Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Rick Bowness was officially announced as Head Coach of the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

Bowness, 67, was hired after the NHL club unsuccessfully pursued Barry Trotz following his dismissal from the New York Islanders earlier this spring.

He has been signed to a two-year deal with an option for a third year.

"Listen, if I am in [Cheveldayoff's] chair, I am going after Trotzy too," said Bowness. "Trotzy is the perfect guy for this. I get that. With his resume I would have done the same thing Chevy did. I got a nice text from Trotzy a couple days ago. It didn't work out and that's fine. So do I feel bad about second choice? Absolutely not. I would've done the same thing."

After sporting a 89-62-25 record coaching the Dallas Stars over the past three seasons, including an appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2020, the Jets felt they have a winner in Bowness.

"You don't take a team to the Stanley Cup just by luck," said Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. "This is a really good hockey club and for whatever reason it lost it's way last year, and myself and the coaching staff, when we get it all together, we're going to work very closely with ownership, management and everyone associated with this organization," he said.

"We're going to get this team back in the playoffs," he added.

Bowness spoke with some players over the weekend, including Mark Scheifele, who clearly stated his frustration with the club's lack of success during the final media availablity earlier this spring.

“I just have to know where this team is going and what the direction is and what the changes are going to be, if any. I have to think about my career and what’s going to be best for me. Those are going to be…talks with my agents and everyone in my family and stuff like that and figure out what I really want. So, it will be a tough talk tomorrow," said Scheifele at that time.

Bowness has a reputation for being a clear communicator and excellent defensive coach.

"All you have to do is look at the last two Stanley Cup deciding games," said Bowness. "1-0, 2-1 and that's how you win in the playoffs. So if you're talking to an offensive guy, if he wants to win he buys in. It's as simple as that."

"And if he doesn't buy in then you're taking away his ice time and you're taking away his ability to get all those points because the team has to come first."

Paul Maurice resigns as Head Coach of Jets

Friday, 17 December 2021 20:04
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Paul Maurice has resigned as Head Coach of the Winnipeg Jets.

Maurice, 54, leaves the Winnipeg Jets with a record of 13-10-5 record this season and has guided the club to playoff appearances 5 times in his tenure as Head Coach.

He guided the Jets to a Western Conference playoff final in 2018.

He was in his 24th season as an NHL Head Coach.

The Jets have named Dave Lowry as interim Head Coach.

-PPM

Sabres double up Jets 4-2

Wednesday, 15 December 2021 03:25
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Rasmus Dahlin fired a pair of goals and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 34 shots as the Buffalo Sabres downed the Winnipeg Jets by a 4-2 score Tuesday night.

The game was Dahlin's first two-goal outing of his NHL career and ended a ten-game scoring skid for him dating back to November 21st against the New York Rangers.

“It was nice for sure," said Dahlin.

"To come out in the third in the lead, it's huge. It was nice to get that goal. I think in the third we just came out and battled and played tight defensively. It was good.”

The win snapped a seven game winless streak for the Sabres and was Luukkonen's first of the NHL season.

The game marked the first time the Sabres had played in Canada in 21 months.

Anders Bjork and Jeff Skinner also scored for Buffalo.

Tage Thompson and Victor Olofsson each had a pair of assists for the Sabres.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen turned aside 34 shots for Buffalo, who moved to 9-15-4.

Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg.

Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck made 23 saves for Winnipeg The loss dropped the Jets to 13-10-5.

Rasmus Dahlin got Buffalo on the board on the power play 7:14 into the contest when he took a feed from Tage Thompson before moving into the center of the ice and unleashed a high wrister that hit the crossbar and past Hellebuyck to make it 1-0 Buffalo.

Pierre-Luc Dubois got the Jets on even terms at 10:04 when Evgeny Svechnikov pressured Sabres defenceman Jacob Bryson into throwing the puck right up the center of the ice onto Josh Morrissey's stick.

The Jet defenceman hit Dubois close in to the net with a pass which he kicked up to his sitck before snapping the disc past Luukkonen to score his 14th of the season.

Anders Bjork gave the Sabres the lead 11:30 into the middle frame when poor defensive coverage by the Jets resulted in Vinnie Hinistroza finding Bjork all alone in front of Hellebuyck.

Bjork beat the Winnipeg netminder with a low shot stick side to make it 2-1.

Nikolaj Ehlers tied the game just over a minute later when he found some open ice in the face and Pierre-Luc Dubois hit him with a pass from the corner which the Dane promptly one timed past Luukkonen to knot the contest at 2.

The goal was his 11th of the season.

“You feel shitty every time you lose a game and in this league it doesn’t matter who you’re playing against. Every team can win the game," said Ehlers. "And it felt shitty against Carolina and it felt shitty again today. But there’s a new game in what, two days? That’s the beauty of the league. Obviously, we’re going to look at what we did right and what we did wrong and move on. We’ve got lots of games left."

Rasmus Dahlin potted his 2nd of the night late in the second when he worked himself toward the center of the ice after Victor Olofsson hit him with a pass from the corner before unleashing a slap shot that beat Hellebuyck blocker side to give the Sabres a 3-2 lead at 19:21.

The goal was his 5th of the season.

Jeff Skinner gave Buffalo a two-goal cushion at 11:55 when he elected to shoot on a 2-on-1, snapping a shot past Hellebuyck to make it 4-2.

The goal was his 9th of the season and snapped a six-game scoring drought.

Sabres Head Coach Don Granato said he was impressed with what he saw from his young defenceman.

“He’s put the work in, and some nights, he had a hiccup there and lost an edge and turned it up and it cost us a goal in the second. But that’s what happens. he’s a great player and he’s going to make more plays than he’s going to give the other team and that’s going to be a progressive thing. Tonight was a really good vision into his future. That was a vision into his future and capabilities and nice to see. And [Henri Jokiharju] played great tonight. As a pair they were very good together. They got pucks back quick so they were on offense.”

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice was succinct in his assessment of his club's play on the night.

“No. We skated for about 15, 20 minutes. Skated hard. And then they were faster than we were," he said.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Matthew Savoie is a gamer.

The 17 year-old scoring phenom now leads the Western Hockey League in scoring after Saturday night's three point outing.

Savoie was the frontman in the Ice win on the night, assisting on the game tying tally and scoring twice, including a skilled redirection on the game winning goal as the Winnipeg Ice downed the Central Division leading Edmonton Oil Kings by a 5-2 score.

"You know when we started putting the puck in the net it created a little momentum and I just drove the bus for us a little bit," he said. "Our whole line was just trying to get in front of the eyes, luckily it (puck) just went in off of my stick."

Savoie now leads the WHL with 44 points in 27 games.

Savoie tipped in a Ben Zloty shot from the left point to give Winnipeg the lead after a solid three period battle with the Central Division leading Oil Kings.

The game didn't start well for Winnipeg as they turned the puck over four times in the first period, leading to odd man rushes for Edmonton.

Ice Head Coach James Patrick didn't care for the way his club started out the night.

"I thought at the end of the night we did a lot of good things the last two periods. We came out flat. we came out unengaged and they (Edmonton) were the team that played last night. It's a little puzzling," he said.

"I thought Gage (goaltender) kept us in the first period," he added.

Connor Geekie, Mikey Milne and Ben Zloty also scored for the Ice.

Gage Alexander made 28 saves for Winnipeg, who moved to 23-3-1.

Josh Williams and Chase Friedt-Mohr scored for the Oil Kings.

Kolby Hay turned aside 25 shots for Edmonton, who dropped to 19-6-2-1.

Edmonton scored first at 9:56 of the first period when the Oil Kings broke in on a two-on-one when Jakub Demek fed Josh Williams a perfect pass by the hash marks which he snapped past Ice goaltender Gage Alexander, beating him low glove side.

The goal was his 14th of the season.

Connor Geekie tied the contest at 17:27, tipping a Matthew Savoie shot past Hay to make it 1-1.

The goal was his 9th of the season.

The tally sent an arena full of teddy bears iceward, which prompted the Oil Kings to leave the ice and resulted with an early first intermission.

The Oil Kings regained the lead 4:16 into the second when Chase Friedt-Mohr took a feed from Logan Dowhaniuk and snapped a wrister just inside the right post.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Winnipeg tied it up at 17:56 when Matthew Savoie curled off the top of the circle and hit defenceman Ben Zloty with a crisp pass before he moved in and beat Hay with a high backhand shot.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Mikey Milne made it 4-2 at 17:34 of the third period after he stepped around Oil Kings defenceman Logan Dowhaniuk in the corner before cutting in front of the net and beating an outstretched Hay to give the Ice some breathing room.

The goal was his 19th of the season.

Savoie added another goal with 40 seconds remaining to make it 5-2.

The goal was his 15th of the season.

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Connor scores twice as Jets blank Kraken 3-0

Friday, 10 December 2021 06:41
Seattle, Washington (NHN)-Kyle Connor scored twice and Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 25 shots he faced as the Winnipeg Jets blanked the Seattle Kraken by a 3-0 score Thursday night.

The game marked the first meeting between the two clubs.

Mark Scheifele had a pair of assists for Winnipeg.

The Jets moved to 13-9-4 on the season.

Philipp Grubauer stopped 28 shots for Seattle, who dropped to 9-15-2.

Dominic Toninato also scored for the Jets, who kicked off a three game road trip with a win.

Canes down Jets 4-2

Wednesday, 08 December 2021 03:38
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Jacob Slavin and Sebastian Aho each scored and added an assist to pace the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night.

Carolina scored twice in the first before Winnipeg responded with a pair of second period tallies tying the contest before the Canes power play went to work, scoring late in the second and early in the third to take control of the contest.

Martin Necas and Vincent Trocheck had the other Carolina markers.

Nino Niederreiter had a pair of assists for the Canes.

Antti Raanta turned aside 16 shots to pick up the win for the Canes who moved to 17-6-1.

Nikolaj Ehlers and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored for the Jets, who closed out a four-game homestand with a loss (12-9-4).

Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves.

Jacob Slavin scored thirty seconds into the opening stanza when he slid a 50 foot wrist shot along the ice through Connor Hellebuyck's pads to make it 1-0 Carolina.

Sebastian Aho gave the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead 1:12 into the second when he won a crease battle, rotating Hellebuyck in the crease while pursuing the puck.

Winnipeg challenged the goal alleging interference but the tally was allowed to stand.

The Jets were assessed a minor penalty for the unsuccessful challenge.

Hellebuyck was blunt in his assessment of the play.

“It’s goalie interference. I’ve read the league’s explanation about it. They called it a loose puck. The rule states that on a loose puck the player and goalie, if they’re both trying to go for it, there’s allowed to be incidental contact. But that wasn’t incidental contact. He drove me through and he didn’t get the puck until he turned me 90 degrees. I don’t want to say I had it fully covered, but it was jammed on my pad by my doing, and it only came free once I was spun fully around. And his stick was in my knee, and not allowing me to do anything. I was rendered useless. So for me that’s goalie interference. If it’s puck first, I’ll allow it. But it wasn’t puck first.”

Nikolaj Ehlers finished off a 2-on-1 with Paul Stastny 2:18 into the second, beating Raanta high to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

With Ian Cole off for tripping, Pierre-Luc Dubois tied the contest on the power play when Blake Wheeler trapped a puck along the boards and hit the Jet centreman with a crisp pass by the crease.

Dubois put his stick between his legs, redirecting the puck past Raanta to make it 2-2.

The goal was his 13th of the season.

Carolina took the lead late in the period when Martin Necas fired a loose puck past a sprawling Hellebuyck just inside the left post.

The goal was his 6th of the season.

With Adam Lowry off for holding Vincent Trocheck gave Carolina a 4-2 lead 3:04 into the third on the power play, burying a rebound off a Jacob Slavin shot to score his 6th of the season.

Winnipeg got a five minute power play with 12:21 remaining in the third when Ian Cole kneed Mark Scheifele but were unable to score.

Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers said they weren't able to move the puck effectively.

“When you got a team that’s pressing you that hard, you want to move the puck from side to side. From one side to the other side as quick as possible, and we weren’t able to do that. I think maybe a little bit more support to the guy that has the puck is something that we should have changed a little. We did score a power play goal today, but obviously when you’re behind 4-2 and you get a five-minute power play, you want to at least get some momentum going. And we weren’t able to do that. We’ll be better next game," said Ehlers.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice elected to pull his goaltender with about three minutes left in regulation.

Carolina Head Coach Rod Brind'Amour liked his club's effort on the night.

“Yeah, it was a solid game right from start to finish. We had a couple hiccups there in the second and that’s pretty much got for the whole game. It was a solid game. I think we’ve played like this for the last couple weeks. We weren’t able to score in a couple of those other games, but I thought the penalty kill was great tonight, obviously. That was a huge part of the game.”

The two teams both see action Thursday as Carolina visits Calgary and Winnipeg travels to Seattle to face the Kraken.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Pierre-Luc Dubois and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets doubled up the Toronto Maple Leafs by a 6-3 score Sunday night.

Andrew Copp, Evgeny Svechnikov, Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for the Jets, who won their second game in a row.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler, who was skating in his 1000th NHL game, had two assists but was unable to break his goalless drought, missing on a second period breakaway.

Neal Pionk also had a pair of assists for Winnipeg.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 32 shots to pick up the win for the Jets (12-8-4).

Michael Bunting, Auston Matthews and Ondrej Kase scored for Toronto, who lost their second straight game to drop to 17-7-2.

Joseph Woll made 35 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Pierre-Luc Dubois opened the scoring with a power play marker 4:05 into the game when he took a Blake Wheeler feed in front of the Maple Leaf net before sliding a backhand shot past goaltender Joseph Woll.

The goal was his 12th of the season.

Michael Bunting got Toronto on even terms 16:08 into the opening frame on the power play when he coverted a Pierre Engvall feed past Connor Hellebuyck, beating him short side to make it 1-1.

Andrew Copp's goal just under two minutes into the second gave the Jets a 2-1 lead, when he took a stretch pass from Neal Pionk before moving in on Woll and beating him between the pads.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

Evgeny Svechnikov scored just over three minutes later when he beat Holl with high shot from the right faceoff circle to score his 2nd of the season.

With Wayne Simmonds off for crosschecking Kyle Connor scored a power play goal 7:38 into the second when he snapped a Pierre-Luc Dubois feed from behind the net past Woll, hitting the back bar of the net to score his 15th goal of the season.

Auston Matthews cut into the Winnipeg lead, scoring a power play marker at 14:40.

The goal was his 15th of the season.

Ondrej Kase scored 1:26 later when he broke down the right side boards with the puck before unleashing a low shot along the ice from behind the goal line, banking the puck in off of Hellebuyck's right pad to make it 5-3.

Mark Scheifele's power play goal 8:14 into the third gave the Jets a three-goal cushion when he took a Kyle Connor feed before breaking down the middle and beating Woll low blocker side to make it 6-3.

The goal was his 6th of the season and 4th in his last two games.

The two teams return to action on Tuesday night.

Toronto hosts Columbus while Winnipeg closes out a four-game homestand hosting Carolina.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Mark Scheifele fired three goals and added an assist to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 8-4 win over the visiting New Jersey Devils Friday night.

Scheifele scored his 3rd, 4th and 5th goals of the season and provided a much needed spark to the Winnipeg offence which scored only four goals in their last five contests.

The Jets built up a three goal lead before letting the Devils score four unanswered goals to relinquish it before storming back and posting a two-goal cushion by the end of the second period.

Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice and Blake Wheeler had three assists for Winnipeg.

Kristian Vesalainen, Josh Morrissey and Logan Stanley also scored.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 33 shots for the Jets, who moved to 11-8-4.

Ryan Graves had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who closed out their two-game game road trip with a loss.

Damon Severson, Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier also scored for New Jersey.

Jonathan Bernier turned aside 32 shots for New Jersey, who dropped to 9-9-4.

Mark Scheifele got Winnipeg on the board 1:52 into the contest when he took a Neal Pionk feed in the high slot before moving in alone on Jonathan Bernier and lifting a backhand past him.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Nikolaj Ehlers scored two minutes later when Pierre-Luc Dubois poked a puck ahead which Ehlers skated into and fired a one timer, beating Bernier high glove side to make it 2-0 Jets.

Winnipeg extended their lead to 3-0 when Paul Stastny found a wide open Kristian Vesalainen in the slot and hit him with a backhand saucer pass which the winger promptly hammered past Bernier.

The goal was his 2nd of the season.

Damon Severson scored New Jersey's first goal of the night at 9:08 on the power play when Tomas Tatar hit him with a cross ice feed before he moved into the faceoff circle and beat Hellebuyck with a wrister just inside the far post.

Jack Hughes pulled the Devils to within a goal with 24 seconds remaining in the first when he fired a rebound past Hellebuyck to make it 3-2.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

The comeback continued in the second as Nico Hischier converted a slick backhand feed from Jesper Bratt, beating Hellebuyck high glove side to tie the game 37 seconds into the second.

The Devils took the lead 49 seconds later when Ryan Graves' point shot found net, sailing past Hellebuyck's glove.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Nikolaj Ehlers beat Bernier with a high shot to score his 2nd of the night at 10:39.

The goal was his 8th of the season.

Josh Morrissey was credited with a goal when Blake Wheeler's point shot hit the Jet defenceman at 15:26.

> The goal was his 4th of the season.< Mark Scheifele converted a Neal Pionk feed to make it 6-4 with six seconds remaining in the second period.

Scheifele completed the hat-trick 9:36 into the third, when he one timed a Blake Wheeler feed past Bernier to score his 5th of the season.

Adam Lowry rounded out the scoring at 16:33 when he tipped a Logan Stanley wrister into the net.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Winnipeg hosts Toronto on Sunday while New Jersey returns home to face the Senators on Monday.

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