Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 04/6/2013 11:49 PM | Comments: 0
It’s been written so many times, spoken over so many empty pints, it’s starting to rival "taking pucks to the net" as a hockey cliché.
But it tends to come up as truth, so here it is again: As the Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler line goes, so go the Jets.
Consider how, on Saturday afternoon, the line helped net two Jets goals and some of their more glorious chances.
"It was nice to see some results, for sure," Ladd said afterwards, surrounded by media in the Jets’ dressing room. "(We were) struggling a little bit putting the puck in the net. To finally get some offence going is definitely a great thing for us."
The line might have opened the scoring in the first, when Ladd bore down on Philly goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on a breakaway. But his shot sailed wide, and the Flyers scored soon after. "Those things happen through the course of the game," Ladd said. "I thought I had him. I don’t know if the puck jumped or what, but didn’t end up putting it in the net."
In the second, the trio pressed harder, and was rewarded with the Jets’s first goal. It came when Little slipped a sneaky pass between two Flyers defenders to land squarely on the tape of blue-liner Grant Clitsome, who had jumped up on the rush. Clitsome’s shot beat Bryzgalov to tie the game; Wheeler picked up an assist on that marker.
Then, with only 54 seconds left in the second, Little took a pass from Wheeler and fired it into the net to give the Jets a 4-1 lead and a bit of extra breathing room. Ladd earned an assist on the Jets’ final goal.
So what helped bring a little fresh joy to joyland? With the Jets’ playoff hopes — for now — renewed, Ladd mused that the sight of recovering defenceman Zach Redmond helped clear the air in the Jets dressing room.
This week marked the first time Redmond skated with the team since having his femoral artery sliced open during a practice accident six weeks ago.
During the first TV timeout of the game, Redmond’s smiling face appeared on the scoreboard screen, as the Jets tapped their sticks and fans offered a thunderous standing ovation.
"Just seeing him definitely took your mind off of what was going on, first and foremost," Ladd said. "To see him back and doing so well is awesome for everyone in this room. It took our mind away from things going on, and all the negativity, and you just focus on how well he’s doing and having him around again."
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
ER doctor acclaimed as federal Liberal candidate
Iraq-Ukraine mission costs kept secret
More job cuts expected at U of M
Chris Kreider's late goal lifts Rangers over Jets 3-2
Jeff Browaty wants to be federal Tory candidate in Kildonan-St. Paul
Two NDP MLAs want their colleagues to sign a pledge to stop leaks to the media
Wallin expensed private trips, RCMP allege
Info watchdog calls for access overhaul
Federal spending on child care to hit $7.7B in 2015-16: PBO report
Chefs not happy city institutes annual parking pass for food trucks
Transcona rated worst in city's litter index
First baseman Casey Haerther coming back to the Goldeyes
Officials finish examining plane crash site
Buhari wins in Nigeria, defeating Goodluck Jonathan
Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law
Study gets behind the private school edge
CFS report on Tina a private matter: province
Study finds quarter of hockey helmets tested unsafe
No nuke agreement yet: Iran talks push past deadline
Bombers add receiver Derrick Hector
Man charged in deaths of boys by python
Trevor Noah defends self in backlash to old tweets
Man sought in connection with restaurant robbery
Canada gets a breather before semifinal
Decemberists at the Burt in July
Yard waste collection begins next week
Manitoba average weekly earnings show strong yearly growth
Newish Jewish noshes
Canada urges speed on Syria appeal in Kuwait
Super-fruit even more super grown here
Rob Ford apologizes for racial slurs
Pleading for federal cash
Railway relocation isn't blowing smoke
Chicago firm moves to acquire cabinetmaker with local ties
Sunny later today, even warmer on Wednesday
Mandatory indigenous courses add value
RCMP, Dakota Ojibway Police Service investigate suspicious deaths
True North granted extension
Suspects sought after stabbings put two in hospital
Relationship-challenged loners forge an unlikable alliance