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It's hard to predict where the Winnipeg Jets will end up at the end of the 2015-16 season. Last year saw them fight for every last inch only to squeak into the playoffs, finishing the season with a franchise-high 99 points in what was Winnipeg's first post-season berth since relocating from Atlanta.
Through 10 games this season, not even head coach Paul Maurice can positively predict where his team is at, nor can be suggest they've carved out an identity, even though he may like the direction they're headed. The Jets have a record of 6-3-1 this season, good enough to keep pace in a Central division race with a number of heavy-hitters.
But whoever they are, or want to become, it goes a long way when trying to define the kind of team you want to be when you're able to knock off one of the best in the league, just as the Jets did Thursday night at the MTS Centre, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 in what was a game that didn't exactly scream 'pretty!'
If the opening stages of the game predicted anything, it's that it was about to be a long night for the Jets.
With Toby Enstrom in the box for holding, Chicago's super-star forward Patrick Kane struck on the power play just 1:26 in to the first period. Kane let a weak wrister go that beat Hutchinson five-hole, notching his sixth of the season to give the visitor's an early 1-0 lead.
With the Hawks still carrying most of the momentum, the Jets would get a little wiggle room thanks to a goal from Blake Wheeler. Wheeler, who headed in to the game leading the Jets with four goals and 11 points, capitilized on a wrister of his own, beating Chicago netminder Corey Crawford glove side to even things at 1-1.
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