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Noel Praises Play Of His Team In 5-2 Win

By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck

Claude Noel was impressed with his teams’ performance in their 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night. From beginning to end, Noel praised all of his players in the victory.

“I thought that we got a lot of good play from pretty much every player on our team, which is what we talked about before and what we needed and wanted to try and get,” said Noel on the heels of the win.

Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

The triumph snapped a six-game winless streak (0-3-3) at the MTS Centre dating back to mid-November, a statistic that Noel appeared to be happy to have off his back.

“It was good to get a win at home, it had been a little while since we cleanly got a win,” Noel stated. “I thought we played a good first period; we came out hard. I thought there was a lot of emotion in the first period, which I thought our team got into the game. We played that period hard.

“The second period lulled a bit but I thought we played one of our better third periods. What I mean by that is just the way we played, we didn’t play to score, we played just the right way in a general sense of things.”

Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) punches Florida Panthers forward Scottie Upshall (19) in NHL action at the MTS Centre, Dec. 20, 2013. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) punches Florida Panthers forward Scottie Upshall (19) in NHL action at the MTS Centre, Dec. 20, 2013. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

The Jets kept producing on the power play, converting two more goals on the man-advantage. The Jets now have seven power play goals in their last seven games, something that forward Evander Kane attributes to execution.

“I think we are just executing, that is the bottom line when it comes to your power play,” he said. “You can talk about the X’s and O’s and what kind of plays you want to make but you have got to execute those and we are doing that and finishing off our opportunities.”

Kane, who is on a line with Mark Scheifele and Michael Frolik, is the Jets top producing line at the moment and credits the chemistry between the three players for their success.

“We have been having success and making plays, executing offensively and not spending a lot of time in our own zone, so I think that is a big key for us,” Kane said.

Winnipeg Jets forward Michael Frolik (67) scores against the Florida Panthers in NHL action at the MTS Centre, Dec. 20, 2013. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Winnipeg Jets forward Michael Frolik (67) scores against the Florida Panthers in NHL action at the MTS Centre, Dec. 20, 2013. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Frolik, who like Kane, scored a goal and added an assist on Friday night, echoed Kane’s comments on the Jets’ second line.

“With Kane now, he has got good speed so I try to use him; he has a good shot and is a dangerous player,” said Frolik. “I think we both have good speed with Scheifele too and we want to be good on the forecheck and make a few turnovers from them and that’s a good thing.”

Florida Panthers goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) stops Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little (18) in NHL action at the MTS Centre, Dec. 20, 2013. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Florida Panthers goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) stops Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little (18) in NHL action at the MTS Centre, Dec. 20, 2013. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Scott’s Scribbles: Three Jets ended up with a goal and an assist: Jacob Trouba, Evander Kane and Michael FrolikBlake Wheeler took a puck to the face in the second period but stayed in the game and looked no worse for wear after it…The Jets won 59 percent of their faceoffs…Bryan Little led the way with 15 wins in 22 attempts.

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