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Jets win in return to Winnipeg

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

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Jets win in return to Winnipeg
Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Winnipeg Jets 6
WINNIPEGWinnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel asserted that his club's preseason opener with the Columbus Blue Jackets had the feel of a Stanley Cup final game and barely an eyebrow moved.

The media throng on hand for the NHL's return after a 15-year absence did not question Noel's assessment on an evening that featured plenty of subplots flanking the long-awaited contest.

Winnipeg fans had long ago memorized this date, and to add further to the night's events, brotherly pairings and matchups, plus a clash between coaches who once swapped jobs, served as storylines.

And Winnipeg first-round selection Mark Scheifele topped off the evening for Jets fans with a four-point effort that included a pair of goals in a 6-1 victory at the MTS Centre.

"I thought he was great," Noel said of his 18-year-old centerman. "I thought he played with tremendous poise. He looked like the best player on the ice, to be honest with you."

Scheifele admitted to nerves during the pre-game warmup.

"Once I got adapted," Scheifele explained, "and got my legs going ... it just helped a lot. To get four points is unbelievable."

The teams also had another set of rosters playing in Columbus, where the Blue Jackets returned the favor with a 5-1 decision at Nationwide Arena.

Winnipeg fans filled the MTS Centre with a sold-out crowd of 15,003 that roared from the moment the Jets hit the ice for warmup and rarely rested over the course of the evening. Fans screamed the city's ubiquitous "Go Jets Go" chant countless times.

"I think this is going to be the loudest building in the League," predicted Columbus right wing Derek Dorsett, who collected 20 of the teams' collective 90 penalty minutes.

The preseason contest has dominated headlines in Winnipeg in recent days, and Winnipeg's normally tranquil downtown was jammed several hours before the opening faceoff.

Homegrown talent saw ice time for both teams. Winnipeg dressed four Manitobans – Winnipeggers Kevin Clark and Jason Gregoire, plus provincial sons Troy Bodie and rookie Shayne Wiebe. Columbus coach Scott Arniel started Manitoban left wing Matt Calvert for the Blue Jackets.

Dustin Byfuglien, already a fan favorite, delivered two thundering hits seconds after the opening faceoff. Then at the 37-second mark, Byfuglien squared off with Columbus prospect Cody Bass while his defense partner, Mark Stuart, tangled with the Blue Jackets' Dane Byers.

Winnipeg's highly-touted blue line prospect Paul Postma delivered the first Jets' goal since April 1996, when he flung a shot from the high point that slipped over Curtis Sanford's right shoulder.

"It was a blast to be a part of that," Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd said. "Buff was kind of ornery there at the start. The atmosphere of the crowd got guys going. It's going to be a tough place for everyone to come in and play."

Scheifele, the seventh-overall selection in this past June's Entry Draft gave the home crowd more reason to cheer when he tucked the rebound of a Byfuglien shot from the edge of Sanford's crease.

"Scheif, welcome to the NHL," Byfuglien said. "Wow, the kid was amazing."

The second period saw 19-year-old Columbus centerman Ryan Johansen, taken fourth overall in the 2010 Entry Draft, settle down the rambunctious crowd when he stamped Alex Giroux's slot feed past Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec to halve the Columbus deficit.

But Clark, last season a member of the city's former club, the Manitoba Moose, put away the Blue Jackets late in the second period. Scheifele saucered a pass from along the right boards that Clark batted out of the air and past Sanford for a 3-1 Winnipeg lead.

Then Ivan Telegin's goal with 15 minutes to play further riled up the home crowd before Scheifele jammed home his second goal for a 5-1 lead. Ladd added a late goal.

"The first two minutes was wild," Noel said. "The whole night was wild. It was pretty impressive. Even the wave was going, up and down. I almost got carried away."

The night's two bench bosses share a common history. Noel landed in Winnipeg in June 2010 after the Blue Jackets did not retain him following a brief stint as the team's interim coach. The man who replaced him, Arniel, came to the Blue Jackets from the Winnipeg, where he had piloted the American League's Manitoba Moose.

Arniel's departure from Winnipeg led to Noel taking the Moose opening. After one season with the Moose, Noel set himself up well when the Jets needed to fill their coaching vacancy this past June after the club's arrival in Manitoba.

With his ties to the Moose and the former Winnipeg Jets, the local fans proved quite familiar to Arniel.

"The atmosphere was electric," Arniel said. "We knew it was going to be loud, and it was."
scoring summary
1st Period
07:49
WPG
PPG - Paul Postma (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Dustin Byfuglien (1), Andrew Ladd (1)
1 - 0 WPG
16:50
WPG
Mark Scheifele (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ben Maxwell (1), Dustin Byfuglien (2)
2 - 0 WPG
2nd Period
09:19
CBJ
Ryan Johansen (1) Snap shot - ASST: Derek MacKenzie (1), Alexandre Giroux (1)
2 - 1 WPG
16:34
WPG
Kevin Clark (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Mark Scheifele (1), Paul Postma (1)
3 - 1 WPG
3rd Period
04:43
WPG
Ivan Telegin (1) Snap shot - ASST: Mark Scheifele (2), Mark Stuart (1)
4 - 1 WPG
10:34
WPG
PPG - Mark Scheifele (2) Snap shot - ASST: Paul Postma (2), Nik Antropov (1)
5 - 1 WPG
13:43
WPG
Andrew Ladd (1) Snap shot - ASST: Nik Antropov (2), Paul Postma (3)
6 - 1 WPG
penalty summary
1st Period
00:37
CBJ
Dane Byers  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Mark Stuart
00:37
CBJ
Cody Bass  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Dustin Byfuglien
00:37
WPG
Dustin Byfuglien  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Cody Bass
00:37
WPG
Mark Stuart  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Cody Bass
01:18
WPG
Ben Maxwell  Tripping  - 2 min against  Alexandre Giroux
02:08
CBJ
Alexandre Giroux  Hooking  - 2 min against  Nik Antropov
03:24
CBJ
Aaron Johnson  Interference  - 2 min against  Janne Pesonen
07:00
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Hooking  - 2 min against  Ben Maxwell
13:27
WPG
Troy Bodie  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Cody Bass
13:27
CBJ
Cody Bass  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Troy Bodie
20:00
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Roughing  - 2 min against  Dustin Byfuglien
20:00
WPG
Dustin Byfuglien served by Shayne Wiebe  Roughing  - 2 min against  Derek Dorsett
20:00
WPG
Dustin Byfuglien  Roughing  - 2 min against  Derek Dorsett
2nd Period
03:53
WPG
Brett Festerling  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Ryan Russell
04:14
WPG
Jason Gregoire  Holding  - 2 min against  Grant Clitsome
04:37
CBJ
Grant Clitsome  Slashing  - 2 min against  Alexander Burmistrov
07:05
CBJ
Derek MacKenzie  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Ben Maxwell
10:57
CBJ
Cody Bass  Game misconduct  - 10 min
10:57
CBJ
Cody Bass  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Patrice Cormier
10:57
WPG
Patrice Cormier  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Cody Bass
11:55
WPG
Brett Festerling  Roughing  - 2 min against  Derek Dorsett
11:55
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Roughing  - 2 min against  Brett Festerling
11:55
CBJ
Derek Dorsett served by Martin St Pierre  Roughing  - 2 min against  Brett Festerling
11:55
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min against  Brett Festerling
18:14
WPG
Zach Bogosian  Hooking  - 2 min against  Matt Calvert
3rd Period
02:25
WPG
Jason Gregoire  Holding  - 2 min against  Matt Calvert
05:06
WPG
Mark Stuart  Interference  - 2 min against  Derek MacKenzie
07:56
CBJ
Ryan Johansen  Slashing  - 2 min against  Andrew Ladd
09:31
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Boarding  - 2 min against  Ben Maxwell
goalie stats
Curtis Sanford
SA: 35TOI: 59:55
GA: 6SV%: .829
David Aebischer
SA: 9TOI: 20:00
GA: 0SV%: 1.000
Ondrej Pavelec
SA: 18TOI: 39:42
GA: 1SV%: .944