There is a saying about not confusing effort with results, but against the New York Rangers Monday there was nothing wrong with the effort put forth by the Jets, but the result was a 2-1 loss.
The Rangers had only one power play goal on the season but found a way to get two for the win. The winner in the third came after the Jets had all sorts of pressure on Martin Biron, couldn't score and on the end of the shift took a penalty. Ryan Callahan on a rush tried to feed a cross ice pass, only to have it deflect off Zac Bogosian's skate and in. Some nights that is just how it goes. Jets did not score on the one power play chance they had.
Give the Rangers credit. For a team at the end of a seven game Europe to Vancouver to Winnipeg road trip, they were strong along the boards and for stretches kept the middle of the ice clogged up, frustrating the Jets. Jets still managed 28 shots.
"We deserved better," stated coach Noel after the game. "They were fortunate in their goals, we generated chances, had great pressure and had them on the run in the third, then we take the penalty. But you have to find ways to score. Goals are not coming easy, so you have to help the players out."
We may see some new combinations when the team returns to practice Wednesday, before heading out on a seven-game, 14-day road trip that starts Thursday in Philadelphia. (TSN Jets, TSN 1290).
"I liked the line of Wellwood, Stapleton and McArdle. They had spark, created chances. It was one of the best games for Stapleton," continued the coach. For McArdle it was his first game in a Jets uniform.
Bryan Little came into the game with seven shots in seven games but upped that total with five in the game. However Little and Blake Wheeler are still looking for their first goal of the year.
"This is how we have to play to win," added Johnny Oduya. "We didn't give them much, it was just one of those nights where we couldn't score."
Bogosian had another goal post on a blast from the point. "That is how it's going. Hopefully one goes in soon." Ten of the Jets 28 shots came from defenceman.
Alexander Burmistrov assisted on Nik Antropov's second goal of the season, extending his point streak to five games. His ice time was again over 20 minutes. Little was again good in the face off department, winning 12 of 19.
The road trip takes them to Philadelphia, down to Florida for a couple, up to play all three of the New York area teams, wrapping up in Buffalo. Next home game is November 10th against Florida.
Jets were minus Jim Slater who was banged up Saturday, while Ron Hainsey remains on IR.