For the first time since 1987 the Winnipeg Jets have started a season with 2 straight wins as they defeated the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-3 last night in front of another strong crowd at theWinnipegarena.
The Jets, coming off their first game victory over the Dallas Stars hosted Anaheim for their season opener and the teams treated the Winnipeg crowd to a very tightly fought, hard hitting game. Anaheim came out hard and caught the Jets flat footed scoring two goals before the game was 3 minutes old, the first by Paul Kariya and second by Mike Sillinger after Darren Turcotte took a holding penalty for the Jets. Turcotte made up for that early penalty though as he tied the game 9 minutes in after Darryl Shannon had opened the scoring forWinnipeg.
Kris King who expected to be suspended for tonights game after his incident with Doug Zmolek in the Jets season opener found out just hours before the game that he would be allowed to play, and he made an impact in the second sliding the puck past Ducks goaltender Guy Hebert to give Winnipeg the lead going into the final period. Anaheim came out hard in the third notching a power play marker just under three minutes in to tie the game at 3, but the comeback was not to be for the Ducks as Igor Korolev scored his 4th goal of the season with 7 minutes left as he banged in a the rebound of a Teemu Selanne shot on the power play, and the Jets never looked back.
Jets goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin picked up his second win of the season making 29 saves on 32 shots, Guy Hebert took the loss for Anaheim surrendering 4 goals on 29 shots. Winnipeg forward Keith Tkachuk left the game early in the second with an apparent groin injury and will be re-evaluated tomorrow. He is expected to miss the Jets trip to New York October 11th where they face the Rangers in their next contest.