Most nights, Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel is the picture of analysis and composure no matter what the result. Noel didn't raise his voice with reporters after Saturday's 8-5 defeat by the Pittsburgh Penguins, but there was surely steam seeping from his ears in the hallway of the Consol Energy Center. "We gave up more odd-man rushes in two periods of play than we did in our last 10 games," Noel said. "Quite frankly, I find it as the players being disrespectful to each other, to the goaltending, everything. "Was there anything good out of that game? We scored five goals and gave up eight." Noel refused to send any heat to goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who was left to contend with the hungry Penguins. "We hung him out to dry," the coach said. "I'm not going to sit here and blame the goaltender. Eight goals, yeah, but he should be the most livid guy in the room, teammates doing that to you. It's awful." The Jets actually had a dream start, up 2-0 through 10 minutes. Maybe they were thinking about running up the score? "They just weren't thinking. Period," Noel said. "Some of the plays they were making were poor. Give me a break. "We started off OK for the first 10 minutes but you take your pick of which areas you want to cover... turning pucks over, D's are up the ice, getting caught." The real giveaway of the level of Noel's anger was that he hadn't even given a thought to Tuesday's home game against the New York Islanders.
Pavelec left 'hung out to dry'
Winnipeg Free Press | Feb 12