Video- The Winnipeg Jets Have Found A New Defenseman

Too bad it is goalie Al Montoya...
Via Kukla's Korner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Jets' Ondrej Pavelec to miss fourth straight game with LBI

Time is running out for the Winnipeg Jets to make a move to qualify for the playoffs.  So late in fact, that they've been forced to pull their goalie.Starting netminder Ondrej Pavelec was absolutely porous in his last four starts before suffering what the Jets are calling a lower-body injury, and his goals against average and save percentage both flirting with mediocrity...
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March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Jets defeat Avalanche 5-4 in OT

They’d denied following their morning skate earlier it was a must-win. But nobody was denying it Wednesday night. With their backs to the wall, the Winnipeg Jets kept their slim playoff hopes on life-support at the MTS Centre Wednesday night as winger Blake Wheeler got his first goal in 10 games at the most opportune of times — at 1:42 of overtime, giving his team a gritty...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

With Pavelec out, Jets recall Hutchinson

The injury to Ondrej Pavelec has forced the Winnipeg Jets to make a move. The Jets recalled goalie Michael Hutchinson from AHL St. John’s to take Pavelec’ spot on the roster. As Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press shares, Al Montoya will have to hold things down as the starter until Pavelec returns. Montoya will get the start in at least Winnipeg’s next two games on Sunday...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

TJ Oshie sells filthy fakeshot to beat Al Montoya in shootout

TJ Oshie, easily one of the NHL’s best shootout men, was at it again on Saturday. Oshie went forehand-backhand-forehand and sold a sick fakeshot to get Al Montoya to go down, promptly going upstairs for his league-leading seventh shootout goal of the season. We all can’t wait to see TJ wear the #74 sweater for Team USA next week in Sochi and hopefully win a Gold Medal. The post...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Winnipeg Jets Are In The Playoff Picture

from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press, It's a fair and timely question and one certainly worth asking right now about the Winnipeg Jets: Who the heck are these guys, anyway? Given up for dead three weeks ago, the Jets have ripped off the toe tag and jumped off the slab to get back into the Western Conference playoff discussion by going 8-2 in their first 10 games...
Via Kukla's Korner
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Jets slip past Canadiens 2-1

Michael Frolik scored in the third period to give the Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday afternoon. Tobias Enstrom also scored for the Jets and Al Montoya stopped 30 shots. Brian Gionta scored for Montreal. Carey Price, playing his second game in as many days, made 33 saves. Frolik scored the winner just over a minute into the third. After a Winnipeg...
Via AP on Fox
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Monday Morning Musings: Confidence Breeds Success

Confidence is infectious. Especially when the leader of the troops is emitting it as much as Ron Hainsey used to give the puck away (Sorry Ron). But the Winnipeg Jets are more confident when crossing the .500 percentage threshold. Add to that a 3-1 win against the Central Division leading Chicago Blackhawks in their own barn on Sunday night after being heavily outplayed...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Montoya leads Jets by Blackhawks 3-1

Al Montoya made 34 saves, Andrew Ladd scored his 150th goal and the Winnipeg Jets rallied to beat the slumping Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 on Sunday night. Blake Wheeler had two third-period goals as Winnipeg won for the second straight day and improved to 6-1 under new coach Paul Maurice. They also averted a season sweep by the Blackhawks, who won each of the first three games between...
Via AP on Fox
January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Loss clears path for Pavelec's return

Here's something to take from the Jets 4-3 loss in Ottawa, Thursday. At least it clears the way for goalie Ondrej Pavelec's return to the net, in Boston, Saturday. Not that Al Montoya was bad against the Sens. But had Montoya stood on his head and led the Jets to a fourth straight win, it would have been much harder to go back to Pavelec. Pavelec has to play this weekend...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Jets-Senators Preview

Al Montoya is a big reason why the Winnipeg Jets begin 2014 on a three-game winning streak. Coach Claude Noel still insists there isn't a brewing controversy in net. Montoya's impressive play may earn him the nod over Ondrej Pavelec on Thursday night when the Jets open a three-game Eastern Conference road trip against the Ottawa Senators. Winnipeg (19-18-5) is outscoring...
Via AP on Fox
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Jets' Montoya makes 27 saves, shuts out Sabres 3-0

Al Montoya made 27 saves and led the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. Keaton Ellerby, Jacob Trouba and Anthony Peluso provided all the offense necessary for Montoya, who earned his second shutout of the season. Winnipeg tied a season best with its third straight win. Montoya (8-2-1), making his second straight start after relieving No. 1...
Via AP on Fox
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

GARTH'S CORNER: Battle Of The Back-Ups

I told you yesterday about Ondrej Pavelec's past few days in Claude Noel's dog house. Tonight, Jhonas Enroth will look down the ice at Pavelec's under-study, Al Montoya. Montoya took over the Jets' net for Pavelec on Friday night vs. Minnesota after Pavelec was yanked after giving up three early goals. Montoya beat the Wild 6-4, then defeated the Colorado Avalanche...
Via HockeyBuzz
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Wheeler's goal lifts Jets over Avalanche 2-1 in OT

Blake Wheeler scored at 4:58 of overtime and the Winnipeg Jets beat the slumping Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Sunday night. Al Montoya stopped 32 shots and Andrew Ladd also scored for Winnipeg. Wheeler won it for the Jets when he shoved the puck past Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov with time ticking down in the extra period. Wheeler leads the team with 12 points (nine goals, three...
Via AP on Fox
December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Jets Woulds, Coulds, & Shoulds List

It's season three in Winnipeg and enough time has passed since the Jets returned to start a should, would, and could list for the team and franchise of the past two and change seasons as well as towards the present and future of the team.   Jacob Trouba should be in the running for the Calder Memorial Trophy. I have already written about this topic earlier in the...
Via Jets All Out
December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Jets top Wild in wild one

AL MONTOYA'S job on Friday night? If you've ever been the first one into the kitchen after a Christmas dinner, gravy and cranberry sauce smeared everywhere, that's kind of it. But Montoya, the 28-year-old veteran, did a fine job of cleaning up a festive first-period mess and emerged with his sixth win of the season after the Jets won the third period for a 6-4 victory...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Video- No Goal Columbus. Should It Have Been?

via the Situation Blog at, At 19:14 of the first period in the Jets/Blue Jackets game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Winnipeg net. The referee informed the Situation Room that Columbus forward Matt Calvert made incidental contact with goalie Al Montoya, preventing Montoya from doing his job in the crease. This is not a reviewable...
Via Kukla's Korner
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Scheifele pots 2-1 OT winner against Lightning

The Winnipeg Jets are turning to backup Al Montoya as they look to regroup against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jets starter Ondrej Pavelec has been good of late, but gave up five goals against the Florida Panthers on Thursday, so head coach Claude Noel opted to give Montoya his second start on this six-game road trip and seventh of the season. “(Montoya) has played good. I thought...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Montoya might have earned himself another start in net

IT is verboten, it seems, for any National Hockey League coach to give away any 'secrets' whatsoever for fear that information may come back to bite him and his team on the backside. But if Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel was ever going to give Al Montoya consecutive starts, tonight in Chicago screams out for it. Montoya was solid in Monday's 4-2 victory over Detroit...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Peter Tessier: The Full Monty let Mark Cut Like a Schief

There's a lot to talk about after tonight's game between the Winnipeg Jets and Detroit Red Wings at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. In what could have been another mind-numbing loss for the players and the fans the opposite happened with a soul-soothing 4-2 win. The Jets were lead by rookie centre Mark Scheifele and journeyman goal Al Montoya who set up and back stopped the...
Via HockeyBuzz
November 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Stastny's late goal lifts Avalanche over Jets 3-2

Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist in the third period, Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots, and the streaking Colorado Avalanche beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Sunday night. Matt Duchene and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche, who under coach Patrick Roy are 10-1 for the first time in franchise history. Gabriel Landeskog added two assists. Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little had...
Via AP on Fox
October 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Jets Montoya earns second career shutout

It’s supposed to be a tough gig being a little-used back-up goalie in the National Hockey League. A guy takes a pile of shots in the pre-game warmup and then dons a ball hat before playing doorman for his teammates while they come off the ice all night. But Al Montoya is good with all that. And the veteran netminder also has a very keen understanding of his role as Ondrej Pavelec’s...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Jets offence comes to life in win over Devils

Nobody knows for sure where the inspiration came from but the Winnipeg Jets looked like a far hungrier team on Sunday night. Whether it was the persistence of the penalty killers that had another perfect night the steady goaltending of backup Al Montoya the beyond-his-years maturity of rookie defenceman Jacob Trouba or the dogged determination of winger Evander Kane the Jets brought...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Kane, Montoya lead way for Jets

Al Montoya made 24 saves for his fourth NHL shutout and Evander Kane scored twice in the Winnipeg Jets' 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night. The Jets snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 3-3-0. Kane opened the scoring early in the second period, carrying the puck the length of the ice and banking it off Devils defenseman Andy Greene's leg...
Via AP on Fox
October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Montoya makes 24 saves, Jets beat Devils 3-0

Al Montoya made 24 saves for his fourth NHL shutout and Evander Kane scored twice in the Winnipeg Jets' 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night. The Jets snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 3-3-0. Kane opened the scoring early in the second period, carrying the puck the length of the ice and banking it off Devils defenseman Andy Greene's leg...
Via AP on Fox
October 13, 2013  |  Discuss

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