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Pavelec rips Jets after huge blow to playoff hopes

Mar 27, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

Having already shouldered a mammoth workload this season — 1906 shots faced, fifth-most in the NHL — Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec was livid after Monday’s 6-4 loss to Ottawa, a game the Winnipeg Free Press called “an absolute defensive nightmare.”

The guy that’s kept Winnipeg in so many games this season watched as his playoff chances were essentially snuffed out.

But rather than bite his tongue, Pavelec let loose.

“This hockey is not going to take you to the playoffs,” he said after the Jets allowed six even-strength goals. “Even if we make it, if we’re going to play like that everybody’s going to kill us.”

Pavelec seemed especially irate at Ottawa’s fifth goal, scored just 24 seconds after Winnipeg tied the game:

“There’s got to be more responsibility there,” he said. “You tie the game with three minutes left and everybody’s so excited at a time when you need every point and then they score like 10 seconds later.”

This isn’t the first time Pavelec’s seen a defensive breakdown — far from it. The Jets have been nightmarish at times in their own end, a big reason why they rank 24th in goals allowed (2.88 per game) and have surrendered 47 power play goals, fourth-most in the NHL.

Pavelec said things need to change.

“You fight for the playoffs — this isn’t the hockey that’s going to take us to the playoffs,” he explained. “This is the hockey like summer hockey, exhibition games. We had a lot of scoring chances, a lot of shots to the net. Offensively I think we were good.

“But defensively it’s about five guys on the ice… I don’t know what to say. It’s a tough loss, but it’s been like that before.”

  1. pavelfitzgerald - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Can’t blame the guy, he’s carried this team on his back all year & there still mediocre. At the start of the year the Jets couldn’t score enough goals to win the 2-1, 3-2 games & now they’re scoring 3-6 goals a game but it’s pointless because they’re letting in 4-7 goals a game. Goodfor Pavy for being honest

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      There’s something wrong with Noel’s system I think. The Jets d-men are always scrambling to get back to their zone when the other team gets the puck. Part of the problem, IMO, is that they have a whole bunch of offensive d-men, which is fine until they get caught flatfooted in the other team’s zone. You’d think Huddy, who covered Coffey’s keester in Edmonton, would figure that out and make the necessary changes. Byfuglien has little to no hustle and seems to do little except send guys flying with a little push if he manages to catch them. They need to put him up at RW because he is a terror when he’s playing offensively. Get Flood playing again too. I’m just hoping they get a top-10 draft pick because there’s a glut of good d-men in the pool this year.

  2. unknowneric - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Can’t blame him for being frustrated, but it’s very hard to criticize this team given that the talent level just isn’t there. Yes, there are some guys like Kane and Byfuglien, but most of the roster is a bunch of no-name scrappers. And the heart they’ve shown in staying in this race until now is pretty impressive, in my worthless opinion.

    • pfpmb - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM

      I agree that Pavlec has every right to be upset and frustrated. I noticed last night at the game when he swung his stick across the crossbar after the Sens 5th goal.

      There biggest problem is they don’t have two consistent scoring lines to create match up troubles for other teams.

      Pavelec, Byfuglien, Wheeler and Bogosian are their star players. Burmistrov has the highest ceiling on the team. Little plays well when Wheeler’s playing well. Same with Ladd. Kane, in my opinion, has no hockey sense. I have yet to see him pass up a low chance shot when there’s a man open. All defencemen know his one move. I say trade him if the right offer comes up.

  3. cfab44 - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    cant keep leaving your goaltender out to dry

  4. crazemastercraze - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    HAS ANYBODY WATCHED THIS TEAM ON TV? its been a long time since i’ve ever seen a team play with such reck-loose abandon, they rush so fast into the attacking zone that they get caught if the puck goes to the other team and have to scramble back while a 2 on 1 or 3 on 1 forms! The “Jets” may be the most appropriately named team in the league!

  5. danphipps01 - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Hard to do anything but respect the guy. He’s absolutely played his heart out this season and now it seems they’ll still manage to come up just a little short. To give everything you’ve got like that and then see your teammates blow it on careless mistakes must cut deep. Guy’s done nothing but buy them victories. They owe him better than they give.

  6. yotesfan3 - Mar 28, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Thrashers 2.0

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