Tricky, young Alexander Burmistrov assisted on both goals -- including the ice-breaker just eight seconds into the game -- while Ondrej Pavelec stopped 28 of 29 shots to get the victory.
With one win in the bank, we wonder if these Jets can take off. We'll have to tune in Wednesday when Winnipeg travels to Toronto for a confrontation with the Leafs.
For now, here's the latest edition of the Tuesday 10:
SOG: 5 | +/-: -3
Tampa's penalty-killing crew also has been stretched due to the club's undisciplined play in the early part of the season. Through six games, the Lightning have been short-handed a League-high 36 times. By comparison, the Penguins, who have played one more game, have skated down a man 14 fewer times.
Tampa Bay will spend the next few days trying to tighten things up in preparation for a Thursday visit from the Islanders, who slammed the Lightning 5-1 on Long Island on Oct. 13.
"Just embarrassing," Smithson told Josh Cooper of The Tennessean. "We just got out-worked. It was right from the drop of the puck. If it wasn't for Peks (goalie Pekka Rinne), it could have been 5-1.
"It seems like I've been saying that every time now, but it's the honest truth -- we rely on this guy (Rinne) way too much. We don't work, we don't skate, we don't forecheck -- we have a hard-working team that doesn't work hard and I don't know. It's beyond frustrating right now. I've never been a part of something like this.
"It's got to change right now or we're going to be on the outside looking in -- December we'll be out of this. We have to change it right now."
They'll get a chance to turn things around when they meet the Canucks in Vancouver on Thursday. You remember, of course, the Canucks eliminated the Predators in the second round of the playoffs last spring.
NHL Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan and his team closely reviewed the hit before opting against a ban. They felt the hit, which occurred a half-second after Pominville released the puck, was just within the time frame they view as permissible. The group considers a hit that times-out to be more than a half-second after a player has last touched the puck to be late. In this case, Allen's hit occurred on the very outer limit of that window, according to the stop watch.
Those split-second fractions that we're talking about here really remind you of just how fast these games are played.
There a few other things that worked in Allen's favor. He did not make contact with Pominville's head; it was a full-body hit; Pominville didn't sustain an injury on the play. Also, there was a feeling that Pominville put himself into a vulnerable position by looking down for a puck in his skates.
A former Division III player at Amherst College, Hulsizer could be a hands-on owner.
"He has a lot of ideas about the game and how a franchise should value its players," said one well-placed source. "He's not going to be a shrinking violet when it comes to running the team."
Previous to his interest in the Blues, the Chicago-based businessman had hoped to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes.
If Hulsizer and the group currently running the Blues can continue to move forward in the legal process, the League's Board of Governors could take up the transaction at their meeting on Dec. 5-6 in Pebble Beach, Calif.
SOG: 16 | +/-: 6
Also, Kessel appears to be more dug-in during the opening days of the season. Leafs coach Ron Wilson has noticed the effort and rewarded Kessel with important minutes protecting leads late in games. Kessel's plus-6 rating trails only team captain Dion Phaneuf (plus-8) on the Leafs' roster.
Kessel and linemates Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul have combined for 17 points and a plus-16 rating, helping the Leafs to a 3-0-1 start.
Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture have combined for no goals and 4 assists. I can't imagine that's the kind of start that any of them were looking to have.
At some point during their upcoming six-game road swing (which begins Friday in New Jersey), San Jose will get a boost from the addition of talented right wing Martin Havlat, who is waiting to get medical clearance to return to action. Acquired from the Wild in July, Havlat has been recovering from off-season surgery on his left shoulder. He has been skating and practicing with the team for a while, but hasn't yet received the go-ahead from the Cleveland-based surgeon who performed the procedure.
Starting goalie Antti Niemi made his season debut in the club's 3-2 home loss to the Ducks on Monday. Niemi, who didn't play during the preseason after having a cyst removed from an area near his right knee just prior to the opening of training camp, turned back 19 of 22 shots in a losing effort.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Jones took advantage of his first real NHL opportunity last season, scoring a career-best 27 goals. He looks like he might be ready to challenge that number this season.
SOG: 12 | +/-: 2
It seems he's found some chemistry with clever center Paul Stastny, which bodes well for Jones. And if you're looking for a fantasy-league sleeper (if you can call someone who scored 27 goals in a season a sleeper), Jones might be your guy.
If they're going to get that elusive first win, they'll need goaltender Steve Mason to deliver a solid performance. In his five starts, Mason has been a lot like the rest of his teammates -- mediocre at best. His 3.40 goals-against average and .889 save percentage rank him in the bottom-third of League goaltenders. He's going to have to be much better -- and real soon -- if the Jackets are to have a chance to get back on track in the West.