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Jets down Blues 4-3 in a shootout; Trouba injured

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St. Louis Blues' David Backes (centre) and Alexander Steen (top right) celebrate Backes's first-period goal as Dustin Byfuglien looks away.

Just when it seemed like the hockey gods really had it in for the Winnipeg Jets — and we’re talking storm clouds gathering for a nasty window-rattling shaker — the skies cleared and a teeny-tiny bit of sun shone down on the local shinny side.

Yes, in a game in which the Jets fell behind 3-1 and were shaken by the scene of promising young defenceman Jacob Trouba taken from the ice on a stretcher, they somehow found another gear for a late rally and, ultimately, a thrilling 4-3 shootout victory over Stanley Cup contender St. Louis Blues.

As a result, the emotion at the MTS Centre was all over the charts, spiking and dipping with some dramatic highs and lows. The win stops an ugly run that had seen the Jets lose four of their last five after opening the season 2-0 and improves their record to 4-4.

It also started an important run of six of seven games against Central Division opponents with a bang.

"It was a good win against a good team," said Jets centre Bryan Little. "Hopefully that gives us some confidence, and that’s been lacking lately, that confidence in our game. We’ve got to believe we can beat teams like this on a nightly basis. This is a great game for us to come back and win.

"There’s some things that didn’t exactly go our way — a couple of mistakes and the puck was in our net. But, overall, I thought we showed a lot of character coming back like that. It shows our commitment to winning."



Trouba, who has been such a shining light to start the season, was taken from the ice on a stretcher early in the second period after crashing into the end boards while trying to hit Blues’ forward Jordan Leopold behind the St. Louis net. The building was eerily quiet for several minutes while the 19-year-old defenceman was placed onto a spinal board and then erupted when he gave the thumbs up as he was taken from the ice.

The Jets said Trouba was taken to the hospital for X-rays and was alert, communicating and moving all his limbs.

"Something like this, it seems like you see it almost every day," said Jets’ goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. "It was no fun at all. It was tough to focus but we handled it pretty well. We knew pretty much right away that it wasn’t going to be something serious and he was going to be fine. That’s great news."

"Trouba is still getting evaluated but he’s good," said head coach Claude Noel. "He’s just getting tested but I think everything’s fine."

The Jets finished the game with just four defenceman — Zach Bogosian, Grant Clitsome, Toby Enstrom and the game’s first star, Dustin Byfuglien — as Mark Stuart also exited with an undisclosed injury.



The Jets have been blathering on ad nauseum all week about the importance of posting a solid opening period. And while there were stretches in the first 20 minutes where the home side had some oomph, the first period stats were revealing: Not only were they down 2-1 after two horrible miscues by Clitsome and Trouba that led to goals by David Backes and Alex Steen, they were guilty of six turnovers to the Blues’ one, were losing in the faceoff circle and had been outshot 11-9.



Claude Noel rattled some cages, sending Devin Setoguchi, Eric Tangradi and Paul Postma to the press box to give Clitsome, Anthony Peluso and Patrice Cormier a look ,and then benched Evander Kane for about 10 minutes in the second after he had taken three minor penalties.



The Jets were down 3-1 with less than seven minutes left when Kane pulled the club to within one with his fourth goal of the season. And with just 1:54 left Enstrom tied it with a blast for his first marker of the year.


The shootout included seven rounds and featured 14 shooters, with Andrew Ladd, Little and Olli Jokinen scoring for the Jets while Pavelec stopped the last five shooters he faced.

"It feels good to win a game like that," said Bogosian. "We battled hard. They’re a good team that plays a rally solid team game and I thought we matched their intensity well and we were a lot more physical than in previous games."


—with files from Paul Wiecek and Tim Campbell

Twitter: @WFPEdTait

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  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: Make the final #nhljets 4 STL 3 in shootout. Gritty comeback. 9:55 pm on Oct 18

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #nhljets tie game 3-3 at 18:06 of 3rd period on Toby Enstrom's 1st of the season. Gutsy comeback for a team that's playing with 4 defencemen 9:35 pm on Oct 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets have come to life late in the third, rallying to tie the #Blues 3-3 on goals by Evander Kane and Toby Enstrom. 9:35 pm on Oct 18

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: Evander Kane rewarded for a full effort tonight; his 4th from Little at 13:13 of 3rd makes it 3-2 for Blues over #nhljets. 9:25 pm on Oct 18

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: This would be #nhljets 5th loss in 6 games if it happens. Add the loss of Trouba TBD and this could be a very costly night. 9:11 pm on Oct 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: from #nhljets an update on Jacob Trouba saying he is moving all limbs, is alert and communicating while at hospital for x-rays 8:57 pm on Oct 18

  • FPTimCampbell

    @FPTimCampbell: An update on #NHLJets defenceman Jacob Trouba-he has been taken to hospital for x-rays. He is alert, communicating, and moving all limbs 8:55 pm on Oct 18

  • BrownScottTN

    @BrownScottTN: An update on #NHLJets defenceman Jacob Trouba-he has been taken to hospital for x-rays. He is alert, communicating, and moving all limbs. 8:54 pm on Oct 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Kane back on ice after a 10 minute rest #nhljets 8:35 pm on Oct 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: that's five minors in two games for Evander Kane. Just can't happen. #nhljets 8:16 pm on Oct 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Jacob Trouba awake and a little wave as he leaves the ice. Let's hope we get some good news soon. #nhljets 8:14 pm on Oct 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets Jacob Trouba was just taken from the ice on a stretcher. Update when we know more. 8:13 pm on Oct 18

  • jeffkhamilton

    @jeffkhamilton: #NHLJets rookie Jacob Trouba after going face first in to boards.
    8:10 pm on Oct 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Doctor and spinal board out now, too, for Jacob Trouba. #NHLJets 8:07 pm on Oct 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets Jacob Trouba goes face first into the end boards. Now being looked at by trainers. MTS Centre quiet. 8:07 pm on Oct 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Giveaways in the first period: #NHLJets 6, #Blues 1. Two of them deposited behind Ondrej Pavelec. 7:45 pm on Oct 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Couple of horrible #NHLJets giveaways. If not for the goal posts behind Ondrej Pavelec, this could be 4 or 5-1 Blues. 7:42 pm on Oct 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Brutal giveaway by Jacob Trouba puts puck on Alex Steen's stick. 2-1 #Blues over #NHLJets. 7:41 pm on Oct 18

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #nhljets earned a break with their effort in the first period and get one as Olli Jokinen fires a knuckleball past Blues G Brian Elliott. 7:35 pm on Oct 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Olli Jokinen gobbles up a rebound on a Matt Halischuk and fires a knuckle-puck past Brian Elliott. 1-1 Blues and #NHLJets 7:34 pm on Oct 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Jokinen had a Miami Marlins hat on the other day and he bats that one in #nhljets 7:34 pm on Oct 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: skill and not effort might be the issue for #nhljets against blues tonight. St. Lou is a sweet team. they've got everything. 7:33 pm on Oct 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: This is exactly the kind of start the #NHLJets have been talking about doing for awhile. Now they are actually doing it. 7:18 pm on Oct 18

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: Much improved early effort and attitude from #nhljets tonight. 7:17 pm on Oct 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: looks like tangradi and setoguchi healthy scratches for #nhljets. Noel is getting serious. 7:00 pm on Oct 18

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets scratch Postma, Tangradi, Setoguchi. Start Kane, Little, Wheeler, Clitsome, Byfuglien and Pavelec. 6:59 pm on Oct 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: No Devin Setoguchi in warmup for #nhljets. maybe it's Patrice Cormier or Anthony Peluso's night 6:42 pm on Oct 18

  • jetsvoice1290

    @jetsvoice1290: Line Up changes for #NHLJets. No Devin Setoguchi for warm up vs #StLouisBlues. Cormier & Peluso are on ice. 0pts last 5GP for Setoguchi 6:41 pm on Oct 18

  • JetsStatsGuy

    @JetsStatsGuy: #NHLJets have given up 10 first period goals this year. Only Buffalo and Edmonton have allowed more. 6:37 pm on Oct 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: With sons Alex and Ryan playing for Blues against #nhljets, who had greater impact on Winnipeg sports scene, Thomas Steen or Willard Reaves? 6:34 pm on Oct 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: big questions heading into tonight's #nhljets game - how will Evander Kane deal with injury, can Ondrej Pavelec bounce back and Jets start 6:31 pm on Oct 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Kane skating with Little and Wheeler. Best guess is he goes tonight #nhljets 10:43 am on Oct 18

  • FPTimCampbell

    @FPTimCampbell: Evander Kane appears on the ice for today's morning skate for #NHLJets. Jets and Blues tonight.. 10:21 am on Oct 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: being told injury to #nhljets winger Evander Kane is not a knee injury. Kane is listed as day-to-day and is a possibility for tonight 8:40 am on Oct 18

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Jets radio play by play man says #nhljets Evander Kane's injury is not a knee injury 7:40 am on Oct 18


Updated on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 7:48 PM CDT: Updates headline after first period.

8:54 PM: Updates headline, photo after second period.

9:11 PM: Updates condition of Jacob Trouba.

9:55 PM: Adds final score, updates photo.

10:18 PM: Updates with game summary.

11:04 PM: Updates with full post-game writethrough.

11:10 PM: Adds slide show.

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