Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Friday, March 22

Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Nosek, right, celebrates after scoring against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher).

Gooooooooodddddd Morning

If you PVR’d the Jets game in Vegas last night. Don’t ruin your Friday. Just hit delete. All the Winnipeggers who made the trip to Sin City would have probably enjoyed a trip to the craps table over what they saw at T-Mobile Arena. Because the Jets played the craps in losing 5-0 to the Golden Knights.

It was 2-0 before the game was 8 1/2 minutes old- and early n the second Laurent Brossoit came out of the game when Vegas made it 3-0, but because of a lower body injury according to Head Coach Paul Maurice. So we should probably expect Eric Comrie to be summoned from Colorado, where the Moose open a road trip tonight – to backup Connor Hellebuyck tomorrow night at 6 p.m. versus Nashville. And a win over the Predators will wash away a good chunk of the disappointment of last night for most Jet fans.

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Nashville dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to Pittsburgh to cut Winnipeg’s Central Division lead to 2 points. And St. Louis is 6 points back after dumping Detroit 5-2. Great night for the Blues Ivan Barbashev, as his family came in from Russia to take in their first NHL game, and the former Moncton Junior scored his first career hat trick.

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Colorado bumped Arizona from the No. 2 Wild Card in the West as the Avalanche were 3-1 winners in Dallas while the Coyotes came up short 4-2 in Florida. And Montreal also traded places with Columbus for the last playoff berth in the East as the Habs shutout the Islanders 4-0, and Columbus lost 4-1 at Edmonton.

Tampa Bay picked up their 58th win of the season, scoring 4 times in the third period to double Carolina 6-3. Calgary now has a 5-point lead over San Jose in the battle to be best in the West as the Flames rolled over Ottawa 5-1 and the Sharks lost 4-2 at LA.

Boston drilled the Devils 5-1 and Philadelphia kept their slim hopes alive, while costing Chicago 2 valuable points by beating the Blackhawks 3-1 behind the 40 save effort of Carter Hart. Imagine where the Flyers might have been had they started the season with Hart, instead of Brian Elliott, Micheal Neuvirth, Anthony Stolarz, Cam Talbot, Cal Pickard, Mike McKenna, or Alex Lyon.

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Edmonton Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson has reached out to Tobias Reider to apologize for the incredibly insulting comments he made about the veteran forward at a Thursday morning breakfast for Oiler season ticket holders. Nicholson belittled Reider for not scoring any goals this season, and said the Oilers might be in a playoff position if Rieder had cashed-in on a few of his many chances. I’d say the damage has been done.

Transcona tied their MMJHL quarterfinal at 2-2 with a 6-5 win over St. Vital, and the Winnipeg Wild opened the Manitoba Midget League championship series with a 6-3 win over Brandon as Tyler Thoendel led the way with a hat trick. Game two of that series is set for Saturday Night in Brandon.


A couple of Canadians showcased their talents in the Florida State Seminoles 76-69 win over Vermont on the opening day of March Madness.

Burlington, Ontario’s Mfiondu Kabengele came off the bench and posted a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Seminoles while Toronto-born guard Stef Smith was one of three Vermont players to score 15 points.


Missisauga’s Bianca Andreescu avoided a “one and done” scenario at the Miami Open — rallying from being down a set and trailing 5-1 in the second — for a come from behind victory over Irina- Camelia Begu in her first match after winning it all last weekend at Indian Wells.

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Canada’s Chelsea Carey lost 5-3 to Anna Hasselborg of Sweden this morning at the World Women’s Curling Championship in Denmark and is now 5-6 and pretty much needs a miracle to make the playoff round.

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