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from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The three most popular theories for this kind of night where it concerns the Jets are the following:
The officials simply had a bad night. It happens.
The officials feel it's easy to kick the Jets around since they are basically still the new kids of the NHL block. Nobody will mind all that much.
The officials have an intense dislike of Jets winger Evander Kane, who is rarely without an opinion or comment during the games, so Kane and his team just don't get the benefit of any doubt. One NHL official has privately expressed that sentiment to a Winnipeg reporter not that long ago but whether it's real or widespread can't really be verified.
All of that aside, Monday's incidents were more than interesting.
Calgary's Lance Bouma skated directly at Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien on a two-on-two and bowled him out of the way, an interference that provided Bouma's opening to score a short-handed goal.
The play became a virtual wash when Byfuglien scored a power-play goal a few seconds later.
In overtime, with the Jets a man short, Byfuglien was bopped and upended by Calgary goalie Reto Berra as he rounded the net. It was ignored.
And then at the end of overtime, Jets centre Bryan Little said all he did was shake his head at the officials. That earned him a misconduct and an important disqualification from the shootout.
more and you can watch the higlights of the game below via Sportsnet and the Bouma "interference" starts at the 1:00 mark...
from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Noel told reporters Saturday morning following his team’s practice at MTS Centre that Bogosian -- who suffered a lower-body injury late in the second period of Winnipeg’s 3-2 shooutout win over Philadelphia Friday night -- will definitely not play on Sunday in St. Paul and he fears that Bogosian may be out longer than that.
"Bogosian gets further assessment later this afternoon, so he will not be a player in the game tomorrow. And right now I’m not sure he’s day to day -- it’s longer than that," said Noel.
With Bogosian out for at least Sunday’s game and likely longer, Zach Redmond will on Sunday play his first NHL regular season game since the femoral artery in his right leg was cut by an errant skate in a freak accident during Jets practice in Raleigh, North Carolina Feb. 21.
A frustrated Noel after losing to 3-2 to Colorado last night.
“We got the point and that’s a good thing but I don’t know what to say, it’s frustrating.
“Positive? We lost the game in overtime. I don’t take any positive. We needed points and that’s all that matters. If we’re going to tell ourselves, oh well, we played good in one period and we’re going to build on it. No. At the end of the day we needed two points.”
-Ondrej Pavelec, goaltender for the Winnipeg Jets after losing with 17 seconds left in OT last night. More on the game from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun.
Below, watch the OT winner from Craig Smith of the Nashville Predators.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
On a day that saw the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets conduct team and individual meetings, Noel gave an honest assessment of where things stand with his team.
“The problem right now is that we’re trying to put skill ahead of work — we’ve got it backwards,” said Noel, whose club rounds out a six-game homestand against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday at MTS Centre. “I know you’re going to try and decipher all of the things, but that’s the root of the problem. Work first, skill second. The thing that I find is that we care, we’ve just got things in the wrong order and we’ve got to get them in the right order.
“That’s my job and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Noel has already sent a message to several players by making by making them a healthy scratch but on far too many nights through nine games, the Jets just haven’t had enough guys going at the same time.
Given the fact this roster isn’t overflowing with superstars, that’s a big problem.
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
It was less than a week ago when Evander Kane went public with a plea for more "FU" in the Winnipeg Jets' game -- the not-so-subtle suggestion he and his teammates needed to play with a little more edge, a little more anger and a little more desperation.
What they served up in Sunday night's 3-1 stinker to the Nashville Predators in front of a sold out-but-bored-stiff MTS Centre crowd could best be described as way more P-U than FU.
Yes, as the old saying goes, Claude Noel & Co. won't need to watch the game tape to smell this one.
"We have to face reality: the way we play, we can't be a success," said goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. "We have to find a way to start winning games. The way we play, all season long pretty much, it's not a way we can be successful. We have to change something and we have to change something now.
"We have said so many times that if we want to win we have to play the whole 60 minutes. It's been the same story all season long."
If you missed the injury, you can watch it here...
CBC caught some raw footage of the njury, which you can watch below...
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Inch by inch, game by game, Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian are making the Winnipeg Jets their team.
They bring more will and effort to games on a consistent basis than the rest of their teammates. They are willing to lead. Now if only the rest would follow.
If all the Jets had the jam of Kane and Bogosian, this team would win far more games. Until they do, more disappointment such as Tuesday night's 3-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens will follow.
Too many of the Jets were unwilling to engage early and before the first period was barely half over it was 2-0 Montreal. The lead held and was more than enough for Carey Price to add another shutout to his resumé.
Apologists will suggest the Jets had a strong game, but for the first 10 minutes. Ridiculous. What does it matter if a team is strong once the game is virtually decided?
The Jets can't continue to post half-games or three-quarter games.
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
The Winnipeg Jets are officially on a skid, kicking off a six-game homestand with another brutal first period and getting a well-deserved, 4-1 spanking at the hands of the Dallas Stars as a result.
That’s three straight losses after a pair of season-opening wins, and while that may be a good poker hand, it’s a loser’s deal in sports.///
(Evander) Kane’s theory on what’s troubling the Jets since opening the season with two wins: too much thinking.
“We’re focusing maybe a little bit too much on what everybody’s saying, and what the X’s and O’s are,” he said. “We just need to go out and play hockey. We’re hesitant... caught flat-footed. And you’re not doing anything when you’re in between.
“It’s better to make a mistake trying to do something than be tentative. We just need to relax a little bit, but at the same time, if that makes sense, be a lot more intense.”
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