Measuring stick game you say?

Although it’s a tad early to start planning the parade route the Winnipeg Jets passed this stiff test earning a 5-3 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night in their home opener before 15004 adoring fans inside MTS Centre.

This marked the first time in three tries that the Jets were able to send their fans away happy in a home opener following losses to the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators.

Things got interesting late as the Kings scored a pair of power-play goals just under five minutes apart to make it a one-goal goal but captain Andrew Ladd made an unselfish play to free linemate Bryan Little for an empty-net goal with 47.3 seconds left to salt this one away and help the Jets improve to 2-0 on the young season.

How did the Jets measure up against one of the elite teams in the Western Conference?

“We did a good job for the most part of sticking up for each other and playing physical” said Evander Kane who had a goal two assists eight shots five hits a blocked shot and a fight to round out his modern-day Gordie Howe hat trick. “We got to the body early and against a team like L.A. that is a heavy team you have to let them know you’re not going to be run out of your own building.”

If the season-opening 5-4 loss was marred by mistakes and costly turnovers Friday’s game was more about playing “the right way” — as Ladd frequently calls it.

The Jets’ priorities were basic: protect the puck better take the body and use their speed.

Finding a way to enforce your will on the Kings is not an easy thing to do and not surprisingly it was the Kings who came out strong looking nothing like a team that had played the night before and flown in from Minnesota.

Just past the midway point of the second period the Jets turned the tables getting a rebound goal from Olli Jokinen (the 300th of his NHL career) at 12:54 to give them a lead that would be expanded to 4-1 after tip-in and wraparound goals from Devin Setoguchi who had three points in the game.