By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
It may just be the dagger that delivers the final blow to the Winnipeg Jets and their tumultuous season.
Short of breath and short for words summed up the atmosphere in the dressing room after their 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers — the sixth in disastrous spell from a team who has seen playoff hopes turn into desperate prayers.
“Yeah, plenty,” said Mark Stuart when asked about this thoughts on the game. “Very frustrating.”
Perhaps the defining moment of the game came at the tail end of the second period when Martin St. Louis, fresh out of the box after serving a two-minute minor for hooking, caught Jacob Trouba and Zach Bogosian sleeping. St. Louis latched onto the puck, streaked down the right side, around the net and found an unaccounted-for Carl Hagelin all alone in front of the net. One backhand shot later and Hagelin had his team’s game winner.
“It’s pretty obvious what happened,” said Bogosian, who looked less than thrilled with the question. Video replay showed Bogosian to be the culprit when Trouba committed to covering St. Louis behind the net.
“You guys don’t need a coach to assess what happened on that goal,” said Paul Maurice. “To single two guys out or three guys out on a play….is not right by me.
“The team gave up that goal, we were in that position as a group. We will just take that one as a team goal against.”
Still, the angst exhibited by the Jets comes on the heels of some bad results despite some efforts that could have been the opposite. No matter how you dice it, however, the Jets needed the two points. Badly.
“It’s nice that you compete but at the end of the day you want the two points,” said Bogosian. “You can only take that so much. We have to start getting the two points here.
“We can say what we want, that the compete level is high, battling hard; but at the end of the day we need to get the two points and we can’t be satisfied until we get that.”
Meanwhile, Ondrej Pavelec will be assessed on Saturday after going down at the end of the first period. Chris Thorburn, who left the game early in the second after blocking a shot will also be assessed Saturday. Both injuries are categorized as the lower-body variety.