By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
The Winnipeg Jets fell victim to the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Sunday night at the MTS Centre. Two goals by Jets’ captain Andrew Ladd did little to mask the poor display from his team — and Zach Bogosian’s ill-advised error put an exclamation point on a night to forget for the Winnipeg franchise.
Bogosian found himself behind Pavelec’s net late in the third period. As he turned to attempt a zone clearance he whiffed on the puck, which rolled right onto the stick of a lurking Corey Perry who had no problem depositing the gift into the back of the net.
The goal seemed fitting for a Jets team that did little to deserve a win on the night and their fate was sealed with Perry being at the right place at the right time.
“You just explained it perfect,” said Bogosian after the game in regards to his mistake and the Perry goal.
It wasn’t just the Bogosian mistake, but the Jets performance as a whole, which cost them a 3-0 record.
“I don’t think we played to our capabilities,” Bogosian said. “We relied on Pav (Pavelec) to much; he bailed us out quite a bit and gave us a chance to win.”
Pavelec’s play was one of the few positives to be taken out of Sunday’s game. The Jets netminder faced 70 shots through the first two games and another 38 against the Ducks, stopping 35 of them.
“We didn’t really deserve to win, the only reason we were in the game was because of Pavs,” said Ladd.
“I thought Pavelec was our best player by far,” added Jets head coach Claude Noel during his post-game press conference. “We got saved by our goalie and realistically our goalie has saved us in all three games.
“He has been superb — not average — superb.”
Noel gave a blunt assessment of his team’s effort against Anaheim.
“I thought we were poor in a lot of facets tonight,” Noel said. “I thought between the turnovers, D-zone play was poor, our breakouts weren’t very good. I had very few players that were good in the game…we didn’t do very many good things.”
Noel paused for a long while before answering why his team’s effort was so poor, finally breaking his silence by saying “You will have to ask the players that.”
Noel wouldn’t blame Bogosian for the loss, instead bemoaning the team as a whole.
“If you are looking for the one mistake…these things sometimes happen,” said Noel regarding Bogosian’s blunder. “But you look at the way we played; we didn’t deserve to win the game.
“There are a lot of things in that game that you look at that you don’t like.”
Noel said the team has a lot of work and it starts with the two upcoming days of practice before their game against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
“Well we have got two days of practice, that is the first thing,” said Noel. “We have got a lot of work.”