January 23, 2019

Winnipeg
-11° C, Snow

Full Forecast

Record: 31 – 15 – 2

Winnipeg Jets Logo

Winnipeg Jets (31 – 15 – 2)

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

Buff does right stuff

OT winner again shows 'unbelievable luxury' of big man's versatility

TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Head coach Paul Maurice gives some pointers to Bryan Little (left) and Andrew Ladd on Saturday night.

TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Head coach Paul Maurice gives some pointers to Bryan Little (left) and Andrew Ladd on Saturday night.

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 25/1/2014 (1823 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Paul MAURICE is starting to dig this Dustin Byfuglien -- part D-man, part forward -- a hybrid.

The Winnipeg Jets' big man, playing his seventh game as a forward who drops back to the point on the power play, brought the MTS Centre crowd to its feet Saturday night by scoring the winner in a 5-4 OT thriller.

Byfuglien again started the game patrolling the right side with Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi and was on the ice in extra time with Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Jacob Trouba when he beat Jonathan Bernier.

"That is an unbelievable luxury for us," said Maurice. "So I've always wanted to do four-on-four against other conferences, play three forwards and one defenceman and just go and try and open the game up as much as you can.

Get the full story.
No credit card required. Cancel anytime.

Join free for 30 days

After that, pay as little as $0.99 per month for the best local news coverage in Manitoba.

 

Already a subscriber?

Log in

Join free for 30 days

 

Already a subscriber?

Log in

Subscribers Log in below to continue reading,
not a subscriber? Create an account to start a 30 day free trial.

Log in Create your account

Your free trial has come to an end.

We hope you have enjoyed your trial! To continue reading, we recommend our Read Now Pay Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article.

For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription:

Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs!

Your free trial has come to an end.

We hope you have enjoyed your trial! To continue reading, we recommend our Read Now Pay Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article.

For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription:

Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs!

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Mon to Sat Delivery

Pay

$34.36

per month

  • Includes all benefits of All Access Digital
  • 6-day delivery of our award-winning newspaper
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 25/1/2014 (1823 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Paul MAURICE is starting to dig this Dustin Byfuglien — part D-man, part forward — a hybrid.

The Winnipeg Jets' big man, playing his seventh game as a forward who drops back to the point on the power play, brought the MTS Centre crowd to its feet Saturday night by scoring the winner in a 5-4 OT thriller.

Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press
Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien sends Leafs forward Troy Bodie flying in the second period at the MTS Centre Saturday night.

MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRE

Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien sends Leafs forward Troy Bodie flying in the second period at the MTS Centre Saturday night.

Byfuglien again started the game patrolling the right side with Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi and was on the ice in extra time with Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Jacob Trouba when he beat Jonathan Bernier.

"That is an unbelievable luxury for us," said Maurice. "So I've always wanted to do four-on-four against other conferences, play three forwards and one defenceman and just go and try and open the game up as much as you can.

"You know I'm not trying to trade chances 5-on-5, (but) I wouldn't mind trading chances 4-on-4. I think that's the way it should be.

"So you get the benefit of the forward and a guy who has played a lot of time on defence. It's a huge, huge luxury for us. It makes my (defensive) pairs right coming off the bench, and up front you get all your best offensive players on the ice that way. It really helps us running the bench."

Byfuglien picked up two points on the night, scoring the game-winner and also drawing an assist on Bryan Little's power-play goal in the second period. He now has 16 points (6G, 10A) over the last 17 games and has 19 power-play points (5G, 14A) this season for the Jets — a team with 26 man-advantage markers this year.

Asked what he was thinking when he got the puck in OT, Byfuglien said:

"Between the legs, dangle, off the skate... No, just simple shooting, try to make a play if it's there. Saw an opening to the net, just get pucks there. They backed off a little bit. They didn't know we were kind of on the regroup type of thing. So it was tough for them. And I just got the puck on net."

What's interesting is while some thought Claude Noel's decision to move Byfuglien up front was both desperate and an attempt to possibly showcase his versatility in advance of the trade deadline, it's now clear Maurice is enamoured with the uniqueness of a 6-5, 270-something player with a booming shot and soft hands.

"He has the ability to do some pretty special stuff," Jets rookie Jacob Trouba said of Byfuglien's OT marker. "So you just give him the puck and let him do what he does. Those are the kind of things he can do."

—with files from Tim Campbell

ed.Tait@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @WFPEdTait

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

You can comment on most stories on The Winnipeg Free Press website. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Advertisement

Advertise With Us