Jets Snapshots: Rangers rob win

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:28 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets are a competitive team that likely deserved a better fate Monday night.

The New York Rangers played a perfect road game and stole a 2-1 victory from the Jets, getting a fortunate bounce for the winning goal and getting two points despite being badly outshot.

Winnipeg had the puck in New York’s zone for much of the third period, but couldn’t make their shots count, and as a result they are now 2-5-1 on the season, with the spectre of a gruelling seven-game road trip looming.

The Jets were outshooting the Rangers 8-1 in the third period when Ryan Callahan bounced a shot off Zach Bogosian’s skate for the winning goal. They outshot the Rangers 13-7 in the third, 28-17 overall and had far more quality scoring chances than the visitors.

If the Jets keep playing like that on the road, they’ll get their fair share of points.

It will sure help if some of the trigger men start hitting the mark a little more regularly.

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Kyle Wellwood has been excellent this season, which makes it a bit baffling that he started Monday night on the fourth line with Tim Stapleton and Kenndal McArdle ... The Jets are heading out on the road, where they have yet to record a win in four tries, for the next seven games. “If we’re going to be a playoff team, we’ve got to win on the road,” Jets coach Claude Noel said Monday. “Obviously that’s our focus now.” The Jets were competitive in Chicago and Toronto, weak in Phoenix and Ottawa. They will need to dig deep and get at least a few wins on this road trip, or else that playoff dream may end before it can get started ... Tanner Glass had one fight in the pre-season and one Monday night against Brandon Prust. Both were about a minute long. The guy’s a lot tougher than his last name indicates ... Despite the one bad break Monday, Bogosian has played well lately. He’s physical, has a big shot and has made some nice rushes. Most of all, he’s limiting the turnovers that plagued his game last season ... Eric Fehr will take the road trip with the Jets, but isn’t likely to be back in action in the next couple of weeks. The Winkler product says his shot is coming around despite the long rehab of his shoulder injuries ... Sometimes you just wish Dustin Byfuglien would think for a second before making plays. He’s often too quick to take the one-timer and makes dangerous passes in his own end.

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Another solid game by Alex Burmistrov, or as Bob Cole calls him “Burmeester.” Burmistov’s electrifying shorthanded rush in the second period didn’t result in a goal but provided a much-needed spark for the Jets ... Bryan Little had his best game as a Jet. If he keeps trying to be creative offensively, things are going to come around for him ... The Jets had only one power play in the game and that was shortened when Nik Antropov took a high sticking penalty ... It was impressive that the Rangers were able to withstand a two-minute onslaught from the Jets in the third period, when the puck never left their zone but they never gave up a goal or took a penalty. Then the Rangers got one chance at the other end, drew a penalty and scored on the power play. Game over.

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Add Noel to the list of Winnipeggers who have not been happy with Shaw’s delivery of NHL hockey coverage so far. Noel, obviously trying to keep things light in advance of a big game on Saturday, had this answer when asked if he was frustrated by the play of his team to that point: “I’m frustrated with Shaw Cable.”

When asked if his team or Shaw was more frustrating, he said: “Shaw, right now, is at the top of the list.”

Noel was hoping to watch Friday’s Carolina Hurrianes game against the St. Louis Blues on NHL Centre Ice to pre-scout his opponent but couldn’t get it. This on top of the fact Shaw failed to show most of the first period of last Monday’s 2-1 win over Pittsburgh, infuriating many viewers.

Noel obviously had his tongue in his cheek when the subject first came up, but he was still talking about it on Sunday.

“Does anybody know anybody from Shaw Cable? They’re not taking any blame. It’s not their fault. They’re telling us the game was on. We’re telling you it wasn’t.”

Of course, the big question here is, why does Noel have Shaw, when the Jets are so closely affiliated with MTS?

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Even if he’s not playing, Chris Mason is a great guy for the Jets to have around. Upbeat and personable, the 35-year-old goalie from Red Deer, Alta., has been arguably the hardest working player for this team since he arrived in Winnipeg on Aug. 21.

Mason was the first player to start working out in Winnipeg, knowing both he and his goaltending partner Ondrej Pavelec needed to be better than last year.

That work ethic and attitude is valuable for the Jets and when Mason comes in and plays a great game, like he did Saturday night, it’s a real bonus.

“He’s a real battler and he’s good in the room,” Noel said of Mason.

“He’s like (Mark) Stuart … he competes hard. He battles hard and gives you what he’s got.”

Mason was the losing goalie Monday, allowing two goals on 17 shots, but there wasn’t much he could do about either goal.


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