Jets look lifeless against Blue Jackets

WINNIPEG, MB- The struggles continue for the Winnipeg Jets as they have now lost five in a row; they were beaten 6-3 by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Jets were looking for answers after an embarrassing loss to Tampa on Tuesday night but will need to search harder after a brutal loss Saturday night that saw them booed off the ice by the fans who live and breathe Winnipeg Jets Hockey.

Eric O'Dell

Eric O’Dell scored first career NHL goal in loss to Jackets – image courtesy of NHL

Things looked good early as the Jets held a 1-0 lead after one period and although it wasn’t flashy it looked like they were playing a structured system that they have been talking about all season.

“I think we had a good start, a few things go the other way, frustration sets in and we let it get the best of us,” captain Andrew Ladd said. “It just continued to spiral after that.”

The Jets got goals from Eric O`Dell his first NHL goal , Toby Enstrom got his 5th , and Bryan Little snapped a 12 game drought with his 15th on the power play.

Ondrej Pavelec allowed six goals on 26 shots in the loss.

Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves on 31 shots including a couple huge high lite reel stops on Bryan Little and also had some luck as the Jets hit 2 posts.

Things seemed to get ugly for Winnipeg in the second period as they gave up four goals in nine minutes to go down 4-1 .

The power play gave up some shorthanded chances before finally getting burned for a shorty for the 6th time this season.

Columbus got goals from Mark Letestu who got his 3rd and 4th , Boone Jenner got his 7th and 8th including a penalty shot goal, Nick Foligno got his 12th, and Cam Atkinson his 13th.

“That’s our main goal — to get into the playoffs,” Foligno said. “We’ve got to continue to win more games to get ourselves as much over .500 as possible. Our goal is not complete, we’re not satisfied and we have to play like that.”

The Blue Jackets were playing a back-to-back and had arrived in Winnipeg early in the morning and seemed ripe for the picking but they were the ones who took the play to the Jets and scored four straight goals in the second to put this game out of reach.

It looks like the honeymoon is over for Winnipeg as fans booed them off the ice and were leaving early as they are sick of the lack luster play.

“You feel like you’re in a deep pit and trying to trying to crawl and scratch your way out of it,” Ladd said. “You get a good start and all of a sudden, bang-bang, there are two pucks in your net and maybe panic sets in a little bit.”

It almost looks like changes are needed with this team, maybe a coaching change , or a shake-up with a trade .

“The game certainly unraveled in the second period on mistakes that were stuff that I’ve never seen before,” Jets cpach Claud Noel said. “And then the third period was the third period. Some of the stuff we saw was a little wild. Some of the breakdowns, we’ve never done this stuff all year.”

The Jets look like they are going to bury themselves from playoff contention as they are now ten points out of the final spot.

“It’s not easy right now,” Little said. “It’s tough to stay positive, and it’s kind of hurting everyone’s confidence right now.”

The Jets will host the Coyotes on Monday night at MTS Centre and hope to stop this losing skid.

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