The Season to Remember opened last night as the Jets started their last season inWinnipeg with a 7-5 win over the Dallas Stars in front of 13,914 at the Winnipeg Arena last night.
Winnipeg came out somewhat flat for the home crowd in their final home opener, giving up the games opening score just 5:56 in on a shorthanded goal by Guy Carbonneau. Randy Carlyle tied the game 5 minutes later for the Jets beatingDallasgoaltender Andy Moog who had a rough night stopping just 27 of 33 shots, earning the loss. The home team then got 3 of the next 4 goals as Jason Doig scored to give the Jets the lead before Igor Korolev scored the first of his 2 first period goals, with Dallas’ Mike Kennedy scoring in between, which ended the first period with Winnipeg up 4-2
However the Stars came out flying in the second period racking up 3 goals in just under 3 minutes, all on the power play around the mid point of the period and went into the final stanza up one. Nikolai Khabibulin stepped up in the third and stopped all shots that faced him, finishing with 38 saves on 43 shots for his first win of the season, and the Jets offense took it from there, scoring 3 goals in the third to get the win. Alexei Zhamnov got the first to tie the game ten minutes into period, and Neil Wilkinson got the game winner with under 4 minutes on the clock shorthanded. Korolev put the fans on their feet once more before the final buzzer capping off his hat trick with an empty net tally.
The Jets were bolstered by the skills of their very young team, dressing 4 teenagers who made an immediate impact, each recording their first NHL points in the opening period They were led by the Winnipegs first round, 7th overall, draft pick from the Kamloops Blazers, Shane Doan who finished with 2 points.
The one dark spot in last nights game came during the second period after Jets captain Kris King and Doug Zmolek had a spirited fight, it appeared King slammed his opponents head into the ice, cutting Zmoleks forehead for 10 stitches. On the ensuing faceoff Stars tough guy Shane Corson started a full melee which led to 19 penalties in the second period and 91 total penalty minutes.
The Jets next action comes tomorrow night as the Anaheim Ducks are in town to open their season.