Ducks lose then Mur­ray has his say

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - As­so­ci­ated press


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.

Trevor Ha­gan As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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