Teemu Selanne played a dominant game, Shane Doan finally got on the scoreboard and Keith Tkachuk played the game you would want from an elite power forward, leading Winnipeg to a big 6-5 comeback overtime win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, pushing the Jets over .500 for the season and showing Jets fans some encouraging play from the players they need it from most. Just when all hope seemed to be lost the ninth overall draft pick who has been dissapointingly quiet thus far this year, jumped on a loose puck and drove the puck to the back of net, past Carmen, Manitoba native Ed Belfour.
The game last night was a back and fourth affair right from the start, with goals coming in bunches and leads being lost by both teams. The game started great for the Jets, with the highly paid winger Keith Tkachuk shoveling in a rebound in front of the net off a Teemu Selanne shot just a minute 45 in. Tkachuk followed his early goal up by feeding Selanne a breakaway pass, Selanne went to the back hand and put it over Belfours’ outstretched pad and gave Winnipeg a 2 goal lead after the opening frame. Unfortantly that was all the Jets would get from Tkachuk on this night as he left the game early in the second after being slashed on the right hand, he will get x-rays laster this week.
The Jets played much of the second period shorthanded, taking numerous bad penalties and this led to a change in the game. Chicago got the only three goals of the period, from Larry Murphy, Eric Daze and capped off by Jeremy Roenick scoring his 9th of the season and giving the Hawks a 3-2 lead. Winnipeg fell further behind just 3 minutes into the third period when tough guy Bob Probert knocked in a rebound in front of Nikolai Khabibulin. At the midway point of the period Darren Turcotte scored for Winnipeg, getting them back within one goal and setting the stage for an exciting finish.
At 16:25 of the third period Roenick got his second for Chicago on a beautiful individual play putting the visitors up 2 and sending the Jets faithful towards the exits with all hope extinguished. However, it was a rookie who brought Winnipeg back, Shane Doan who has faced a lot of critcism for his play to start the year finally got his first NHL goal, picking up a turnover at the Hawks blue line and driving a low shot pastt Belfour. This gave Winnipeg a chance to pull its goaltender in favor of an extra attacker, in the form of Teemu Selanne, and boy was that a good decision. With only 19 seconds left in the game and still down one, Winnipeg had an offensive zone faceoff to the left of Ed Belfour. Mike Eastwood won the draw clean back to Teppo Numminen, Numminen turned and slid the puck across the blue line to Teemu Selanne who one timed his second goal of the game, tying it up and sending the game to overtime. Overtime didn’t last long as just 39 seconds into the extra frame Darren Turcotte found Doan for his second of the game and the winner.
Winnipegs’ next action comes November 17 when New York come to the Winnipeg Arena.