BOSTON – The rocky start to their five-game road trip continued Saturday for the Winnipeg Jets, as they were thoroughly beaten 4-1 in Boston.
The lone goal came from Adam Lowry with under three minutes left as the Jets were handled in every facet of the game.
“I got to jobs: one is to prepare my hockey team and the other is to run the bench. That team wasn’t prepared to play, and that’s on me,” explained head coach Paul Maurice after the game. “I didn’t see it coming, couldn’t make enough adjustments to make it change. I’m not looking at that room, I look at what I did to get this hockey club ready, because it wasn’t good enough for this league.”
Winnipeg managed just 12 shots on goal while Michael Hutchinson did his best to make 34 saves.
“They have a good team, move the puck well, and they fire the puck at the net every chance they get. As a goalie, you just have to be ready for it,” said Hutchinson. “Our guys, we battled hard, blocked some key shots, even in the third period we had guys making key blocks on scoring chances.”
The Jets don’t have much time to dwell on this loss, as they take on the Hurricanes this afternoon at 4 p.m.
“It’s almost better it’s a quick turnaround,” Lowry admitted. “This is one out of twenty that we didn’t come out the way we wanted to. We’re going to look to change that and have a better effort.”
The Jets have officially hit the quarter-mark of the season, and through 20 games have a record of 9-9-2. That happens to be the exact same record they had last year at this point before finishing the season with 78 points.