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Bogo's blunder ancient history?

Jets' Huddy advises blue-liner to 'forget' it

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IT'S already ancient history -- which is a level or two above cable network classic -- so there won't be any need to even consider it when examining Zach Bogosian's play Thursday night in Minnesota.

Bogosian, you'll recall, slipped and fell behind his own net with about five and a half minutes to play Sunday night, at the same time inadvertently pushing the puck right in front of his own net, teeing it up for Corey Perry to score the winning goal in Anaheim's 3-2 decision at the MTS Centre.

Asked Tuesday what, if anything, he has said and done to counsel, coach or advise Bogosian, Jets assistant coach Charlie Huddy said it's been very little.

"I don't think he needs to see video," Huddy said. "I'm sure he's seen it enough already. You know what, it happens. I didn't talk to him right away when he came to the bench. I said after he'd had another shift, 'Hey, don't worry about it. It's over and done with.'

"I talked to him after the game and told him those things are going to happen to you over the course of your career. Everybody's going to make those mistakes.

"It's an unfortunate thing that happened. It's part of the game. Those things happen in hockey."

Don't think that Huddy is trying to gloss everything over. It's just that he's been around the block enough -- how about 1,200 regular season and Stanley Cup playoff games in his career? -- to know about ups and downs.

"We all make mistakes," Huddy said. "The biggest thing for me is that it's over and done with, you put it behind you and you move forward, forget about it. It's a new day coming to the rink today and away you go."

Huddy was asked if he had any comparable in-game disasters.

"I'm sure there's a lot," he said. "Too many to pinpoint one. It happens when you're playing defence. You're under pressure a lot. You're looking to make the right play and sometimes it gets intercepted and a guy picks it up and throws it in the back of the net.

"We all go out there trying to do the best we can. Are we going to make mistakes? Of course. That's how hockey games are won and lost. You're trying to make the other team make mistakes."

The bigger picture of Sunday's incident is that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, Huddy said.

"That's what hockey's about," he said. "Every game you play is not going to be perfect. There's going to be times when you make the wrong play. It's making a bad pass and going out the next shift and being able to put that behind you and being ready, not thinking about that bad pass. You can't be looking for bad things to happen...

"I'm sure Bogo's going to be fine. He's been around long enough to know."

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 9, 2013 D3

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