How The Skate Turns is a long way from network TV or any reality channel but it aptly describes the daily drama for the Winnipeg Jets in their last two games.

Friday, with an odd morning start in Philadelphia, Jets right-winger Blake Wheeler’s skate was angled just the right way for the Flyers to get off to a, well, flying start in the first minute and the Jets never sufficiently recovered in a 2-1 defeat.

Monday in the Big Apple, Wheeler’s teammate Chris Thorburn had his blade turned just so against the boards behind the New York Rangers net, and the puck went dreamily off of it and right to Jets centre Olli Jokinen, who was unchecked in front.

Winnipeg’s third victory in four road games was delivered on that angled puck and goal with less than eight minutes remaining, snapping a 2-2 deadlock and sending the visitors to a 5-2 triumph.
"That’s my style, get some pucks in deep and create some forecheck," Thorburn said, relishing the new role Monday on a line with Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi. "He (Setoguchi) ripped it around the wall and I got lucky with my skate angle the right way and Jokes was the third guy high."

There was also an important in-game turn on Monday night. Forward John Albert, called up from the St. John’s IceCaps, played his first NHL game and had a disaster start, scored on during his first shift. But he redeemed that lowlight with his first NHL goal half-way through the game.

Winnipeg, now 13-12-4, has two more games to go on this road trip, Thursday in Sunrise, Fla., against the Panthers and Saturday in Tampa against the Lightning.

"We managed the game way better," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "We played a lot stronger. At pretty much all points of the game I thought we had confidence in our group.

"We were patient with it and it ended up turning our way. Now we move down to Florida with some real joy in our world."