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November 29 2011 09:44PM
For about two weeks, Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel has worried that his team can't finish games. In fact, on Tuesday morning, Noel said, "We've taken a few two-goal leads this year and we haven't been able to finish. That's what worries me most right now, our ability to finish."
He had every reason to be concerned on Tuesday night at Winnipeg's downtown MTS Centre.
The Jets had a 4-3 lead with 10 1/2 minutes left to play and gave up three unanswered goals to the not-necessarily sparkling Ottawa Senators and lost their first game of a five-game home stand -- and the first game of 13 out of 15 at home -- 6-4 to the visiting Sens. That's not a good way to start OR finish.
November 29 2011 11:05AM
With the Jets home for an extended period, it's time to re-examine the club's performance via the underlying numbers, as a follow up to my review in late October.
November 28 2011 12:30AM
It was a close thing, but last week's leader held off a strong challenge to remain in first for a second consecutive week.
November 27 2011 09:06PM
Congratulations to the 2011 Grey Cup Champion BC Lions!
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November 27 2011 12:11PM
If you happened to watch all three games played by the Winnipeg Jets this past week, you'd definitely get the feeling that this team is, at least, competing.
When the Jets left on their three-game road trip on Tuesday, they were 8-9-3 and coming off three improesive wins at home. They played hard in a 4-3 overtime loss in Washington, dominated the medicore Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 and then lost 4-2 to the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. They played quite well against the Bruins, but couldn't hold a 2-0 lead and will return home with a record of 9-10-4. While, at times, the trip looked good, it was, in the end, good-looking wheel-spinning. Harsh, perhaps, but that's the bare reality.