On Tuesday night the Winnipeg Jets faced a Tampa Bay Lightning side playing their back up goaltender Anders Lindback. Lindback has a .883 save percentage and allows a huge 3.21 goals a game. Awful stats for an NHL goalie.
Yet Winnipeg still couldn’t test him.
The Jets managed a season low 14 shots and the only goals they registered in the 4-2 loss came on power plays.
At the end of the game they left the ice to a chorus of rightly deserved boos in a quite embarrassing display.
“They paid for their tickets…they can do whatever they want. And we got what we deserved (the boos).” That’s how Jets net-minder Ondrej Pavelec summed up the performance.
Pavelec was the only Jets player to come away with his head held high after making 29 saves and doing his best to keep them in the game.
Pavelec then slammed his teammates pitiful attempt: ”You can lose, but at least you have to show up. The fans want to see you play hard, and we just didn’t today. It’s disappointing, that’s for sure.” “We have a day off tomorrow,” he said. “Actually, we had a day off today, so we had two days off.”
Head coach Claude Noel wasn’t any more optimistic when he spoke to the press: “It was probably the worst we played,” Noel said. “We had nothing. We got no play out of very little, so for me it’s not a good day.
“(We couldn’t) muster anything. Shots, the battles, anything. We didn’t create. We got a couple power play goals, but it was an empty game that we got very little production in any facet of the game. “I don’t have the answers. I don’t have them 15 minutes after that.”
The Jets are currently sitting in last place in the Central Division and boast a four game losing streak. It doesn't look like things are going to get better for the suffering fans anytime soon...