SAN JOSE, Calif. — It was one of those nights where it didn’t seem to matter which team the Jets were playing.
At times it looked like the men versus the boys as the Jets took on the Sharks, but Winnipeg did what it has done on several occasions this year: Show no fear and run with the league’s big dogs. Thanks to a splendid evening from Blake Wheeler, who had a goal and two assists, the Jets emerged with a 4-3 victory.
Toby Enstrom had the winner on the power play with 3:36 remaining in the third period on a beautiful feed from Wheeler.
A few other thoughts from Thursday in Silicon Valley:
• Dustin Byfuglien tied a career high with his 20th goal on his 29th birthday. There’s a chance the Jets could have six 20-goal scorers this season, which would be somewhat surprising but at the same time positive for the future.
• The win for the Jets didn’t gain them any ground, however, as the Phoenix Coyotes won in a shootout over New Jersey.
• The one good thing for the Jets when it comes to facing these tough Western Conference teams is a lot of them are coming off road trips themselves. The Sharks got back from Alberta late on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, and the L.A. Kings are just getting back from an East Coast trip. The Ducks are in Alberta right now, too.
• The SAP Center crowd is very knowledgeable and very into the game. It’s a loud building, relatively speaking of course. There were plenty of Jets fans in the building, too, and I expect those numbers will only increase as we head to southern California.
• Wonder where the Jets go from here with Devin Setoguchi? There are only eight games remaining, but I assume they will put him back in the lineup to finish the season.
• Just realized each stop on Winnipeg’s five-game trip features a warmer climate than the one before it.
• Here are a few pictures from Thursday …
It was a beautiful day in San Jose, home to SAP Center (aka the Shark Tank).
Boy, it sure doesn’t take long for your family to forget about you when you’re out of town. Did some Skyping this afternoon with my kids, but they got bored quickly and left. This was my view of the ceiling for a couple of minutes.
Since when did the U.S. have a dollar coin that is actually used in transactions?