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Flying high: Jets win again, edging Chicago

Jan 26, 2014, 10:01 PM EST

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The Winnipeg Jets keep doing things that people don’t expect from them, though admittedly in a very small sample size, under Paul Maurice. On Sunday, they overcame the team that, in many ways, feels like the “grown up” version of the Jets, as they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1.

The Jets feature some significant former Blackhawks (especially Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd) and a former Chicago executive in their GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. Before tonight, they had lost three games to Chicago this season by a combined score of 15-5.

With this win, Winnipeg is now 6-1-0 with Paul Maurice behind the bench.

That’s impressive work, but that promise might wear off if their goaltending sags.

Ondrej Pavelec has been producing outstanding work with a new head coach, yet it was Al Montoya who was standing on his head tonight. Chicago generated a ridiculous 18-2 shot advantage in the first period, yet Brandon Bollig was the only person to beat Montoya. And he was perfect for the rest of Sunday night.

Naturally with a team that just sacked their coach seven games ago, Winnipeg still needs to keep things going to have a real shot at the playoffs. According to Sports Club Stats, this win bumped their playoff odds up 3.1 percent to just 8.3. Still, it’s just late-January, and stranger things have happened.

While Maurice is putting more wins in Winnipeg, the Blackhawks face a rare mini-rut, with three straight losses. After the game, captain Jonathan Toews didn’t provide a positive spin to CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers.

“We threw away another two points,” Toews said. “I don’t have an explanation without saying anything negative.”

Perhaps the explanation is simple enough: they ran into a team with soaring confidence and red-hot goaltending?

  1. slysipops - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    another piss poor behind the back pass to the center of the ice in your own zone leads to another loss ! great job HOSSA ! was the start of this season just a farce? besides BICKLE about 2/3 of the team ought to sit out a few. PAT FOLEY ( HAWKS announcer ) ought to quit blah blahin’ about the opposing teams problems and concentrate on the HAWKS lates shortcomings or just do the play by play …ONLY !

    • kaptaanamerica - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      J TOES never gives the opposition credit. Guy is an egomaniac thinking the hawks should win every game…

      • hawksin5 - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        no. no. lets not be ignorant. i know you’re a canucks fan. but in all honesty there are very few teams that should beat the hawks. and if you think the jets are one of them, i don’t know what to tell ya. of course he thinks that way…they should.

      • jhaegs - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:30 AM

        ^^^^^^^^^^^
        It’s contagious!!!

      • comeonnowguys - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        Aren’t you the guy saying how the Hawks only beat the Kings because the Kings were beat up in the Sharks series?

        Does that make you the pot, or the kettle?

    • stepanup - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Not sure about why you CAPITALIZED every NAME, but it’s actually BICKELL. And no, the beginning of the season was not a farce, your team is just in the dog days of the season because they know they’re elite, half of them are going to Sochi, and had a lapse in focus.

      However, thank you for giving my post from last week more credence.

      stepanup – Jan 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM
      I’ve noticed Chicago fans in particular manage to be crabby following a loss

      • comeonnowguys - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        What’s to be crabby about. Slumps happen. Don’t get to high with the highs or low with the lows.

      • slysipops - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        you knew who i meant so what’s the problem ? and names used to always be capitalized…so i still do it . i don’t remember the post from last week but either your welcome …or if you’re being sarcastic …something else ! lol! sure we HAWKS fans are crabby when they lose. i went through bookoo years of leaness ,they got the team to win almost every night, so we expect more

  2. lowenni - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    O’Brein put it perfectly. Confidence+hot goaltending are what make streaks like this and teams unstoppable, even more than top level talent than superstars. Just look at LA’s championship run, it was Quick and a hell of a lot of confidence and energy in the players.

  3. thomasvanek - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Am I reading this wrong? Why does it say they are 6-1-0 against Paul Maurice on the homepage.

    • lesleyvissersfacelift - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:27 AM

      You’re not reading it wrong. It’s written wrong. Of course it is, O’Brien wrote the piece.

  4. jhaegs - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    “We threw away another two points”…

    How does one throw away something they never had?

    • hawksin5 - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      oh god, not you.

      • jhaegs - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:30 AM

        Miss me, foreskin?

      • comeonnowguys - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        Don’t worry, J’ll be gone by the second round. Back to whatever void from whence they appeared this year.

  5. hallforpresident - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    Toews is overrated, I’ll just leave this here…

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      You’re an idiot. And you can take that with you.

  6. icrew29 - Jan 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    The Hawks are not playing as a team. Every player is shot ting the puck just to get a shot on goal, no plays, no passing, not paying attention to where your opponent is located. Not one player in front of the opposing goalies except on a power play and sometimes not even then. I don’t care how many shots on goal you have if the goalie has a clear view of the shot, he will make the save. Maybe going back on the road will help.

  7. jpat2424 - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Can somebody in the Jets organization get Olli Jokinen a bigger helmet please

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