By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
Zach Parise’s short-handed goal with 4:55 left in the third period once again highlighted the Winnipeg Jets’ glaring issue with killing off close games.
Parise’s tally tied the game for his Minnesota Wild, propelling it into overtime and then the shootout, where Charlie Coyle’s marker left the Jets with nothing substantial in its wake.
“I didn’t think the power did very well, right from the breakout on-in,” said Noel. “We struggled and we end up giving up the tying goal, so that was a little bit of a tough one for us.”
With one minute left in the power play after the Wilds’ short-handed goal, the urgency from the Jets was non-existent. Noel seemed to sympathize with his players after the game.
“You can’t help but sag, they are only human, they certainly can’t be feeling great,” Noel said. “You are hoping to be able to get it going, but that is a tough task.
“The guys care, they certainly feel the pain, there is no doubt about that.”
Noel said he thought his team played well, but costly errors were the death of them again today.
“I thought we played a pretty good game, I thought for the most part we got a good effort from a lot of players,” said Noel. “As you can see, winning and losing is determined by a fine line for us.”
Meanwhile, the Jets did get a solid effort out of their third line. The combo of Matt Halischuk, Mark Scheifele and Michael Frolik combined for five points and a plus-five rating in the loss.
“I thought we did a good job getting some pucks to the net and helping try and create some offence and coming back hard and trying to turn pucks around,” said Halischuk. “Anytime we can contribute as a third line it definitely helps with the chances to win the game. Hopefully, we can keep playing well defensively and keep chipping in when we can.”
The Jets are now tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning for worst in the league in short-handed goals allowed at four.
Winnipeg will take the show on the road for six games starting in New Jersey against the Devils on Monday night.