When you’re sitting at home and a few minutes away from a home game, what do you do?
You head for the TV.
That’s exactly what the Winnipeg Jets did when they watched their team win the first of two Stanley Cup finals in front of a home crowd of nearly 2,000 fans.
The Jets had just won their fourth Stanley Cup since 1992 when they hosted the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
After watching the Jets sweep the Rangers 3-1 in overtime, Jets coach Paul Maurice headed to the TV set to watch a game that featured a team that, just a few years ago, was just another Eastern Conference team in a long line of the teams that made it to the finals.
It was one of the greatest Stanley Cup triumphs in Jets history.
“They had a great team,” Maurice said of the New Jersey Devils.
“You saw how good they were.
They’re a great hockey team.
It is the greatest team that we’ve ever had.” “
The way they play, they’re a team of superstars.
It is the greatest team that we’ve ever had.”
The Jets finished the regular season with the best record in the NHL, with 82 points, and now they’ll face the Anaheim Ducks for the Stanley Cup as well as a home series against the Dallas Stars.
They were playing their second game in a row in Winnipeg on Saturday, a home-and-home series against Toronto that had to be postponed due to Hurricane Andrew.
“I’m pretty happy with the way they played,” Jets forward Blake Wheeler said.
“Obviously they’re not getting as many points as they want to, but they’re still playing a great game.
We’re trying to get to a point where we can play the best hockey we can and we’ve got to make sure we’re at our best every night.”
Wheeler and the rest of the Jets were able to get a boost when defenseman Dustin Byfuglien went down with an upper-body injury that required surgery.
Byfunglien was playing the second of two games against the Hurricanes on Friday night when he went down after taking a puck to the head.
By Fugliens first NHL goal came off a play where the Jets defenseman was able to clear a loose puck and put it behind the net to give Winnipeg a 3-2 lead.
But after taking the puck to his head, he was checked for a loose ball, which caused him to fall to the ice.
By doing that, the puck hit his helmet and made contact with his right eye, which led to a concussion.
By the end of the second period, Byfuga was playing for the first time in seven games.
The next goal was the game-winning goal of the series.
Byffuglians goal came with 1:08 remaining in the third period, and the Jets led 4-1.
The Ducks had their best chance to get back in the game with about 1:10 left, but Winnipeg’s power play missed on an odd-man rush and the puck bounced off the net.
The Canucks went ahead 3-0 in the final period and went on to win it 3-3.
With a 3rd and 8, the Jets got their first shot at a goal, but a goalie interference call allowed the puck into the empty net.
Winnipeg was up 3-all when Brandon Prust got a pass from Winnipeg defenseman Michael Hutchinson, but his stick-handling and positioning was a bit off.
Prust took a shot from the point and was whistled for a roughing penalty, giving the Canucks a 2-0 lead.
Winnipeg answered with a goal of their own in the 4th and 5th.
Winnipeg forward Blake Decker was the last of the Canucks lineup to score, and he took a pass and was knocked off his feet by Winnipeg defenseman Zach Parise.
Parise went down hard with a knee injury and Parise fell down to the ground and was helped off the ice by the Canucks medical staff.
Parises return date is still up in the air.
With two games remaining, the final two games of the regular-season series are set for Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p..m., with the Jets going to Winnipeg for the final game.
“We’ve been through it before, but it’s been an incredible experience,” Winnipeg forward Zachary Fucale said.
By going back to Winnipeg, the Winnipeg native feels like he’s been through this before.
“It was a big step for me,” Fucales said.
It wasn’t the first step for Fucali.
“When you’re going through something like this, you want to just keep moving forward and not be disappointed with yourself.
I know this is a great experience and it’s going to be a great memory for me and my family,” Fuccales said, laughing. “For me,