Ducks lose then Murray has his say
WINNIPEG 4 DUCKS 3 (OT)
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — It appears the questions about Ducks coach Randy Carlyle’s fate has followed the team to the Great White North.
A short time after the Ducks lost to the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in overtime — their franchise-record 11th loss in a row — general manager Bob Murray issued a statement saying he is not considering a coaching change.
“While it’s not my preference to make comments on this topic during the season, our recent play has led to many questions. Our fans are frustrated, rightfully so, and deserve a response from me,” Murray said. “At this time, I am not considering a coaching change. I am more focused on our players, specifically with who is going to step up in this situation.
“The way we played tonight was a step in the right direction, but we need much, much more. We have higher expectations for this group and they should expect more from themselves.”
Bryan Little’s goal with 10 seconds left in the extra period was the difference. Blake Wheeler, Patrik Laine and Ben Chiarot also scored and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves to help the Jets improve to 52-0 in their last seven games. They have won four straight at home.
“Tonight definitely wasn’t an easy one, though,” Little said. “[Anaheim is] a desperate team and they played that way and it made it a really hard night for us. No part of that game is easy.”
Carlyle said the Jets got some “lucky bounces” and benefited from a missed slashing penalty by the Jets’ Mark Scheifele on Cam Fowler in overtime.
“You just have to multiply and duplicate efforts like tonight,” Carlyle said. “Because if we do that, we’ll have success. And I think we can do some things better.”
Brian Gibbons, Rickard Rakell and Andrew Cogliano scored and John Gibson stopped 30 shots for the Ducks. They are 0-7-4 during the skid.
Chiarot tied it at three with 5:55 left in the third period with a bouncing shot that went past Gibson.
Anaheim led 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 after two periods but couldn’t hold on.
THE JETS’ Jacob Trouba, left, and Bryan Little celebrate after Little scored the winning goal in overtime Sunday night as the Ducks’ Rickard Rakell skates off.