It is on nights like these that Winnipeg Jets
coach Claude Noel
really puts on his thinking cap.
The Jets' 5-4 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers
on Tuesday night became a missed chance for the club to elbow past the Florida Panthers
into the Southeast Division lead and the Eastern Conference's third spot. Philadelphia tied that game at 4-4 with 10.8 seconds left in regulation before closing out the Jets in overtime.
Afterward, Noel admitted that he and his club were disappointed, but he did not expect the setback to linger inside the Winnipeg dressing room.
"I don't see that as an issue," Noel said.
Instead, Noel chose to find bright spots in the Jets' efforts against the Flyers, a team locked in its own playoff battle in the heart of the Eastern Conference. The Flyers erased three separate Winnipeg leads in taking the win. But Noel liked that his club continued to push back against Philadelphia.
"For me, the resilience is good," Noel said. "We had a chance to win the game. I like our group as much as I liked them yesterday and the day before."
The Jets were a quiet group after the loss, and Noel certainly noticed his club's discontent.
"I've got a really unhappy group in there," Noel said. "They're really disappointed. They're not real happy at all.
"I think our guys care about winning," he continued. "There is a will that I like. We try to find ways to win games. Our will was good. Our intent was good. We tried to get some stuff done."