A defiant Byfuglien faces the media

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A defiant Dustin Byfuglien stepped in front of a media wall of cameras, notepads and microphones late this morning and channeled his inner Marshawn Lynch.

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A defiant Dustin Byfuglien stepped in front of a media wall of cameras, notepads and microphones late this morning and channeled his inner Marshawn Lynch.

The Winnipeg Jets defenceman, arguably the team’s MVP this season but struggling in the playoff series with the Anaheim Ducks, served up the same answer to every question Tuesday.

“We’ve just got to stick together as a team.”

Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press An unhappy Dustin Byfuglien leaves a media scrum this morning.

It was reminiscent of the same stunt pulled by Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks running back who answered every question at his Super Bowl availability this winter with: “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”

Byfuglien’s media session went like this:

Question: Take us inside the room and how you get ready again for Game 4..

Byfuglien: “We’ve just got to stick together as a team and go out there and win.”

Q: The Ducks are forcing turnovers, have a lot of puck movement. Are they doing anything that you weren’t anticipating and how do you counteract that?

Byfuglien: “We’ve just got to stick together as a team.”

Q: How do you feel about your play so far in this series Dustin?

Byfuglien: “As long as we stick together as a team we’ll be all right.”

Q: What happened with Corey Perry after the goal?

Byfuglien: “As long as we stick together as a team we’ll be all right.”

Q: Your last playoff experience before came as a forward. Is it any different now as a defenceman?

Byfuglien: “No. As long as we stick together as a team we’ll be all right.”

And so it went.

Asked later about Byfuglien’s answer, Jets coach Paul Maurice spoke in great detail about his defenceman and his approach to dealing with the media. All in all, though, he was defiant in defence of the Jets big man.

“He’s not perfect and sometimes things aren’t right,” said Maurice at the end of his take on Byfuglien, “and that’s Dustin and we love him.”

Ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @WFPEdTait

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