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If it's best to describe these reborn Winnipeg Jets as a 'work in progress' then let it be said that progress is slow and the work to do aplenty.

The Jets rolled into Ottawa to face a team that had lost three straight and which had been roughed up repeatedly in their own zone, having surrendered 30 goals in six games. By game's end the Sens looked like the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens. There's little time to sulk, however, especially with their next 10 games against Eastern Conference opponents including home dates Saturday and Monday. It's true a playoff spot isn't earned in October, but one can certainly begin sliding away this early.

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An all-too-common theme for these Jets, who are looking more and more like the Thrasher side that struggled for stretches last year, not the crew that led the division into November. If Claude Noel was a man trying to stop a dam from leaking, he'd have run out of fingers and toes now with everything that is ailing his team. His issue might not be what to fix, but where to start with the repairs.

Game-breaker

The Jets trail 2-1 in the third when Johnny Oduya turns the puck over -- and we've seen that movie before -- to Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson who then beats Ondrej Pavelec with a low wrister stick side. And with that went any notion of a Jets' comeback.

Free Press ★★★

★ Milan Michalek, Ottawa: Potted two goals, including an empty netter as part of a solid three-point night.

★★ Jason Spezza, Ot- tawa: A goal and two assists for the veteran Senator forward.

 ★★★ Colin Greening,Ottawa: Refuse to pick a Jet on this night and the young Newfoundlander had two helpers.

 — Tait

SUMMARY

First Period

1. Winnipeg, Byfuglien 1 (Burmistrov, Antropov) 14:39

Penalties -- Burmistrov Wpg (double high-sticking) 1:29, Karlsson Ott (holding) 7:01.

Second Period

2. Ottawa, Michalek 4 (Greening, Spezza) 4:48 (pp)

3. Ottawa, Spezza 3 (Greening, Michalek) 13:20

Penalties -- Bogosian Wpg (holding) 2:09, Antropov Wpg (hooking) 4:13, Gonchar Ott (hooking) 15:26.

Third Period

4. Ottawa, Alfredsson 3, 9:15

5. Ottawa, Michalek 5 (Smith, Spezza) 19:20 (en)

Penalties -- Enstrom Wpg (holding) 8:16, Neil Ott (high-sticking) 8:16, Karlsson Ott (holding) 11:54, Alfredsson Ott (tripping) 14:02.

Shots on goal by

Winnipeg 13 9 14 -- 36

Ottawa 12 12 6 -- 30

Goal -- Winnipeg: Pavelec (L,1-3-1); Ottawa: Anderson (W,2-2-0).

Power plays (goals-chances) -- Winnipeg: 0-4; Ottawa: 1-4.

Referees -- Frederick L'Ecuyer, Wes McCauley. Attendance -- 17,919 (19,153).

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 21, 2011 C3

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