AT THE MTS CENTRE
The Jets haven't been blazing hot, but certainly warm enough -- as in 4-1-2 in their homestand so far -- to make this Eastern Conference playoff race interesting for at least a few more days. A romp over the first-place Panthers pushed Winnipeg two points away from the division lead and over the idol Washington Capitals and back into eighth spot.
A fast start, as in two goals in the first 6:03 of the game, got the Jets playing with some measure of confidence. Then the home team corrected Monday's big problem -- an awful third period -- by blitzing Florida for four third-period goals to create the runaway score. Evander Kane had two more goals to reach 26 for the season.
Well, Florida defenceman Keaton Ellerby's first-period free pizza for Kane's game-opening goal was one, but when Jets defenceman Mark Stuart ping-ponged one home off Kyle Wellwood's leg at 1:49 of the third, it was clear the Jets were not going to repeat Monday's meltdown against Edmonton.
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1. Winnipeg, Kane 25, 4:01
2. Winnipeg, Slater 9 (Stuart, Thorburn) 6:03
Penalty -- Fleischmann Fla (hooking) 0:30.
Penalty -- Stapleton Wpg (hooking) 3:56.
3. Winnipeg, Wellwood 14, (Stuart, Kane) 1:49
4. Winnipeg, Little 19 (Wheeler, Jones) 4:35
5. Winnipeg, Antropov 10 (Bogosian, Enstrom) 8:06 (pp)
6. Winnipeg, Kane 26 (Wellwood, Burmistrov) 8:18
7. Winnipeg, Wheeler 14 (Kane, Stapleton) 17:58
Penalties -- Jovanovski Fla (slashing) 6:46, Gudbranson Fla (roughing), Stuart Wpg (double roughing, misconduct) 10:51, Antropov Wpg (holding) 15:21, Skille Fla (cross-checking) 19:21.
Shots on goal by
Goal (shots-saves) -- Florida: Theodore (L,17-12-6)(24-20), Clemmensen (4:35 third, 7-4; Winnipeg: Pavelec (W,24-21-7).
Power plays (goals-chances) -- Florida: 0-3; Winnipeg: 1-3.
Referees -- Greg Kimmerly, Dennis LaRue. Linesmen -- Brian Mach, Vaughan Rody.
Attendance -- 15,004 (15,004)