It’s a chilly, windy morning here in Winnipeg today, but Jets fans here are positively glowing and giddy after last night’s 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders in front of, well, a crowd. Or at least two-thirds of one. After seeing the masses packed into the MTS Centre for Jets home games, it’s still a bit of a shock to see so many empty seats (although it’s not shocking that a hockey team from Winnipeg wouldn’t be a huge draw on a Wednesday night in Long Island, I suppose).
It was all Evander Kane and Ondrej Pavelec, as the former potted a Gordie Howe hat trick - we’re still calling a goal, assist and fight in one game the Gordie Howe hat trick, right? - and the latter posted a 34-save shutout. “Ondrej the Giant” was a nice touch on the Jets’ website this morning, a welcome relief from any aviation-related metaphors.
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