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Beyak: Solid win vs. Capitals gives Jets more to build on

Dennis Beyak
11/18/2011 1:33:27 AM
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Since Monday's win over Tampa, coaches and players in the Jets dressing room have talked about, "it's only one game. We have to build off that win."

But with Thursday's win over Washington, that may well change to "it's only two games, we have to build on that."

And the next opportunity comes Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers. You can listen live on TSN 1290.

The Jets beat the Capitals 4-1 in front of a sold out, very excited MTS centre crowd on Thursday.

The Capitals scored first (on an off-side that was missed), with Alexander Semin getting his fourth goal of the season.

Evander Kane tied it less than four minutes later though and gave the Jets the lead in the second. The Jets followed with power play goals from Blake Wheeler (his first goal of the year) and Kyle Wellwood to lead 4-1 after two, and that was it for the scoring.

Kane has now had six two goal games in his career, but has yet to record a hat trick. He has a team leading eight goals on the year.

For Wheeler it was a sense of relief. His goal was the turning point of the game because it came seconds after Brooks Laich shot high on a 2-on-0 shorthanded chance for the Caps that would have tied the game.

Wellwood now has six goals on 22 shots this. Last year he managed just five goals on 50 shots in the 35 games he played in the NHL.

The Jets were 2-for-5 on the power play Thursday, marking the fourth time this year they have scored twice with the man advantage in a game. More importantly, they were 5-for-5 on the penalty kill, including another lengthy 5-on-3 hold.

They are now 15-for-15 on the PK in the last three games. The two man disadvantage was the ninth time this year they have been short a pair.

Was it a great call, no, but, eventually this has to stop. And the sooner the better.

Ondre Pavelec was terrific, AGAIN.

Two of his four shutouts last year were against the Caps.

This leads to the game against the Flyers. Do they keep going with Pavelec who has started 11 in a row? Or do they go with Chris Mason? Play Mason and you give Pavelec a six day break.

Your call coach.

The Jets did a great job against Alex Ovechkin and the top players of the Caps in the win.

"We got the match ups we wanted," said coach Claude Noel in his post game news conference. "It's a nightmare to give that group a 5-on-3, but the guys are playing for each other and we killed it off.

"Hard to pick a bad player, we weren't perfect but as long as we work together and cover up for each other we can survive it."

"We always seem to play well against top teams," said Evander Kane in a TSN Jets interview.

"We had some great games early and didn't win," added coach Noel. "Tough to convince the guys that is how we want to play when you don't get the results."

Zac Bogosian meanwhile is becoming a dominant player.

He had over 20 minutes of ice time after two periods and finished at 27:29. This for a guy that a day earlier was questionable after being banged up against Tampa.

Same goes for Jim Slater. In the morning it looked like he wouldn't be able to go, but he played over 16 minutes and did a great job.

Bryan Little won 10 of 16 faceoffs and Alexander Burmistrov made two defensive plays that saved sure goals.

On the injury front, Ron Hainsey got through an entire practice today and is close to returning. Eric Fehr may get in as early as Saturday. Because of injuries Jets have used 12 defenceman this year.

Michal Neuvirth took the loss for the Caps. Last time Neuvirth played at MTS Centre, he and his Hershey Bears teammates won the Calder Cup. That was game 6 in the 2009 AHL finals.

The Bloggers: TSN Radio 1290 broadcasters Dennis Beyak and Brian Munz cover the Winnipeg Jets all season long. Manitoba-native Beyak is the play-by-play announcer for Jets regional games on TSN Jets and on TSN Radio 1290. Munz serves as a commentator for Jets broadcasts on TSN Radio 1290. Munz had previously been the voice of the Manitoba Moose.

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