As part of our “Season in Review” series, I’ll be recapping the memorable games of the 2011-12 Winnipeg Jets inaugural season.
In the last post, I took a look at “The Games That Got Away”, this post is the exact opposite of that.
These were the games that were never in hand, the games that weren’t even a game at all, the games that were just degrading to watch as a Jets fan.
Oct 9 2011 vs. Montreal – Montreal 5 Winnipeg 1
It was the first regular season NHL game played in Winnipeg in fifteen years. It was a celebration of NHL’s return to Winnipeg.
However, the joy of Winnipeg fans went sour 3:05 into the game when Mike Cammalleri quieted the fans with the first goal of the game.
The Jets looked unorganized, unskilled, they were reminiscente of the District 5 Ducks (The Mighty Ducks before Gordon Bombay became Head Coach and got them new equipment).
Carey Price had brought his “A” game stopping all shots in the first two periods. Going into the third period we thought of the worst possible scenario, what if the Jets didn’t score in their first game.
Nik Antropov gave fans a reason to cheer at 2:27 into the 3rd. The iconic goal would be immortalized on a postage stamp and remembered by Jets fans forever.
Even though the Jets had been dominated, fans gave the new team a standing ovation as they skated off the ice.
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