The Winnipeg Jets picked the perfect time to roll into Ottawa. The Senators, on an 8 game losing streak coming in, seemed to be the perfect opponent for the Jets who were badly in need of a win. Ottawa would not just roll over and surrender however, the teams played a very tight checking back and fourth game that was in question until the final buzzer, but thanks to some superb goaltending by Nikolai Khabibulin who seems to not have gotten a break in the last month and a half, starting 13 in a row, the Jets got a 3-1 win extending the Sens losing streak to 9 and moving the Jets to 4-7 on the road.
Khabibulin may only be halfway done his marathon season as the Jets have been and will be leaning on him all year, with the young core of the team and a slightly weak back end, Khabibulin has been and will continue to have to put this team on his back if they want any hope of making the playoffs. Khabibulin improved to 9-5 this year making 30 saves on the 31 shots fired his way. The only shot that made its way past came on a Daniel Alfreddson deflection with 6:54 left in the final period, cutting Winnipegs lead to 1 and setting the stage for an exciting end.
Winnipeg got all of their lead in the first, getting goals from Ed Olczyk and Shane Doan. Olczyk scored on an early power play finding a loose puck in front of the net and shoveling it by Sens goalie Don Beaupre. Doan extended the lead, accepting a pass on the right wing from Keith Tkachuk and blasting a shot between the legs of Beaupre giving the Jets a 2 goal lead heading to the second. Though dominating much of the rest game Ottawa could not beat Khabibulin until late in the third. After drawing to within one the Senators got some good pressure but were unable to find the twine again. Keith Tkachuk drove the stake into the heart of Ottawa sending an empty netter in from center ice giving Winnipeg the 3-1 win.
Winnipeg comes home November 26th to host Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers.
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