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by Paul on 01/16/12 at 01:05 PM ET
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Things have gone sour in Jetville of late, what with the superb run in December now spoiled by a poor start—five losses in six games—to 2012. And, it’s true, getting out of this funk ASAP could ultimately determine whether the Jets stay in the Eastern Conference hunt or crash and burn.
But if you’re looking for anything more here from this bunch—a quick fix, a miracle transformation or some sort of brilliant inspiration from Noel—you may be disappointed.
And so it was early Saturday evening when Noel, fresh from watching his team lose 2-1 to the New Jersey Devils, took to the podium for his post-game address to the media.
“This isn’t the time to start beating up on this team, that’s not going to happen. Not from my standpoint,” said Noel. “You’re going to have to play with the same kind of will… it’s not like you’re going to reinvent the way you play and all of a sudden you’re going to create more goals.
“We’re going to prepare the same way, we’re going to battle through this thing, this thing will get resolved. We just want to get it done sooner than later. This is the time for us to really rally around each other. This isn’t the time to start fragmenting all over the place. We’ll rally around it, we’ll get it going and we’ll get back to work.
“We’re not far off, we’re right there.”
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