Change coming for Winnipeg Jets after early exit

WINNIPEG – General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff says an upcoming summer of “tough decisions” means changes are on the way for the Winnipeg Jets.Young stars such as Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor are due hefty raises now that their entry-level contracts are coming to an end, but the team was already near the US$79.5-million salary cap so some familiar faces may be gone to free up cash.Story continues below“We have some tough decisions to make this summer, a lot of them,” Cheveldayoff said Monday after exit meetings with players following the…

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NewsAlert: Jets eliminated from playoffs

ST. LOUIS – The Winnipeg Jets have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.Jaden Schwartz had a hat trick as the St. Louis Blues beat Winnipeg 3-2 on Saturday to take their first-round series in six games.Dustin Byfuglien and Bryan Little scored for the Jets.Game 6 was the first contest in the best-of-seven set won by the home team, with Winnipeg dropping all three games at Bell MTS Place.The Jets join the Flames as the second Canadian team ousted from the post-season after Calgary fell in five games to the…

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Jets confident they can force decider

WINNIPEG – Jacob Trouba hopes recent history will repeat itself for the Winnipeg Jets.The Jets face elimination from the playoffs in Saturday’s Game 6 in St. Louis, but the veteran defenceman and his teammates are drawing confidence from a pair of victories at Enterprise Center over the last week.“It’s the biggest game of the year so we’ve got to show up and we know we can do it,” Trouba said Friday after Winnipeg held an optional skate before flying to Missouri.Story continues below“We know we can play in there and…

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Blues score late to top Jets in Game 5

WINNIPEG – Jaden Schwartz scored with 15 seconds remaining in the third period, lifting the Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday and handing St. Louis a 3-2 series lead in their Western Conference quarterfinal.Ryan O’Reilly and Brayden Schenn also scored for the Blues, who host Game 6 of the best-of-seven series on Saturday. Jordan Binnington stopped 29 shots for St. Louis.Winnipeg was up 2-0 after the first period on goals by Adam Lowry and Kevin Hayes.Story continues belowConnor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for Winnipeg, which…

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Winnipeg native, Golden Knights forward Mark Stone up for Selke Trophy

Winnipeg’s Mark Stone was named as one of three finalists for the NHL’s Selke Trophy on Wednesday. The award is given to the best defensive forward.Here are your Selke Trophy nominees for the 2019 #NHLAwards presented by @Bridgestone. pic.twitter.com/SObkLIVsK8— NHL (@NHL) April 17, 2019The Vegas Golden Knights forward is up for the award for the first time in his career, after finishing sixth in voting in 2015 while a member of the Ottawa Senators.READ MORE: Winnipeg Jets’ Bryan Little nominated for NHL awardStory continues belowBoston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron and…

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Connor scores in OT as Jets beat Blues 2-1 to even series

ST. LOUIS – Kyle Connor scored 6:02 into overtime and the Winnipeg Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Tuesday night to tie their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series at two games apiece.Mark Scheifele also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves for the Jets, who arrived in St. Louis down 2-0. It is the only first-round series in which the home team has failed to win a game.Game 5 is Thursday night back in Winnipeg.Vladimir Tarasenko scored and Jordan Binnington made 37 saves for the Blues.Story continues belowConnor…

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Jets bounce back with 6-3 win over Blues

ST. LOUIS – Kyle Connor scored twice, Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 on Sunday night to climb back into their first-round playoff series.Winnipeg dropped the first two games by one goal, but got back on track in St. Louis. Kevin Hayes, Brandon Tanev and Dustin Byfuglien also scored, and Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves.Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in St. Louis.David Perron, Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen scored for the Blues, and Jordan…

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Oskar Sundqvist lifts Blues over Jets 4-3

WINNIPEG – Oskar Sundqvist scored twice to propel the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday in Game 2 of their Western Conference opening-round playoff series.The Blues lead the best-of-seven matchup 2-0 and host Game 3 on Sunday.Pat Maroon and Ryan O’Reilly, with the game-winner, also scored for St. Louis.Rookie netminder Jordan Binnington made 26 saves for the visitors.Story continues belowBlake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and one assist for Winnipeg. Patrik Laine also scored and Dustin Byfuglien contributed a pair…

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Bozak lifts Blues over Jets 2-1 in Game 1

WINNIPEG – Tyler Bozak scored with 2:05 left in the third period to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday in Game 1 of their Western Conference opening-round playoff series.Blues forward Pat Maroon sent a backhand pass from behind the net out to Bozak in the slot, whose quick shot went by Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck.Story continues below“I had a lot of chances tonight so I knew the puck was kind of following me around a bit,” said Bozak. “It’s always fun when…

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Jets believe they can soar in playoffs

WINNIPEG – Patrik Laine views the playoffs as a fresh start for himself. He’s not the only Jets player with that approach.Winnipeg isn’t exactly rolling as it heads into its first-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, going 4-5-1 in its final 10 regular-season games. The Blues, on the other hand, nearly ran the table, finishing 8-1-1.Laine admitted his confidence was low following an inconsistent regular season, but he’s optimistic going into Wednesday’s Game 1 at home.Story continues below“Based on my goal scoring it’s obviously not that high, but…

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