How's it going everyone? Still smiling about the extra 3rd round pick the Devils gave the Wild? How about the Wild's win last night in their series opener against the Ducks? Well, let's hope the smiles remain as we enter day 3 of the Yelnats Cup Playoffs. Two games on the docket today:
Again, there are only two games because the two byes are also today. This time, I'll switch over to the Isles-Jets series for some variety.
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New York Islanders @ Winnipeg Jets
1st period: Pretty evenly matched period from the two teams. They scored 3 goals between them in a 1:06 span. Grant Clitsome got the first goal off a slapshot from the blueline. Am I the only one who hadn't noticed he had been picked off from the Blue Jackets on waivers? Anyway, his goal was assisted by Andrew Ladd. Then, the Isles got two goals in :21. New hits champion Matt Martin scored a bizarre goal as the puck floated over the goaltender Ondrej Pavelec after his shot deflected off a d-man. Assists were given to Kyle Okposo and Dylan Reese. Reese got another assist when Marty Reasoner buried his rebound on the very next shift. Matt Martin got the second assist. The Jets offense mostly from came from blueline slapshots as it accounted for half of their 8 shots on goal in the period. Many more shots sailed wide. The Isles made a strong push at the end of the period but ultimately failed to capitalize on the Jets' horrible defensive lapses. New York had a 2 shot edge and a one goal edge after 20 minutes.
2nd period: The second period saw the Jets score thrice. Tobias Enstrom started things off with a wicked wrist shot from the slot and that tied things up at two apiece. Eric Fehr and Tim Stapleton got the assists. Antti Miettinen, of all people, was the one to give the Jets the lead on a one-timed slapshot from the blue line as he was entering the zone after receiving the puck from Tanner Glass. Imagine that: Mittens hitting the net from that far away. Video games can be strange sometimes. The string of long range goals ended for the Jets as Evander Kane jumped on an Alexander Burmistrov rebound close to the crease. Kyle Wellwood got the second apple. Total domination by the Jets, who outshot the Isles 18-7 in the frame. It didn't help that the Isles won 3 of the 13 faceoffs in the period. It also didn't help that Jets player were allowed to enter freely into their zone. 4-2 Jets after 40.
3rd period: The Jets continued their clinic in the third period. Tim Stapleton inexplicably scored on a weak wrister from the blueline, with three Isles surrounding him. No reason Nabokov lets that one pass. Byfuglien and Wheeler assists. Strangely enough, this didn't prompt the coach to switch netminders. Jay Pandolfo killed any chance for a comeback when he took a 5 and a game misconduct for boarding on Tobias Enstrom and the Jets made the Isles pay big time. Brian Little scored off a Blake Wheeler rebound at the start of the major penalty, with Bogosian second assist. That was game over for Nabokov, way too late if you ask me. Rick Dipietro didn't fare much better as Little scored again with a top-corner wrist shot. Assists went to Ladd and Clitsome. Evander Kane made it 3 PP goal in the same major penalty in a 51 second span as he scored 7 seconds later with a big slapper from the faceoff circle to Dipietro's right. Byfuglien and Miettinen with the assists. The Isles laid down and died and the game ended up 8-2 for the Jets.
In the end, horrendous defense and dreadful goaltending ensured that the Isles never even had a prayer in this game. 7 unanswered goals from the Jets, which came from various sources and mostly from a long range. Most of these goals should have been blocked by a d-man or saved by an NHL goaltender. The Isles need to forget this ridiculous game and move on.
Interesting tidbits: 8 Jets players had 2 points... only 4 had none. Eric Fehr led all players with +3 despite playing only 8:26. Milan Jurcina and Andrew MacDonald were both -4.
Final Score: New York 2 - 8 Winnipeg
Total Shots: New York 25 - 49 Winnipeg
WPG 6:35 G.Clitsome (1) (A.Ladd)
NYI 7:08 M.Martin (1) (K.Okposo, D.Reese)
NYI 7:29 M.Reasoner (1) (M.Martin, D.Reese)
Shots: New York 10 - 8 Winnipeg
WPG 6:34 T.Enstrom (1) (E.Fehr, T.Stapleton)
WPG 8:24 A.Miettinen (1) (T.Glass)
WPG 11:10 E.Kane (2) (A.Burmistrov, K.Wellwood)
Shots: New York 7 - 18 Winnipeg
WPG 6:33 T.Stapleton (1) (D.Byfuglien, B.Wheeler)
WPG 14:11 B.Little (1) (B.Wheeler, Z.Bogosian) (PP)
WPG 14:55 B.Little (2) (A.Ladd, G.Clitsome) (PP)
WPG 15:02 E.Kane (3) (D.Byfuglien, A.Miettinen) (PP)
Shots: New York 8- 23 Winnipeg
#1 Bryan Little (2G)
#2 Evander Kane (2G, 10 shots)
#3 Antti Miettinen (1G, 1A)
Edmonton Oilers @ Colorado Avalanche
EDM 3:00 R.Jones (1) (S.Horcoff)
COL 7:09 S.Downie (1) (E.Johnson, J.Hejda)
Shots: Edmonton 7 - 4 Colorado
EDM 1:21 E.Belanger (1) (L.Petrell, R.Smyth)
COL 15:28 M.Hejduk (2) (S.O'Brien, C.McLeod)
EDM 16:31 B.Eager (3) (S.Horcoff, R.Jones)
Shots: Edmonton 6 - 10 Colorado
Shots: Edmonton 15 - 5 Colorado
Interesting tidbits: Ben Eager currently shares the Yelnats goal-scoring lead with Evander Kane. They both have 3. Colorado mustered 1 shot in the final 12 minutes of the game...probably because they took 5 penalties in the period. Ryan Jones scored on the first shot of the game by either side at 3:00. 11 minors were given out between both teams.
Final Score: Edmonton 3 - 2 Colorado
Total shots: Edmonton 28 - 19 Colorado
#1 Ryan Jones (1G, 1A)
#2 Ben Eager (GWG)
#3 Steve Downie (1G)
I'm conflicted... would I have preferred to watch the tighter, animated penalty-fest that was the Oilers-Avs game, or the explosive offensive performance of the Jets? ... Hmmm.... I'll let you guys decide which game 3 I'm covering between the two. Until then, enjoy the rest of your day. Don't forget to check out Mini-Sticks for Mikko! Great cause!