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Jets shot down in Flames

Losing point to Calgary like sucking on garlic cloves

Posted: 11/19/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 11/19/2013 7:00 AM | Updates

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  • Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Al Montoya (35) stops the shot from the point as Calgary Flames' Jiri Hudler (24) and Jets' Matt Halischuk (15) look for the rebound during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

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    Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Al Montoya (35) stops the shot from the point as Calgary Flames' Jiri Hudler (24) and Jets' Matt Halischuk (15) look for the rebound during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Anthony Peluso (14) and Calgary Flames' Kris Russell (4) collide during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Anthony Peluso (14) and Calgary Flames' Kris Russell (4) collide during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

  • Calgary Flames' goaltender Reto Berra (29) gets his toe on the shot from Winnipeg Jets' Devin Setoguchi (40) as Flames' Ladislav Smid (3) attempts to knock the puck away during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

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    Calgary Flames' goaltender Reto Berra (29) gets his toe on the shot from Winnipeg Jets' Devin Setoguchi (40) as Flames' Ladislav Smid (3) attempts to knock the puck away during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

  • Calgary Flames' Matt Stajan (18) slams into his goaltender Reto Berra (29) as Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) and Devin Setoguchi (40) look for the rebound off Setoguchi's shot during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

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    Calgary Flames' Matt Stajan (18) slams into his goaltender Reto Berra (29) as Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) and Devin Setoguchi (40) look for the rebound off Setoguchi's shot during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane (9) misses the check on Calgary Flames' TJ Brodie (7) during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane (9) misses the check on Calgary Flames' TJ Brodie (7) during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd (16) attempts to deflect the shot from the point as Calgary Flames' goaltender Reto Berra (29) tries to save it through Ladd's screen during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd (16) attempts to deflect the shot from the point as Calgary Flames' goaltender Reto Berra (29) tries to save it through Ladd's screen during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

  • Calgary Flames' Chris Butler (44), goaltender Reto Berra (29) and Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane (9) all swipe for a free puck in front of the net during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

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    Calgary Flames' Chris Butler (44), goaltender Reto Berra (29) and Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane (9) all swipe for a free puck in front of the net during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Anthony Peluso (14) and Mark Scheifele (55) sandwich Calgary Flames' Sven Baertschi (47) during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg Monday, November 18, 2013.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Anthony Peluso (14) and Mark Scheifele (55) sandwich Calgary Flames' Sven Baertschi (47) during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg Monday, November 18, 2013.

  • Calgary Flames' Brian McGrattan (16) and Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) fight for the puck during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg Monday, November 18, 2013.

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    Calgary Flames' Brian McGrattan (16) and Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) fight for the puck during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg Monday, November 18, 2013.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (55) collides with Calgary Flames' Matt Stajan (18) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, November 18, 2013.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (55) collides with Calgary Flames' Matt Stajan (18) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, November 18, 2013.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Michael Frolik (67), Olli Jokinen (12) and Anthony Peluso (14) celebrate Frolik's goal against the Calgary Flames during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, November 18, 2013.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Michael Frolik (67), Olli Jokinen (12) and Anthony Peluso (14) celebrate Frolik's goal against the Calgary Flames during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, November 18, 2013.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane (9) gets stopped by Calgary Flames' goaltender Reto Berra (29) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane (9) gets stopped by Calgary Flames' goaltender Reto Berra (29) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33), Grant Clitsome (24), Michael Frolik (67), Olli Jokinen (12) and Anthony Peluso (14) celebrate Frolik's goal against the Calgary Flames during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33), Grant Clitsome (24), Michael Frolik (67), Olli Jokinen (12) and Anthony Peluso (14) celebrate Frolik's goal against the Calgary Flames during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

  • A linesman attempts to split up Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) and Calgary Flames' Ladislav Smid (3) and Chris Butler (44) after the second period buzzer goes during NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

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    A linesman attempts to split up Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) and Calgary Flames' Ladislav Smid (3) and Chris Butler (44) after the second period buzzer goes during NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Michael Frolik (67) scores on Calgary Flames' goaltender Reto Berra (29) during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Michael Frolik (67) scores on Calgary Flames' goaltender Reto Berra (29) during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Bryan Little (18) and Andrew Ladd (16) celebrate  Little's goal against the Calgary Flames with 6 seconds left in the  during third period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Bryan Little (18) and Andrew Ladd (16) celebrate Little's goal against the Calgary Flames with 6 seconds left in the during third period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

  • Calgary Flames' Sean Monahan (23) scores on Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Al Montoya (35) in the shootout to win in NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

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    Calgary Flames' Sean Monahan (23) scores on Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Al Montoya (35) in the shootout to win in NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

  • Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Al Montoya (35) lays on the ice after being crushed by Calgary Flames' Lee Stempniak (22) during third period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

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    Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Al Montoya (35) lays on the ice after being crushed by Calgary Flames' Lee Stempniak (22) during third period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

A linesman steps between Jets' Dustin Byfuglien and Flames' Ladislav Smid (front, right) and Chris Butler as tempers flare after the second-period buzzer at the MTS Centre Monday night.

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A linesman steps between Jets' Dustin Byfuglien and Flames' Ladislav Smid (front, right) and Chris Butler as tempers flare after the second-period buzzer at the MTS Centre Monday night. Photo Store

There's an old saying in sports, cliche as it may be, about a tie being like kissing your sister.

Consider this, then: The point picked up by the Winnipeg Jets in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames Monday night at the MTS Centre must be like kissing your sister with her teeth out, after she just worked through a pack of cigarettes and chowed down a handful of garlic cloves.

"I would love to have made a save there to give our team a chance to win in this building," said goaltender Al Montoya. "It would have been something very exciting.

"But you can't take away what we did tonight. We came out and played strong on a back-to-back and came away with a point. It's a big point, but we would have liked to have had two."

Yeah but...

Yes, the Jets managed to pick up a point in a game they never led, rallying four times, including Bryan Little's equalizer with 5.6 second remaining, but given the opponent -- the Flames were 6-11-3 coming in, winless in their last six and just 2-7-1 in the last 10 -- this was one the Jets desperately needed to win cleanly.

"It's a lost point," said Olli Jokinen, who scored his fourth goal of the season against his old club. "We did enough good things to win the game, we were just a little too sloppy in our D-zone, extended our sticks a few times and it cost us a couple of goals. We were able to get a lot of shots, but not enough second and third chances.

"You score four goals, you should be able to win. That's the bottom line. We gave up too many chances."

The Jets did pepper Reto Berra with 47 shots -- Montoya faced 33 -- but the quality of chances were probably about even.

Opportunity lost

Playing in their fourth shootout in five games, the Jets lost a little love for the extra fun when Sean Monahan, the 16th shooter in the skills competition, beat Montoya for the winner. Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets in the shootout; Joe Colborne and Lee Stempniak beat Montoya before Monahan sealed the deal.

Lots of talk, iffy results

The Jets have talked often this season about growth and maturity. But the lost point against the Flames, even in the second of back-to-back games, would be seen by most as critical. What stings for the Jets is this: The next two opponents, both at the MTS Centre, are the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild. For those of you scoring at home the Jets are a combined 0-4 against those clubs this season.

Oh, and the Jets are just 3-8-1 vs. the Central Division this season.

"That was a sloppy game by us," said Little, whose game-tying marker was his team-leading 12th goal of the season. "It seemed like we traded a lot of chances with them and got away from our game plan at times. We did do some good things, but some of the chances we gave up and the goals we gave up... I mean, we gave them point-blank chances. We can only ask Monty to bail us out so many times."

The last word

Claude Noel wouldn't get drawn into a discussion on the officiating, but rather focused on how sloppy his club -- playing its third game in four nights -- was all over the ice.

"I was watching and wondering how it would go and I wasn't quite sure," said Noel, "and I wasn't settled all night. I was uneasy all night on that game. There was no point that I was comfortable, just because of the way we were thinking and the way we were playing.

"There were a lot of things happening out there and I was waiting for stuff to happen... stuff that I hadn't seen in quite some time. It was very difficult to manage."

 

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

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 19, 2013 D1

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Updated on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM CST: adds slideshow, changes photo

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