It was all great last night as the Winnipeg Jets managed to win 3-2 in overtime over the Anaheim Ducks and at the same time, ended up hitting 100 points for the first time in franchise history. It also marked the second straight game the Jets rookie, Kyle Connor scored the overtime winner. Connor had both goals in Winnipeg's 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
Positive, good vibes. They were doomed to follow and still be present at the Jets' practice on Saturday afternoon, right? WRONG.
According to many media members present at the morning skate, including Sportsnet's Mark Spector, a scrap broke out in the middle of practice with captain Blake Wheeler at the centre of it. It appears that Wheeler was going after defenseman Ben Chariot, and that Mark Scheifele was also involved in the incident.
Practice ended abruptly following the scrap, as Spector noted that Wheeler left towards the dressing room with a "welt near left eye". The captain reportedly tossed his helmet on the bench before leaving the ice.
According to Scott Billeck of NHL.com, the series of events that led to the scrap are quite odd. Billeck noted on his Twitter account that "it appears that Wheeler took a slap shot at Chiarot. Then it looks like Scheifele cross-checked Chiarot and then Wheeler stepped in and began throwing punches at Chiarot."
Head coach Paul Maurice was having none of it, yelling at his players to break it off and then putting an end to the Jets' practice.
After the scuffle, Chariot used the classic excuse of "boys being boys" when asked about what took place on the ice between the blue liner and his captain. Adam Lowry added that the team is already joking about the fight.
Winnipeg hosts the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators on Sunday. Let's hope the team chemistry is back on track then, and also for the rest of the regular calendar and the postseason.
The Jets currently sit in the second place of the Central division, just behind the Nashville Predators. However, the 100-point plateau is a great feat for the Jets, who registered 99 points in 2014-15 before being swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Ducks.
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