophy in 2001? MacIntyre spent the previous three seasons in the WHL … The first fight of Winnipeg’s season featured Chris Thorburn against Deryk Engelland, who earned a split-decision victory. For the record, that’s an odd way to spell Deryk … Winnipeg’s forecheck was impressive all game long, generating plenty of good scoring chances … Dustin Byfuglien showed no urgency in his own end, giving up the puck and letting the Penguins get a scoring chance … The game would have been much different if the Penguins had a couple bounces go their way in the first period. James Neal clanged one off the post and Chris Kunitz missed a wide-open net … Burmistrov continued his strong play when he outmuscled Kris Letang and set up Tanner Glass with a pass back towards the point. Glass then wired it past a screened Marc-Andre Fleury … The first boos of the night were for Todd, who hears it from the fans when he fails to hit any of the four corner targets during the first intermission contest … Bogosian doesn’t just have a blistering slap shot, but he has wheels, too. He went coast to coast early in the third and then rattled a wrist shot off the post, so the fans started chanting Fleury’s name a little more … Meanwhile, at the other end, Pavelec showed tremendous patience and stoned Steve Sullivan in tight. Is it just me, or was every Pitttsburgh shot a glorious scoring chance? … The fourth line of Jim Slater, Thorburn and Glass has probably been Winnipeg’s best trio through four games … More boos, this time for the dude who thought The Clash sang Come on Eileen.

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Mark Stuart was attracting plenty of pucks on Monday night. First he blocked a blast from the point with his foot in the second period. Then he stopped a wrist shot with his head in the third … It’s not looking good for Mark Scheifele, who didn’t see much action in the third period. Dale Hawerchuk was at MTS Centre once again. Wonder if he was there on Monday to take the youngster back to Barrie? … Letang looked angry and surprised when he got a boarding penalty for hammering Burmistrov from behind. He shouldn’t have been … Johnny Oduya gave the puck away and handed the Penguins a scoring chance late in the third. He really needs to stop doing that … Stuart said something to Kunitz as the latter went to the penalty box after cross-checking Glass. It wasn’t a belated “Happy Thanksgiving.” … The 50-50 was only worth $43,000 on Monday night. The good news is the lucky winner will be able to buy another year of season tickets at the P7 level … Burmistrov had a chance to seal the deal on a short-handed breakaway with 2:15 to go, but Fleury made a sprawling save … It didn’t come back to haunt the Jets, who ended their 15-year winless streak and got a deafening ovation from the hometown crowd. Pavelec, whose highlight of the night was his back-to-back saves on Richard Park and Pascal Dupuis in the second period, was named the first star. We don’t disagree.


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