Note: Fans enjoyed a jubilant St. Patrick’s Day at the MTS Centre as their home team pulled off a huge victory over a Sharks team chasing them for a spot in the playoffs. The team returns to the MTS Centre today at 12 noon for practice as they get ready for game two of home stand on Thursday night against St. Louis. As always stay tuned to @illegalcurve for up to the minute Jets news.
Note II: Tune in NHL Mid-Week on TSN 1290 Winnipeg tonight from 6 to 8 pm as the guys discuss last night’s win, the push for the playoffs and take a look around the NHL.
Games of significance last night: Wild won (OT). Flames lost. Canucks won.
Games of significance tonight: Kings (@ Ducks).
Sportsnet: Jets fans mock Thornton & Sharks (video). Have to give the fans who started the chant some credit. To get the entire arena chanting it without prior planning deserves some kudos and it appears that folks around the NHL are impressed by the MTS Centre chant.
CBC: Jets stay alive in playoff race with win. It really is going to be an exciting race to the finish line as each time that is hovering over or just under looks to stay in contention down the stretch.
Winnipeg Free Press: Wheeler-Scheifele-Stafford combo driving Jets’ offence. When guys like Little and Perreault go down you have to ask for the rest of the forwards to step up and fill the gap and this trio has certainly answered the call.
Winnipeg Free Press: Banged-up Jets subdue Sharks. Tim breaks down the game in his column including: 1) Persevering Pav 2) Buff held out 3) Penalty killing is back to respectable and 4) Early night for Niemi.
Winnipeg Sun: Pavelec, Jets make Sharks weak. Plenty from Ken in his summation of the game story.
Winnipeg Sun: Pavelec back in the saddle for Winnipeg Jets after back to back wins. Paul writes about the return of #Pavelectricity or something to that effect as fans who wanted the Czech goalie run out of town are quietly changing their tune. Of course two games does not make a season so fans are taking a cautiously optimistic approach to the resurgence of Pavelec.
San Jose Mercury News: Sharks get down early and never catch up, losing to host Jets. Read about the game from Sharks beat writer Dave Pollak.
TSN: That’s Hockey 2 Nite (video). The Jets jumped on the Sharks early and often and were rewarded. Craig Button breaks down numerous key plays that led to the win, and discusses how Mark Scheifele is turning into a star player in the NHL.
MyToba.ca: Wheeler’s leadership goes beyond goals and assists. Watching #26 drop down to block a shot in a 5-2 hockey game as time winds down was quite a sight to behold.
Jets 5 Sharks 2:
Winnipeg Jets: Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, Ondrej Pavelec and Drew Stafford.
San Jose Sharks: Coach McLellan, Alex Stalock, Joe Pavelski and Marc Edouard Vlasic.
Coach Maurice post-game presser: Coach Maurice met with the media following the game against San Jose.
Pressbox Podcast: Host Drew Mindell and analyst Richard Pollock break down the Jets play against the Sharks this evening.
Jets on a Deadline: Game recaps, post-game audio, video highlights and the NHL.com 3 Stars of the night.