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Maurice, Jets want to fix mistakes, not dwell on them

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Talking about major blunders late last week, Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice said he'd be more inclined to laugh them off than fret about them.

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Talking about major blunders late last week, Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice said he’d be more inclined to laugh them off than fret about them.

That’s just how well the team has adopted its more responsible game plan, he said.

But another big-time blooper showed up again Sunday in a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS files Jets captain Andrew Ladd battles with the St. Louis Blues’ Alexander Steen: Steen’s pass to break David Backes for a power-play goal was a back-breaker Sunday.

Blues’ captain David Backes went down an opening as wide as Broadway between defenceman Zach Bogosian and Toby Enstrom and scored, sprung by a great pass from Alex Steen. It happened on a St. Louis power play, putting the Blues back on even terms late in the second period.

“A huge gaffe,” was what Maurice called that one.

Among recent others that have been costly:

  • In Thursday’s home loss to Detroit, Enstrom’s stray pass up the middle was snatched by Tomas Tatar, who scored quickly on the gift;
  • Tatar also scored with 4:50 left in the game to decide it, uncovered on a back-door play at the net that the Jets have detected and snuffed out on just about every other night;
  • In a 1-1 game in Nashville with barely two minutes to go, Jacob Trouba quasi-whiffed a clearing attempt up the middle, a puck that unluckily wound up going to the only unchecked man in the zone, Predators’ Craig Smith, for the game-winner;
  • In Montreal, defenceman Grant Clitsome had an quirky bounce and blew a tire at the same time, directly paving the way for Lars Eller’s key game-opening goal for the Habs in a 3-0 loss.

Maurice only meant the laughing part figuratively and certainly the Jets didn’t much see the humour Monday as they prepared for this week’s three-game road trip that begins tonight in Columbus (6 p.m., TSN 3, TSN 1290).

“There’s going to be ups and downs,” Bogosian said. “Obviously those things aren’t supposed to happen and sometimes they do. That’s the way the game goes sometimes.

“I think if anything it’s more just attention to detail. You let your guard down just a little bit and there are a lot of good players who can hurt you. Things happen out there. It’s quick out there and sometimes those things are going to happen.

“I wouldn’t really characterize it as something for concern.”

Neither would Jets forward Michael Frolik..

‘I’m not sitting here telling you we deserved to beat Detroit or St. Louis by five goals. But far bigger chunks of our game are (more) solid than even a month ago’ — Jets coach Paul Maurice

“I hope not,” Frolik said. “We just said in the room that those mistakes can happen once in awhile and we just have to put them behind. And if anybody did this, to tell him to just forget that and go on the next shift and be confident again.

“Don’t let down and play the game.”

Jets centre Bryan Little, who was one of the penalty killers and as surprised as anyone by Steen’s excellent pass to Backes on Sunday, doesn’t think the surfacing of serious screw-ups is any indication of the team’s overall play.

“I’m not too worried,” Little said. “It would be one thing if we were giving away great chances like that all game. But it’s something that can be fixed. Other than those mistakes, we’re still playing a pretty good defensive game.

“We’re not giving up too much but obviously those are big mistakes. We can’t ask our goalies to stop an open net like that, that we give up. It’s definitely something we’d like to limit.”

The limiting is something the Jets have done fairly well over their first 22 games. Their defensive record is much improved — the team’s goals-against average is down to 2.18 — though their record hovers near .500 at 10-9-3.

“I’m not sitting here telling you we deserved to beat Detroit or St. Louis by five goals,” Maurice said. “But far bigger chunks of our game are (more) solid than even a month ago. And sometimes you have to fight to stay positive and that’s your biggest challenge. It’s not easy. It’s easy to come in in a grumpy mood after you lose.

“You have to fight through it, get back to feeling good and give yourself a chance to win the next night.”

John Woods / The Canadian Press Files Tomas Tatar (centre) celebrates the game-winner over Winnipeg Thursday, scoring on a back-door play the Jets have otherwise defended well.

When the road trip ends in Boston on Friday, the Jets will stand with 15 of their 25 games played having been on the road.

“It’s been a while since I really disliked a game — Calgary (Oct. 19),” he said. “When I look at the five regulation losses we suffered… you’re not winning all those games or you’d be sitting 22-0. Our losses have not been out-of-the-gate-slow and never recovered by any means.

“We’re in the fight right now.”

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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