Many bright spots in loss

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - SPORTS WINNIPEG JETS - By Ed Tait

ST. PAUL, MINN. — It is a re­sult that means noth­ing and, at the same time, absolutely ev­ery­thing for Claude Noel and the Win­nipeg Jets. Yes, it’s only the pre- sea­son. And, yes, there were still some warts in Satur­day’s 4- 3 shootout loss to the Min­nesota Wild at the Xcel En­ergy Cen­ter. But there was also a lot of good for the Jets, es­pe­cially when mea­sured against Thurs­day’s lack­lus­tre 4- 1 loss to the Wild that had fists poised over panic but­tons all over Win­nipeg.

“We were a lot bet­ter,” said Noel. “We played way bet­ter than we did the other night, right from the ef­fort to team play. We de­fended way bet­ter, our power play helped us out ( go­ing 2- for- 4) and we didn’t get dis­cour­aged be­ing down 2- 0 ( af­ter the first pe­riod).

“I liked the re­siliency of our group. They stuck to the plan. It speaks vol­umes for the guys that were in the lineup.”

PHO­TOS BY TOM OLMSCHEID / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Jets’ Matt Halis­chuk can’t quite get this past Wild goalie Nik­las Back­strom, but Win­nipeg gave Min­nesota all it could han­dle the grudge match fol­low­ing Thurs­day’s Wild win in Win­nipeg.

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