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Postma will look back fondly on shellacking

MOST Winnipeg Jets will remember Friday's 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a pretty negative way.

One member of the Jets, though, had something good to take away from it.

Defenceman Paul Postma clicked for his first NHL goal in the third period. It was his 12th NHL game.

In fact, Postma had a three-point third period, as the Jets at least showed some life after being outclassed for the first two periods.

Postma played 21 minutes 35 seconds in the game, the most ice he's seen so far in eight games with the Jets this season.

And he finished the game even in the plus-minus ratings.

"I thought Postma played fairly well in the game," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "He's getting experience and that's probably a good thing."

Thorburn pleads

'not guilty' on penalty

THE Jets player whose foul sent the game tumbling down the mountain on Friday was Chris Thorburn.

At 12:11 of the first, on his fourth shift, Thorburn smacked Tampa Bay's Sami Salo into the boards in the right-winger corner. Salo's face hit the glass and he was cut, resulting in a five-minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct.

Thorburn thought he was unduly punished.

"To be honest, no, I didn't think it was worth five minutes," he said. "I just kind of followed through and the way it happened, he went into the boards wrong. It wasn't really any force into it. Just cut him off and cut his space off and to be honest, I didn't think it deserved a five-minute penalty."

Thorburn's linemate Jim Slater was also part of the contact in the corner, which probably didn't assist Thorburn's case any with the officials.

"It might have (had some effect) but at the same time, it's not like I ran at him or anything," Thorburn pleaded. "I just kind of took his ice away from him and angled him in and he just went in the wrong way."

-- Tim Campbell

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 3, 2013 B3

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