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Record: 43 – 26 – 13

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 ★ Evander Kane, Winnipeg: Making the critical plays at critical times. Considerably better in Boston and Washington than in his home debut. Ditto for the whole squad.

TOP THREE QUARTERS CLOSE CUT CLOSECUT - Jet Tobias Enstrom takes a shot during second-period action. Winnipeg jets take on the Montreal Canadiens for the NHL regular season home opener Sunday, October 9, 2011 at the MTS Centre.   (Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press)

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TOP THREE QUARTERS CLOSE CUT CLOSECUT - Jet Tobias Enstrom takes a shot during second-period action. Winnipeg jets take on the Montreal Canadiens for the NHL regular season home opener Sunday, October 9, 2011 at the MTS Centre. (Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press)

FULL CLOSE CUT CLOSECUT - Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien follows through on a shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson).

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FULL CLOSE CUT CLOSECUT - Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien follows through on a shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson).

 ★★ Toby Enstrom, Winnipeg: So smooth with the puck and finished with three assists while playing almost 25 minutes.

 ★★★ Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg: Very steady. Good rebound control against a Washington squad with a lot of skill up front.

First Period

1. Washington, Hendricks 1 (Backstrom, Ovechkin) 10:02

2. Winnipeg, Kane 1 (Wheeler, Byfuglien) 12:34 (pp)

3. Winnipeg, Ladd 1 (Antropov, Enstrom) 16:26 (pp)

Penalties -- Ward Wash (tripping) 11:40, Carlson Wash (delay of game) 14:34.

Second Period

4. Winnipeg, Wheeler 1 (Kane, Enstrom) 14:32

5. Winnipeg, Slater 1 (Byfuglien, Enstrom) 19:14

Penalties -- Byfuglien Wpg (hooking) 10:32, Slater Wpg, Hendricks Wash (fighting) 20:00.

Third Period

6. Washington, Brouwer 1 (Ribeiro, Backstrom) 18:44 (pp)

Penalties -- Byfuglien Wpg (high-sticking) 1:27, Brouwer Wash (interference) 2:02, Jokinen Wpg (slashing) 10:57, Thorburn Wpg, Hendricks Wash (fighting) 14:31, Washington bench (unsportsmanlike conduct, served by Crabb) 15:14, Burmistrov Wpg (slashing) 17:49, Ribeiro Wash (unsportsmanlike conduct, misconduct) 18:44.

Shots on goal by

Winnipeg13206--39

Washington8917--34

Goal -- Winnipeg: Pavelec (W,1-1-1); Washington: Holtby (L,0-2-0).

Power plays (goals-chances) -- Winnipeg: 2-5; Washington: 1-4.

Referees -- Brad Meier, Dennis LaRue. Linesmen -- Greg Devorski, Andy McElman.

Attendance -- 18,506 (18,398).

 

TRENDING UP:

The Jets power play, which scored on its first opportunity to start the season and then fizzled on its next nine, connected.

 

 TRENDING DOWN:

Washington is 0-2 to start the season and has been lit up for 10 goals. New head coach Adam Oates is in a tough spot trying to implement his philosophy without a real training camp.

UP NEXT:

 

Time to take a small breath after three games in four days. The Jets chartered home Tuesday night and don't play again until Friday's home date against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m.; TSN/TSN 1290).

 

-- Ed Tait

 

Mr. Helper

Toby Enstrom picked up three assists in the win over the Caps and now has four points -- all helpers -- in three games. He is the Jets' early-season scoring leader.

 

Spoiling the party

Jets halted a significant streak who had won 10 straight home dating back to 2000. Winnipeg has three straight at Verizon Center, including wins in February and March a year ago.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 23, 2013 C3

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