Many bright spots in loss
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.”
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.