Penguins 4, Jets 0

- March 29th, 2013

PITTSBURGH — Winnipeg’s two-game road trip ended with a thud, a 4-0 loss to the Penguins, that most everyone saw coming.

Sure, there was a chance the Penguins could have looked past the Jets, but this team is so well-rounded right now, there was just no way that was going to happen. It is such a well-oiled machine. I haven’t seen Chicago in person this year, but the Penguins have to be the Cup favourite right now.

Yes, Marc-Andre Fleury couldn’t stop a beach ball last year, but the Pens have now given up nine goals in their last 10 games. That means they’re giving up an average of 0.9 goals per game. That is just silly.

Here are a few more thoughts on the game and on the Jets …

• Winnipeg recorded a franchise first on Thursday night when it was not assessed a penalty. That goes all the way back to Atlanta’s first season of 1999-2000. You’d think you’d normally win the game when you don’t give the other team a power play, but the Penguins are a different animal.

• The Jets came out OK in the first period, but their top-level intensity couldn’t last even 20 minutes. The Penguins had seized control of the contest by the 15-minute mark of the opening frame, and that was that.

• The Penguins beat the Jets to sooooo many pucks. Are the Jets just that slow? Are the Penguins that fast? It seemed like men against boys in the skating department.

• Head coach Claude Noel said Al Montoya was his best player. He’s right about that.

• Ron Hainsey made a funny in the post-game interview when he said he was happy they didn’t have to worry about facing the Penguins again — unless they meet in the Eastern Conference final. You never know with Hainsey if he’s joking or not. Technically, I guess he has to say that. A couple media folks chuckled, though.

• Speaking of Hainsey, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff should be a seller at the deadline. If the price is right, he should unload any high-priced, UFA talent if someone wants them. The Jets aren’t anywhere close to being an upper-echelon team. They can still make the playoffs even if they unload a couple of veterans, but it’s time for the brass to put its own stamp on the roster. Why not get a couple of draft picks in the process?

• The Jets just can’t win in Pittsburgh. That’s 12 losses in a row for them, and they’ve been outscored 57-25 in those games. That includes being outscored 20-9 in three games since they became the Winnipeg Jets.

• Sidney Crosby said the Jets looked worn out at the end of a road trip. It was a two-game road trip. With a day off in between. And they didn’t even practice. No excuses.

• The bottom line is the Jets are still sitting pretty. They have a six-point lead on the reeling Hurricanes, who will skate onto the MTS Centre ice on Saturday in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. A win, and the Jets are all but in.

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