Joe Nieuwendyk Sets Career High


For the second straight season, Winnipeg star forward Joe Nieuwendyk set a new career high in points and is on the brink of a personal best in goals.

Thursday evening, the Jets went into Edmonton to take on the Oilers and a tight game through two periods turn chaotic in the third where a total of eight goals were scored between the two teams.  Heading into the third period, the Jets held a 3-2 lead. However, less than four minutes into the period, the two teams were tied at four goals apiece.


The two teams took a break for a few minutes in scoring and then Winnipeg exploded with four consecutive goals, which included Dave Ellett potting a hat trick to catch Mathieu Schneider in goals by a defenseman on the season.  Winnipeg would eventually walk out with an astonishing 8-5 victory.

Amongst the goals, Joe Nieuwendyk scored his 35th goal of the season, while adding an additional three assists to creep past the 80-point mark on the season for the first time in his career.  During the game, the former first overall pick passed his personal best he set in 1994 of 79.


With just seven games left in the season, can the Winnipeg forward make a drive to get to 90-points on the season, it will be tough as he will need to stay healthy and collected nine points.