By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
The Winnipeg Jets lost 6-4 on Saturday afternoon to the Dallas Stars, a loss that both Jets’ captain Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler called “embarrassing.”
Wheeler did his best to keep the Jets in the game, scoring his 10th and 11th goals of the season. Each of his goals tied the game for the Jets, who found themselves playing catch up all night, but eventually succumbing to the Stars’ onslaught.
“We were terrible in the first period…that is inexcusable,” said Wheeler. “I don’t even look at it so much as the two power play goals at the end of the (second) period; that’s fine, 5-3. It’s how we start the third period…we give like two, two-on-ones, two breakaways, it’s embarrassing.
“There is no respect for each other, Monty (Al Montoya) goes in there and he’s cold and that’s what we do? You just can’t believe it.”
Wheeler is tired of the talk and says himself and his teammates have been “blowing smoke” for years now.
“What I say doesn’t matter, it is what you do out on the ice,” said Wheeler. “You can blow smoke as much as you want in the media, we have been blowing smoke for three years. Everyone, myself, everyone that has stood in front of the microphone and said the same s**t…what do you want me to say? That’s about it, I don’t know what else to say.”
The disgruntled demeanour of the Jets players didn’t elude team captain Andrew Ladd.
“The first two goals were just terrible changes, that is just mental stuff that, to me, quite frankly, is embarrassing,” he said. “I don’t think we came into the game with intentions of coming up with the effort that we had. I think it is just more of the mental errors and not playing a smart game that kicks us in the ass every time” adding that “obviously, something needs to change.”
Claude Noel’s post-game comments followed the same vein as his players.
“I didn’t think we played an very intelligent game, I think it reflected in their first two goals,” said Noel. “Obviously, the five-minute major was costly and one of our keys to the game was controlling that line of Benn and Seguin. (We) weren’t able to do that and they executed, just firing bullets at us.
“It was really disappointing from that standpoint.”
The Jets travel to Columbus tomorrow ahead of their meeting with the Blue Jackets on Monday night.
Scott’s Scribbles: Sergei Gonchar of the Stars had six assists coming into Saturday’s game, recorded four agains the Jets…Tyler Seguin continues to enjoying playing at the MTS Centre where he has eight points now in two games this season…Blake Wheeler scored twice again this afternoon and has now done so in two straight games…Matt Halischuk, who left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury, will be out for a “while” according to Claude Noel.