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Jets coach Noel addresses Winnipeg's recent struggles

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TSN.ca Staff
11/12/2011 12:09:13 AM
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The honeymoon phase for the Winnipeg Jets may have come to end on Thursday night.

The visiting Florida Panthers jumped out to a commanding four-goal lead in the first two periods, causing the hopeful cheers at the MTS Centre to turn into disappointed boos.

"You're not going to win if your players don't play to their potential," said head coach Claude Noel. "We had very few good players in the first period, very few in the second."

Despite a late charge in the third period, the Jets failed to make a dent in their win column for the fourth straight game.

"There was a gameplan in place, I thought that we would be better and we weren't. We wanted to be physical, we wanted to use speed, they got on the board early and they sat back and we watched them play. We turned pucks over, we did all the things that we didn't need to do."

The loss drops the Jets to 0-2-2 in their last four contests and 5-8-3 on the season, placing them in 14th in the Eastern Conference.

"[The loss] was all because of a lack of intensity, it's that simple. That controls your decisions and our decisions were poor," explained Noel.

There may be relief on the horizon for Winnipeg as they head back on the road to face the Columbus Blue Jackets, who sport the league's worst record.

Claude Noel (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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