CHICAGO - On Wednesday night, the Winnipeg Jets will be rewarded for their amazing season by having their banner raised to the rafters of the Winnipeg Arena. But before that, they ensured that they would end the preseason on a high note.
Down 3-0 in the second, the Jets struck for five unanswered goals - including two from Brooks Laich - to up-end the Blue Demons 5-3 in Chicago.
"It was important to end the preseason on a high note," said Laich. "You never want to lose, even in the preseason, so it's good to go into the regular season with a win."
Chicago jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on Jason Spezza's power play goal at 3:29 and Nigel Dawes' second at 12:47. Rob Flick then scored his first at the six-minute mark of the second to put the Blue Demons up 3-0.
But it was at that point that things turned around for the Jets. Laich's power play goal at 9:14 put Winnipeg on the board and then Daniel Alfredsson's fifth at 13:18 cut Chicago's lead to 3-2 entering the third.
Bryan Little then got on the board for the first time in the preseason at 2:27 of the third to tie it at 3, and then after a Laich hooking call, it was Pavel Datsyuk scoring a shorthanded goal at 6:39 to put the Jets ahead 4-3. Laich's second of the game and fifth of the preseason at 13:42 capped the scoring and gave the Jets the win.
HUSE THE BOSS - Kristian Huselius scored two goals as the Oakland Seals topped the Sharks 3-1 in Las Vegas.
BABCHUK THE BOOGIE - Anton Babchuk's goal in round seven of the shootout led the Ottawa Rough Riders to a 2-1 win in Quebec over the Red Devils.
STILL THE ONE - Cory Stillman's hat trick led the way for the Calgary Inferno as they drubbed the St. Louis Smugglers 6-1 at home.
2014 XHL REGULAR SEASON
Wednesday, December 11 - Simming at aprox. 11:47 AM EST - All times Eastern - Jersey color in parentheses
New England (white) at Winnipeg (blue) - 8 PM - NBCSN, CBC
Ottawa (black) at Los Angeles (white) - 10:30 PM - NBCSN, CBC