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Predators down Jets 3-2 in overtime

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NASHVILLE — It’s a tired refrain, spit out often by a Winnipeg Jets squad which has mastered the art of finding silver linings in defeat.

And the frustration of it all bubbled to the surface following Thursday night’s 3-2 OT loss to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

"We got a point... that’s a good thing. But I don’t know what to say," said goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. "It’s over and over. It’s tough to say something.

"It’s frustrating. We can feel sorry for ourselves. Positives? We lost the game in overtime and I don’t take any positives. We need the points. That’s all that matters. If we’re going to tell ourselves, ‘Oh we played good one period we can build on it’... no, we need two points."

The OT loss drops the Jets record to 4-5-2 in the start of an important early-season jaunt through the Central Division that continues Saturday in Dallas.

 

THE COACH SAYS...

Claude Noel summed up his team’s game succinctly after the loss, answering just a couple of questions in 2:57 of a post-game interview. And what he said in just under three minutes also offered a hint at his own frustration with his inconsistent team.

"I thought we started off the first 10 minutes and we were really solid, did a lot of good things... pretty much textbook," said Noel. "From there we weren’t able to sustain some of the stuff we were doing... we played inconsistent.

"The big task for our team is to be consistent through 60 minutes. We continue to play in spurts. You see some really good things and you see some other things — the first five minutes of the third period, we were nowhere. We couldn’t get out clean, we couldn’t get things going. It’s like, ‘Are you serious right now?’ That makes it difficult. It really comes from puck management, support, different little details in our game.

"We did some good things in the game. We played a good road game. We battled physically, we got people to the net, we got traffic at the net.

"And then the last 10 minutes of the first period we wanted to play cute. We were making plays in front of the defence, we were getting stalled, we weren’t getting it deep, we weren’t getting pucks to the net again. It’s like, ‘What is this, Jekyll and Hyde?’ "

 

POINT GAINED OR POINT LOST?

The Jets rallied from a 2-1 deficit to tie the contest with 3:01 left when Blake Wheeler buried a Zach Bogosian rebound behind Carter Hutton for his second goal in as many games and third of the season.

But then in OT an Evander Kane clearing pass from his defensive zone bounced away from Dustin Byfuglien to Predators forward David Legwand, who then fed Craig Smith for winner with just 17 seconds left.

So... point gained, given the late Wheeler goal, or point lost?

"I would think point lost," said Noel. "We know they play this type of game. That’s all fine. But for me it’s a point lost. We expect to take steps. We didn’t take a step backwards, OK. But we need to take another step. And when it is it going to come? We can’t wait here forever. We’re on to 11 games and there need to be some steps forward."

"It’s a game we’d like to win," said Wheeler. "We had momentum going into overtime, but a bad bounce there and it ends up being the game winner. I think there’s a lot more than that... there’s some bouncing pucks...

"These division games you’d like to get two, but it didn’t work out that way tonight."

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  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets sloppy in their own zone and it costs them. Buff had been good tonight, too. 9:44 pm on Oct 24

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: ok #nhljets - pick your winners. i have buff and fisher 9:38 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets and Preds headed to OT. 9:36 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Blake Wheeler's speed helps set up that chance and he buries rebound of a Zach Bogosian shot. Tied 2-2 with 3:01 left. #NHLJets 9:31 pm on Oct 24

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: i'm flipping between #bombers and #nhljets game but keep coming back to a pav rebound that a member of the preds just fans on 9:20 pm on Oct 24

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: the @PredsNHL clogging up neutral zone and showing great discipline in the offensive zone. puck management not scoring their focus #nhljets 9:14 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Patric Hornqvist with a blast after a juicy Pavelec rebound and it's 2-1 Preds over #NHLJets 9:10 pm on Oct 24

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: 1-1 on the road into the third - #nhljets are in good position - let's see what they do with it 9:00 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets and Preds tied 1-1 after two. 8:38 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: That's beauty first career goal for Peluso. #NHLJets 8:28 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Great goal by Peluso to tie this for #NHLJets. Under review, but it's in. 8:26 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: This new line of James Wright centering Halischuk and Tangradi has been decent for #NHLJets tonight. 8:23 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Carter Smith is going to have nightmares about Dustin Byfuglien for a week. #NHLJets 8:13 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets Dustin Byfuglien played 8:50 in first to lead his squad. Shea Weber already at 10:04. 7:48 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Preds lead #NHLJets 1-0 after one and are also ahead 10-9 on the shot clock after taking forever to register their first. 7:42 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Huge save by Pavelec stops this from being 2-zip Preds. #NHLJets 7:41 pm on Oct 24

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Seth Jones caught up with #nhljets Kane and Wright and then Weber beat them both back up the ice 7:38 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Shea Weber scores on the PP and the Preds lead 1-0 in a period that, until the goal, the #NHLJets had owned. 7:35 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Preds now to the PP with Blake Wheeler nailed for hooking. #NHLJets 7:34 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets already just 1 for 7 in faceoff circle. 7:24 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Preds get first shot short-handed with 10:48 left in first. #NHLJets 7:21 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets headed to the PP. Shots now 6-0 Wpg. 7:17 pm on Oct 24

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Dolly Parton's hair sitting behind @PredsNHL bench tonight against #NHLJets 7:11 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets start Peluso, Wright and Tangradi (yes, not a typo) with Postma and Stuart and Pavelec in goal. 7:03 pm on Oct 24

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: lots of dudes in winnipeg tuning out families tonight like #bombers D has Casey Creehan. both #nhljets and blue on tube tonight. #nojobjar 6:59 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets lineup introduced with Elton John's 'Benny and the Jets' playing in the background. Just passing this valuable info along. 6:58 pm on Oct 24

  • RickRalphTSN

    @RickRalphTSN: #NHLJets Mark Stuart will not play tonight. 6:51 pm on Oct 24

  • RickRalphTSN

    @RickRalphTSN: #NHLJets have Eric Tangradi back in. Patrice Cormier comes out and James Wright can move to center. 6:39 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets Claude Noel said Mark Stuart is good to go. Game time decision 12:21 pm on Oct 24

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Carter Hutton, who beat the #NHLJets on Sun, will be Preds No 1 goalie in Rinne's absence 10:53 am on Oct 24

History

Updated on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 4:23 PM CDT: Adds live blog.

6:29 PM: Corrects typo.

6:59 PM: Edits photo cutline.

7:43 PM: Updates headline after first period.

8:35 PM: Updates photo.

8:39 PM: Updates headline after second period.

9:30 PM: Adds photo.

9:40 PM: Updates headline after regulation time.

9:46 PM: Updates headline with overtime result.

10:18 PM: Copy update.

11:06 PM: Updates with new game story.

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