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Road-weary Jets succumb to Blues' power play

St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak can't block a goal by Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little during the third period of an NHL game in St. Louis Tuesday. The Blues won 3-2. (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
St. Louis Blues' T.J. Oshie falls over Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec during the third period. (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little (18) celebrates his goal with teammate Andrew Ladd. (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo, T.J. Oshie, David Backes and Jay Bouwmeester surround teammate Alexander Steen after his game-winning goal as Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien skates away dejectedly. (CP)
St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen leans into a shot in the third period. (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
Winnipeg Jets defenceman Tobias Enstrom collides with St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie during the third period. (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak is congratulated by teammates Alex Pietrangelo (left) and Chris Stewart after the Blues' 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
St. Louis Blues' Patrik Berglund and Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler battle for the puck during the second period. (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
St. Louis Blues' goalie Jaroslav Halak blocks a shot by Winnipeg Jets defenceman Grant Clitsome in the first period. (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler skates by St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen (20) during the first period. (CP)
St. Louis Blues' Brenden Morrow and Winnipeg Jets' Michael Frolik battle for the puck during the first period. (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
St. Louis Blues' Jay Bouwmeester gets around Winnipeg Jets' Devin Setoguchi in the second period. (CP)
St. Louis Blues' Jordan Leopold collides along the boards Winnipeg Jets' Chris Thorburn during the second period. (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak can't block a goal by Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little during the third period of an NHL game in St. Louis Tuesday. The Blues won 3-2. - (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
St. Louis Blues' T.J. Oshie falls over Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec during the third period. - (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little (18) celebrates his goal with teammate Andrew Ladd. - (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo, T.J. Oshie, David Backes and Jay Bouwmeester surround teammate Alexander Steen after his game-winning goal as Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien skates away dejectedly. - (CP)
St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen leans into a shot in the third period. - (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
Winnipeg Jets defenceman Tobias Enstrom collides with St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie during the third period. - (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak is congratulated by teammates Alex Pietrangelo (left) and Chris Stewart after the Blues' 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. - (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
St. Louis Blues' Patrik Berglund and Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler battle for the puck during the second period. - (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
St. Louis Blues' goalie Jaroslav Halak blocks a shot by Winnipeg Jets defenceman Grant Clitsome in the first period. - (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler skates by St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen (20) during the first period. - (CP)
St. Louis Blues' Brenden Morrow and Winnipeg Jets' Michael Frolik battle for the puck during the first period. - (Bill Boyce / the associated press)
St. Louis Blues' Jay Bouwmeester gets around Winnipeg Jets' Devin Setoguchi in the second period. - (CP)
St. Louis Blues' Jordan Leopold collides along the boards Winnipeg Jets' Chris Thorburn during the second period. - (Bill Boyce / the associated press)

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This article was published 29/10/2013 (916 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

ST. LOUIS -- It is a scene that became common on the Winnipeg Jets' four-game jaunt through their new neighbourhood that took them from Tennessee to Texas, Colorado to Missouri.

And it might best be described by one 'F' word that was spit out repeatedly during the course of four games in six days and especially after Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center.

Jets defenceman Toby Enstrom falls headfirst into the Blues' T.J. Oshie during their game in St. Louis last night.

PHOTOS BY BILL BOYCE / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Jets defenceman Toby Enstrom falls headfirst into the Blues' T.J. Oshie during their game in St. Louis last night.

Brenden Morrow of the Blues and the Jets' Michael Frolik battle for the puck Tuesday night.

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Brenden Morrow of the Blues and the Jets' Michael Frolik battle for the puck Tuesday night.

And no, it's not the 'F' word you might think.

'We're finding ways to lose games. We gave ourselves an opportunity to win the game. The frustrating part is this is back-to-back games now where we've found ways to lose the game.'

-- Jets head coach Claude Noel

"What can you say? Our players are frustrated. We're frustrated," said Jets coach Claude Noel. "We're finding ways to lose games. We gave ourselves an opportunity to win the game. The frustrating part is this is back-to-back games now where we've found ways to lose the game. This is not an easy building to win in and we knew that their power play was strong and that was one of the keys to the game: keep them off the power play. And we gave them five power plays and late in the game.

"It's just a different way to find a way to lose on a trip that could have been decent for us. It turns out we just added more frustration to our play."

 

SPECIAL TEAMS THRILLS AND CHILLS

The Jets ended a long drought with the man advantage with Blake Wheeler's fifth goal of the season in the first period -- coming with two Blues players in the penalty box. And Bryan Little's short-handed goal in the third period evened the score at 2-2 and had the Jets in position to at least escape St. Louis with one point.

But, alas, Toby Enstrom took an interference penalty outside his own blueline with 2:13 remaining and Alex Steen potted the winner with just 60 ticks left. And so a Jets penalty-kill unit that had shut down the NHL's deadliest power-play unit on its first five chances watched the red light flash behind Ondrej Pavelec on the sixth -- for the game-winner.

"We're not going to kill all of them," said Pavelec. "It's a pretty good team, it's the No. 1 power play so if you give them more than, like two, they're going to score, they're going to find a way. If you give them an opportunity to win the game they're going to do it. It's disappointing. We were there, we were in the battle. But it's not good enough."

"We're shooting ourselves in the foot, taking penalties with a couple minutes left," added Bryan Little. "It's frustrating. Our penalty kill had been good tonight for the most part.

We've got to find a way to close these games out and at least give ourselves a chance."

 

IF IT'S NOT ONE THING, IT'S THREE OTHERS

The Jets served up decent efforts in Denver and St. Louis over the last two games but came away with nada. They did a commendable job shutting down one of the NHL's deadliest trios in Steen, David Backes and T.J. Oshie Tuesday night and carried a lead into the third period against the mighty Avalanche on Sunday, but have zero to show for it this morning.

And it's starting to eat these guys up big time.

"It's frustrating," said Devin Setoguchi. "A lot of guys put in the work on this trip and we lost one-goal games. That's the way it goes in the West... it's one-goal games and we've got to find the way to win them.

"We've got to score. I've got to score. We can't have the same three guys doing it every night. We've got to help out those guys that keep doing it. That's what it comes down to.

"I feel like we took some strides on this trip. We laid off the gas for a little bit and that's the difference the other night and tonight."

ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @WFPEdTait

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Updated on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:57 AM CDT: Replaces photo, adds slideshow, changes headline

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