Last month when the Winnipeg Jets visited the big apple they were completley dominated for a full 60 minutes and returned home with a bad loss, this time, back at home it was a whole different story. Thanks to a spectacular performance in goal from Nikolai Khabibulin and a surprising offensive output from defenseman Teppo Numminen who scored and got two assists, the Jets avenged their loss earlier in the season and got a 6-3 win, moving two games above .500 for the season.
Winnipeg finally got a boost on their struggling special teams, going 3 for 6 on the powerplay and killing off all four penalties they were assesed. It is a part of their game the Jets have been working on for the last couple weeks, seemingly with no results as both special teams have continued to struggle, tonight was a pay off for a lot of hard work. The Jets did not start the game strong and got outplayed by a pretty wide margin in the first period. However, thanks to the stellar goaltending of Nikolai Khabibulin, who was making his tenth straight start for Winnipeg, they got out of the period unharmed and scoreless.
The second period is when the scoring started. Numminen got his first just before the two minute mark. New York answered just a minute after, when Darren Langdon put home a Nick Kypreos pass. Winnipegs power play then took over. After Jim Mckenzie put the Jets up one, Ed Olzcyk tipped a Deron Quint point shot between the legs of Glen Healey, on a power play for a two goal lead. Healey clearly frustrated by the screen in front of him fired the puck out of his net over the glass which put the Rangers back on the penalty kill. Winnipeg made Healey pay as Igor Korolev took a pass and slid a shot past the disgruntled goaltender for his 12th of the season and putting Winnipeg up 4-1. Winnipeg extended the lead with their third straight power play goal, Teemu Selanne put a rebound over Healey and sent Winnipeg to the third up 4 goals.
New York put on a bit of a charge in the third, scoring twice early getting goals from Robataille and Verbeek to close the gap. That was as close as they came however and Winnipegs captain Dallas Drake added an empty netter sending over 11 thousand fans home happy.
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