Jets need to win -- and pray for a miracle

Jets defenceman Mark Stuart knows his team has to leave everything on the ice against Montreal....

Jets defenceman Mark Stuart knows his team has to leave everything on the ice against Montreal. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency/Files)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:07 AM ET

WINNIPEG - One more time, with feeling.

That’s what the mantra for the Winnipeg Jets has become as they enter the final game of the 48-game lockout-shortened regular season on Thursday night, welcoming the Montreal Canadiens to MTS Centre.

By virtue of their 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night, even beating the Canadiens might not be enough for the Jets to nail down the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

But for now, the goal is finishing off on a high note and then hoping, praying to get some serious help on the out-of-town scoreboard.

“We know we have to leave everything on the ice,” said Jets defenceman Mark Stuart. “There’s nothing to save it for now.”

Stuart couldn’t be more right.

Pretty much all of the hockey cliches apply to the Jets right now, as their collective backs are clearly up against the wall.


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