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Miserable Jets look for answers after 6-4 loss to Stars

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Aaron Rome (right) of the Dallas Stars clears Winnipeg Jets forward Devin Setoguchi (left) from in front of Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen during the first period.

WINNIPEG -- Two veteran leaders of the Winnipeg Jets called for something to change after the team went down in flames Saturday in a sloppy 6-4 loss to the Dallas Stars.

It marked the end of a catastrophe of a week at home for the Jets. Already behind the eight ball with their weak record against the Central Division — now 3-11-3 — they earned just one point in three games against division rivals.

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"What I say doesn’t matter," said Jets right-winger Blake Wheeler, who tied the game twice with goals 1:55 apart in the second period. "It’s what you do out on the ice. You can blow smoke as much as you want in the media. We’ve been blowing smoke for three years, everyone, myself, everyone that’s stood in front of a microphone in the last three years, we’ve said the same s--t. What do you want me to say? That’s about it. I don’t know what else to say."

After running a home winless skid to 0-3-3, Jets captain Andrew Ladd, only one of three members of the team to speak to reporters after the game, was asked if something drastic has to happen.

"I don’t know," Ladd said. "It’s not my decision to make. But obviously something needs to change."

Ladd wasn’t eager to start comparing poor outings the Jets have had.

"It’s the same thing over and over again for me," he said. "I’m not in the mood to rank it.

"The quality of chances we gave up... a team like that, their strength is their offensive attack and the guys they have up front. We gave them I don’t know how many two-on-ones, breakaways. Their first two goals were just terrible changes. That’s mental stuff to me quite frankly is embarrassing."


Hitman Peluso


When Wheeler tied the game 3-3 — Winnipeg’s third rally from down a goal — at 14:53 of the second, Jets coach Claude Noel sent John Albert, Wheeler and Anthony Peluso out for the next shift.

Peluso wound up drilling Stars’ defenceman Alex Goligoski from behind into the glass for a major boarding penalty and Dallas cashed it for goals by Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin to go ahead for good.

Why Peluso?

"Why not?" Noel said. "Because he can’t play?

"That line’s been a good line. I’ve had no trouble with that line."

The eventual cost of the penalty was one the Jets could not afford.

"I don’t think anytime you take a five-minute major is ever a good situation," Noel said. "I think that it put us in a tough situation, especially they scored two goals there. The difference in the game? Not sure it was the difference. We chased the game back but the two changes (in the first) certainly didn’t help us. That’s not a way you want to start the game."


Changes, Part II

Beyond Wheeler’s and Ladd’s hope for changes, the team’s actual line changes were also costly in the first.

Twice the team tried to switch up players without getting the puck deep into Dallas’s end and both Seguin and Valeri Nichushkin went through the vacated space for goals on Ondrej Pavelec.

"I didn’t think we played a very intelligent game," Noel said. "It was reflected in their first two goals. I thought they were off bad changes.

"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. They executed just firing bullets at us."


Week to forget

Losses to St. Louis, Colorado and Dallas, all teams they are chasing, put a serious damper on enthusiasm around the Jets today.

After their 4-2 road trip through the east just allowed them to keep pace to the playoff line, Winnipeg will be double digits behind eighth spot in the conference by the time Monday’s game in Columbus rolls around.

"It’s a step back for sure," Noel said. "I haven’t seen us play this way in quite some time. Collectively as a group, we didn’t play very intelligent. What is that? Is that fatigue, mental fatigue? Sometimes it is. I don’t know what it is.

"We’re going to regroup from this game. We’re not going to get ourselves at an all-epic low and we’re going to try to keep a balance on things, regroup and start again."

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  • garylawless

    @garylawless: so the question to me, and has been for some time, when will #nhljets leadership group take accountability on the ice? 6:45 pm on Dec 14

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: two areas #nhljets are lacking right now are leadership and talent. coach doesn't have a magic wand to fix this. draft and develop is slow 6:38 pm on Dec 14

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: my guess is #nhljets management knows what they have and that coach isn't too blame right now. they'll stand pat. team isn't ready to win. 6:37 pm on Dec 14

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: if #nhljets r considering firing noel, and I don't think they are, I think Chevy owes the coach a trade or some form of help b4 clipping him 6:36 pm on Dec 14

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Lots calling for Claude Noel to be fired today. Not move I would make. But #nhljets need something. Trading now is from weakness. Recalls? 5:33 pm on Dec 14

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets have 7 wins in 19 home games this season. Discuss. 5:27 pm on Dec 14

  • DoubleEmMartin

    @DoubleEmMartin: "Now sit over there and think about what you've done." RT @friesensunmedia: #NHLJets are getting the day off, tomorrow. 5:23 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets coach Claude Noel said Matt Halischuk is out for awhile with a lower-body inj. Evander Kane is close. 5:19 pm on Dec 14

  • IanDmytriw

    @IanDmytriw: When PJ Stock brings up a good point about your team you 're in trouble. #NHLJets 5:13 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Both Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler used the word 'embarrassing' to describe #NHLJets effort today 5:09 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets fall to 14-15-5 after 6-4 loss to Dallas at home. Winnipeg now 0-3-3 in last six at home. 4:45 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Yes, Ondrej Pavelec yanked on Ondrej Pavelec Bobblehead Day. Timing is everything, as they say. #NHLJets 4:11 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Al Montoya will start the third in goal for the #NHLJets. 4:07 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets look like they might roll over here. It's 5-3 Stars after two. Dallas opens third with 28 seconds still left on Peluso's major. 3:51 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Make that two... Seguin scores and it's 5-3 Dallas over #NHLJets. Still 1:40 left. 3:48 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Stars get one -- so far -- on Anthony Peluso's 5-min major for boarding as Jamie Benn scores on the PP. 4-3 Dallas over #NHLJets 3:47 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets tie it as Blake Wheeler shows great patience to beat Lehtonen, 3-3 tie. 3:39 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Fortuitous bounce for the #NHLJets as Blake Wheeler gets his 10th on the PP. And then the Stars answer 48 seconds later. 3-2 Dallas. 3:36 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets now saying Halischuk will not return with an 'upper-body' injury. 3:13 pm on Dec 14

  • BrownScottTN

    @BrownScottTN: #NHLJets forward Matt Halischuk will not return to today's game vs. @DallasStars with an upper body injury. 3:12 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: No sign of Matt Halischuk on the #NHLJets bench as second period opens. 3:12 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Have to keep an eye on Matt Halischuk, who left bench to go to the #NHLJets dressing room. 2:49 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Mark Scheifele has just made a TSN top 10 list after being checked into #NHLJets bench by Ryan Garbutt. 2:44 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Stars' first-round pick Valeri Nichushkin walks around Jacob Trouba and it's 2-1 Dallas over #NHLJets. 2:41 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets tie it after Mark Scheifele makes a nifty play to get a shot on goal and Halischuk bangs home rebound. 1-1 with Dallas. 2:33 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Tyler Seguin loves playing against the #NHLJets, He opens scoring with his 16th -- and third in three games against Wpg this year. 2:29 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: #NHLJets starters vs. Dallas: Stuart, Trouba, Halischuk, Scheifele, Frolik, Pavelec. 2:02 pm on Dec 14

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Keaton Ellerby scratched for #NHLJets as Adam Pardy draws back in. Also out: Kane and Tangradi. 2:02 pm on Dec 14

  • ScottBilleck

    @ScottBilleck: The #NHLJets are tied with the #Caps with nine shootouts this season, highest in the #NHL. Jets are 5-4 in the SO. 12:34 pm on Dec 14


Updated on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:37 PM CST: adds photo

4:48 PM: End of game wrap

4:53 PM: Adds new photos

5:31 PM: Adds slide show.

6:39 PM: Replaces copy with post-game quotes.

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