Give them an F for the X's and O's.

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Give them an F for the X's and O's.

In losing 4-1 to the Calgary Flames Sunday night at the MTS Centre, the Winnipeg Jets tried to do things their way but the Flames had more to say about how it went.

Paul Maurice

Paul Maurice

In particular, when Calgary took over the game in the second period, it was with stretch passess to the far blue-line that resulted in either tip-in dump-ins -- which some call legalized icing -- and rush chances that brought speed and danger to bear.

It was worth four unanswered goals.

It was not what happened in the first, when the Jets had the better attack and a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes.

"I think a lot of it had to do with coming out of our end clean," captain Andrew Ladd said. "In the first period, we made quick, confident plays and we were entering their zone with possession. In the second period we weren't as quick and we weren't as confident, and you're getting bad dumps and all of a sudden they were getting time to rip those pucks around. Maybe as forwards you're a little late in not quite getting there and I think that's part of it."

Jets coach Paul Maurice said Calgary's tactics should have played right into the Jets' hands.

But they didn't.

"A gift, the stretch," the coach said. "Passes that were clean. You just come off the skating and you can't finish your checks and you can't get to the puck and then your gap is too big.

"The first stretch is off the faceoff, exactly the way they scored a goal in the last game, so that's a read. The other, for whatever reason, is that we put pucks in so much differently in the second period than the first.

"And then we could never get on the body to change the way the puck's coming up the ice.

"And because of that our gap was so loose."

A lack of confidence was one reason cited for the change.

"Most importantly, if you're going in on the forecheck, you've got to go in with enough anger and physicality that that puck stays on the way, it doesn't come up the pipe, the middle," Maurice added.

Jets defenceman Mark Stuart agreed that he and his mates didn't pressure the Flames the right way.

"It's our job to get in on them quicker so they don't have time to hit those guys," Stuart said. "But yeah, they were stretching two guys out which was pulling our D back. But in those situations you've still got to stay tight if you can. That's what they want you to do, they want you to back off and then they just tip it in or they did get a few chances off that, too.

"We kind of fell right into the trap there, with that. But give them credit, they did a good with those two guys coming out, too."

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca