Note: Following last night’s 6-2 bombing of the Avalanche the Jets have to switch focus to face an Anaheim Ducks team who won an ugly 5-4 game in St. Paul against the Minnesota Wild on Friday. Leading scorer Corey Perry left the game with a lower-body injury just ten minutes into the game and did not return. He will accompany the Ducks to Winnipeg and we should have a better idea of his status soon. For the latest Jets news ensure you follow us on Twitter @illegalcurve.
Note II: Airing live from the St. Vital Centre Food Hall in support of “Toy Mountain”, the Illegal Curve Hockey Show will be on TSN 1290 Winnipeg from 12 Noon – 300 PM today. Join Drew, Richard and Ezra, as they recap Friday night’s Jets-Avalanche game, and get you ready for Sunday afternoon’s Jets-Ducks game. They will also discuss the injuries to the Jets blue-line, and dive deep into the Jets Power Play woes. Guests: Dan Wood (Ducks radio analyst), Brian Engblom (TV Analyst for TSN/NBC/Altitude and former Montreal Canadiens player to discuss Jean Beliveau), and Dave Jamieson (TSN 1260 Edmonton). To listen click here.
Winnipeg Free Press: Defence holds strong. No Enstrom, no Bogosian, no Clitssome, no problem. While the loss of top D men is never usually easy to replace Dustin Byfuglien sure made that transition quite smoothly last night. Ben Chiarot picked up his first NHL point in just his third NHL game. Of course the Jets were playing a tired and injured Avs team. Big team tomorrow against Anaheim.
Winnipeg Free Press: Little’s hat trick makes history. Unlike in the past there wasn’t a lot of two goal drama with the crowd wondering when/if he would score a third. Just 32 seconds after scoring his second the Jets centre made history.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets bury Avalanche on Little hat trick. I can only imagine that Eric Boulton’s phone was blowing up from his former teammates finally being able to say that he no longer holds the record.
Winnipeg Sun: Thorburn helps Jets reap rewards. Just as happy as players were post-game to talk about Bryan Little’s three goals you could tell that the Jets players were just as happy to see Thorburn get a goal in the winning effort. Ironically Thorburn had an impact on a night when Bolton’s record, one he helped create, was broken.
Denver Post: Jets jolt Avs with ease; Colorado wastes two Jarome Iginla goals. Always interesting to get the perspective from the Jets opposition.
Illegal Curve: Bryan Little scores the first hat trick for the Winnipeg Jets franchise. As always we give you the sights and sounds and quotes from last night’s historic three goal performance from the Jets centre.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: The Big Show (audio). Paul explains how the new defensive system under head coach Paul Maurice can make Byfuglien a better defenceman than he’s been in the past.
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Winnipeg Jets: Bryan Little, Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler and Chris Thorburn.
Colorado Avalanche: Coach Roy.
Coach Maurice post-game presser: Coach Maurice met with the media following the game against Colorado.
Jets on a Deadline: Game recaps, post-game audio, video highlights and the NHL.com 3 Stars of the night.