WINNIPEG — This is the Winnipeg Jets’ calling card.
To put it in the simplest terms possible, it’s how they roll.
Go ahead and call it the art of the rebound.
There’s a maturity within this group, a genuine belief they are never out of the game no matter what the scoreboard displays and a willingness to do whatever it takes to minimize the valleys during this gruelling and compressed 56-game season.
Sure, the Jets missed an opportunity to tie a season-high with four consecutive victories Saturday night, but they weren’t about to allow the Calgary Flames to beat them in consecutive games.
There was too much at stake and the Jets had a reputation to uphold.
They’ve only lost consecutive games in regulation once this season and had no interest in seeing that number double.
By the time the final buzzer sounded Monday night, the Jets had earned a decisive 5-1 win over the Flames in what was a downright dominant performance from the newly constructed line of Mark Scheifele (two goals, one assist) between Nikolaj Ehlers (three assists) and Kyle Connor (two assists).
“It was a bounce-back game for everyone. It was a bounce-back game for the team. That’s what we do,” said Ehlers, who is up to 36 points in 36 games this season.
“That’s kind of our playoff mentality, to bounce back after a loss, we’ve been able to do that really well this season. You don’t want to lose games, but being able to go out and play the way we played tonight after a loss shows how special this group is.”
The Jets wrapped up a season-high, seven-game road trip with a record of 4-3 as they improved to 22-11-2 and leapfrogged the Edmonton Oilers into second place in the North Division, just one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs.
What does it mean when a group has that reservoir of resilience built up when the intensity begins to ramp up and the stretch run is just around the corner?
“It’s an important strength to build over time, that you can suffer a tough one and come back,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. “I’ll go back to what I’ve alluded to earlier, they have a really strong understanding of the game. In Game 2 of this three-game series, the pressure had shifted to Calgary. They came hard, we handled it right, and then just some bad breaks around our net. They didn’t leave the game feeling the other team is better than we are, or we failed in the game. There are some adjustments we need to make, but we’re right there.
“I think that’s been pretty consistent with all our games…There is an intelligence and a maturity for that to take place. They rebound well. They’re rested, as much as you can be in what we’re going through. They’re rested and they’re smart.”
This sets up what figures to be another showdown series with the Maple Leafs that goes Wednesday and Friday in Winnipeg.
Sensing his group needed a bit of a spark at the end of a long trip, Maurice made a swap of his centreman, flip-flopping Scheifele and Pierre-Luc Dubois, who slid between captain Blake Wheeler and Paul Stastny.
Ehlers was right in the middle of the action, delivering what was a virtuoso performance.
The most impressive of the numerous highlight-reel moves was an incredible entry with speed that included Ehlers faking a drop pass, but instead passing the puck to himself and going skate to stick before taking the Flames defenceman wide and then finding Scheifele alone in the slot for a one-timer.
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This was sheer brilliance from a player that continues to turn heads this season.
“I don’t think I’ve done that ever before, to be honest,” said Ehlers, asked to describe the play. “I just thought I could separate myself a little bit from that defenceman, (Scheifele) would have just been standing still with the puck, and it worked. After that, I tried to use my speed to go around him and (Scheifele) was in a great position to get a pass.”
Scheifele has been chipping in points all season long, but the goal well had been running a little dry with only two markers in his previous 16 games.
But with the sixth two-goal game of his career, Scheifele is suddenly up to 15 on the season — just one behind Ehlers and two behind Connor for the team lead.
Scheifele, who is tied for fifth in NHL scoring with 40 points, is the kind of player that can go on impressive hot streaks and he figures to have some additional bounce in his step as he gets set to go head to head with Auston Matthews and John Tavares later this week.
The Jets also got an important goal from the fourth line and it was not without controversy as it went off the skate of Nate Thompson, whose left leg was fully outstretched before the puck made contact with the extended skate blade.
Were the Jets confident the goal was going to count when it went to video review?
“You know what, you never really know,” said Ehlers. “I’m not sure what exactly the rules are. I didn’t think there was a kicking motion. He can’t get his stick on the ice so he tries to get his stick on that puck and he did that perfectly. To be honest, I had no idea what was going to happen because I don’t exactly know the rules about skate goals. All I know is that, to me, it was not a kicking motion.”
By the time Andrew Copp and Dubois rounded out the scoring, it meant each of the Jets’ four lines had a part of the offensive output — even if former’s goal came on a blended shift.
“We have a lot of guys that have been around a long time and played a lot of playoff hockey and know what it takes, so I think that’s a big part,” Jets forward Trevor Lewis said recently. “The leadership group here is good and gets the message across when it needs to be said.
“We’ve got four pretty good lines and, like I said before, everyone knows their role and no one’s complaining about whether they should be up and down the lineup or whatever it is. It’s a great group up front, for sure, we’ve got four good lines that can play against anyone so it’s a good combo there.”
The other development for the Jets is that goalie Connor Hellebuyck has found his happy zone.
Although he wasn’t giving up many, if any, soft goals, a recent stretch saw the reigning Vezina Trophy winner give up three or more markers in eight consecutive starts.
Since that time, he’s given up only five goals over the past five games and posted his first shutout of the campaign.
Somewhat quietly, Hellebuyck has raised his save percentage to .917 and lowered his goals-against average to 2.57 as he’s recorded more saves than any other goalie in the NHL.
An early power-play goal was all the Flames could manage on Monday night.
“It doesn’t really affect me a whole lot. I’m trying to pitch a perfect game no matter what. If one beats me, it doesn’t change my game plan,” said Hellebuyck. “I want to show that I’m a rock back there and anytime that I get beat, I’m going to force them to make the perfect shot or at least try to and I’m going to show my team that I’m not fazed.”
The Jets haven’t run four lines very much during Maurice’s tenure as head coach, but given the nature of the schedule, it’s been a critical element to surviving this stretch that featured 12 of the past 14 games on the road.
With one game remaining in a month that included 17 games in 30 days, the Jets have done more than just survive.
They remain right in the thick of things in the battle for top spot. With 20 games left in the regular season (including 12 on home ice), the Jets’ fate remains in their hands.
They’ve clearly established a template of how they need to play and they’ve displayed an impressive level of consistency.
“There’s a lot of things that we’ve improved on in our game over that span and I think sometimes getting on the road can be a good thing in the NHL. You try to play a simplified game, a greasy road game, so to speak,” said Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey. “We’ve made a lot of strides in the course of those games. We’re definitely happy with the improvement and how we’ve been able to handle the tough schedule.”
There was a scary moment for Flames defenceman Chris Tanev early in the first period.
Tanev was off-balance as he went back to retrieve a puck and was drilled into the end boards by Dubois.
It was a clean hit with an unfortunate result, as Tanev’s right shoulder and head went into the end boards.
But after heading down the tunnel for further evaluation, Tanev returned to the ice late in the first period and finished the game.
Given how big an impact Tanev is having during his first season with the Flames, this was an important development for a team that doesn’t have a wide margin for error during the stretch run.
The Jets are now 5-2-1 in the season series with the Flames, who are going to need to go on an incredible heater to get themselves back in this race for fourth place with the Montreal Canadiens.
White House on defensive over Hunter Biden art sales – FRANCE 24
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The White House assured Friday that necessary ethical precautions would be taken around any exhibitions and sale of artwork by President Joe Biden’s son, whose personal life and professional career have been peppered with controversy.
Asked by reporters about upcoming exhibitions of Hunter Biden’s artwork in New York’s Georges Berges Gallery, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the president’s son would be “attending gallery events.”
The discussions about sales “will be happening with the gallerist” and not Hunter Biden, she said.
“That is different than meeting with prospective buyers.”
Psaki had announced July 9 that a system had been established allowing Hunter Biden to practice his profession “within appropriate safeguards,” including the confidentiality of any transactions and no contact with buyers.
At exhibits of Hunter’s work, “the selling of his art will all happen through the gallerist and the names and individuals will be kept confidential,” she said.
When pressed that a buyer could simply tell the artist that he or she is purchasing his work, Psaki stressed that a strict rules structure will be in place.
“He will not know, we will not know who purchases his art,” she said.
Contacted by AFP, the gallery did not immediately provide any comment or details.
The Biden administration, which seeks to present itself as ethically unblemished, has been repeatedly questioned about the artistic career of the 51-year-old lawyer and businessman-turned-painter.
US media point out the obvious risks of businessmen or others purchasing the artwork with the sole aim of winning access to or influence with the White House.
Press reports have said the paintings by Biden, who has had no formal training, could sell for up to half a million dollars.
Hunter Biden is one of former president Donald Trump’s favorite targets.
During the 2020 presidential campaign Trump and his supporters regularly criticized Hunter Biden for his economic interests in Ukraine and China when his father was vice president under Barack Obama.
Hunter is also the target of a federal investigation into possible tax crimes.
In a memoir published earlier this year, the president’s youngest son recounted his struggle with addiction to cocaine and alcohol.
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Art exhibits return to Callander’s Alex Dufresne gallery – BayToday.ca
After a long hiatus, art shows are returning to the Alex Dufresne Gallery at the Callander Bay Heritage Museum this Saturday.
The works of Carole Davidson and Sara Carlin-Ball are highlighted in an exhibit entitled “Journeys to a Conversation with Nature.”
In a release promoting the show, Davidson and Carlin-Ball explain the “works display a felt presence of our natural environment in unexpected materials and surprising subjects.”
Their goal in selecting the pieces for the exhibit is to capture “the luscious spectacular that is Nature, Muse, Essence,” and emphasize how these “inspire the audience to revision their place – their gratitude and responsibility – on this Earth.”
“It feels absolutely wonderful to have art back on the walls,” said Natasha Wiatr, the gallery’s curator.
The last show was this past April but did not last long before Covid regulations closed the event. Since then, “the walls have been empty.”
“We haven’t consistently had shows in what feels like so long,” she said, and is pleased to launch what will hopefully be a long stretch of exhibits.
Currently, the gallery is booked until 2023, “and we’ve added two more shows per year,” Wiatr explained.
“We see ourselves as a community-based gallery,” she said, and as such, strive to present as many local artists as possible.
The Museum and Art Gallery are open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The gallery can hold 14 people at once, and walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can also be booked ahead of time at www.mycallander.ca/gallery.
Staff remind to you please wear a mask when you visit and maintain social distance.
Admission to the museum is $5 for seniors and students, $4.50 for kids 6-12, free for children under 6 and adults pay $5.50. Family rate for 4 is $15. Entrance to the gallery is by donation.
Callander museum reopens with art show – The North Bay Nugget
The art show Journeys to a Conversation with Nature will reopen the Callander Museum and Alex Dufresne Gallery Saturday.
The works of Carole Davidson and Sarah Carlin-Ball will remain on display to Aug. 20.
“There is an essential longing for life that erupts in a luscious spectacular that we call Nature,” the artists said in a statement.
“The human animal is a part of this longing for life that some might call a Muse – a Muse for artists of every passion and discipline. Artists are at the mercy of their muse and transcribe whatever is whispered to them about life, people, and the compelling natural environment they belong to.
“One may be a studied artist haphazardly trained while another may be an experimental soul, interpreting the ever-changing environment around her.”
Influenced by the gifts of their lives and the natural offerings around them, each artist interprets what touches her soul. Each piece of art tells a portion of her journey, calling to the viewer to look more closely at what life has to teach us.
Carlin-Ball’s muse slumbered as she was raising her children and working. As soon as she could make time, there was an explosion of experimentation driven by her mantra ‘What would happen if…?’
Mistakes happily romped with successes. Now, her careful, unique presentations interpret life and nature, and challenge one’s imagination.
As she learned of the melting of the muskeg and the possibility that Canada will soon lose that habitat and vibrant spring bloom, Carlin-Bell felt the compulsion to replicate that vital image with unexpected media: patinated and fired copper was punched and threaded through with fibre knotted to create the blooms and surface stems.
Eventually, the vibrant muskeg spring emerged.
For Davidson, nature was a refuge she quietly celebrated with natural and cultivated talent for art and writing. A busy and brief career in graphic design took over until disabling MS symptoms forced (or allowed) her to slow down.
She began a meditation practice to cope with symptoms and immediately began painting again.
Her creative work parallels her spiritual path and the subjects of her study get smaller and smaller as she has the opportunity to stop and notice. She finds joy in a yellow spider on a sunflower or a nest full of baby robins.
Together, their works display a felt presence of our natural environment in unexpected materials and surprising subjects.
The Museum and Art Gallery are open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be booked ahead of time at www.mycallander.ca/gallery and the museum and gallery also welcome same-day walk-ins.
Those visiting are asked to wear a mask and social distance.
The museum and art gallery are located at 107 Lansdowne St. E., Callander.
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