Winnipeg Jets Get in the Playoff Picture

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The Winnipeg Jets are now in possession of their best point streak this season–five games–and won the fourth of their last five games when they dispatched the New York Rangers by a 3-1 score. This win also got the Jets over the big bold line in the Eastern Conference. That’s right, the Winnipeg Jets are now officially in the playoff picture. They’re also just one point behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the lead in the Southeast Division.

Nik Antropov scored a power play goal about two minutes into the first period, while some fans may still have been in line for beers or popcorn or whatnot, to start things off for the home team. That ended up being all the goal-scoring that would happen in the first, though Ryan Callahan tied it up in the start of the second.

But Antti Miettinen‘s first goal of the entire season, in just his seventh game, put the Jets back up for good. He said that his goal wasn’t the prettiest, but it doesn’t matter how good-looking a goal is–it just matters if it’s scored or not. Andrew Ladd added an empty net goal to make it officially 3-1.

The two teams were generally on their best behavior: no penalties were called at all in the third period and there were just three overall, outside of the two fighting majors handed out to Mark Stuart and Micheal Haley in the first. When Marian Gaborik was awarded a penalty shot in the first, Ondrej Pavelec kept up a streak that spans two years and two different franchises by stopping it, just like he did in February 2011.

Now it’s off to visit the current seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Maple Leafs, for a game on March 16. Obviously, both teams could use the boost from getting two points out of that match. Who’s going to get them?

 

Emma Harger is an NHL Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook and add her to your network on Google.

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