Jets prepare for Lightning
KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
|Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman battles for the puck against Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler during the overtime period of their NHL hockey game in Tampa, Florida Feb. 2, 2012. (REUTERS/Brian Blanco)
WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets showed up for work on Wednesday and turned the page.
After dropping a 5-4 overtime decision to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night — in a game that saw them give up a goal in the waning seconds of regulation and the final minute of the fourth period — the Jets were simply doing their best to prepare for Thursday’s date with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“We don’t have time to dwell on things, the game tomorrow is too important,” said Jets captain Andrew Ladd. “We look at the mistakes we made last game, improve on that and then we move forward.
“It’s not the best sleep I ever had but today is a new day. Sometimes in this game, you have to have a short memory and we look forward to playing a team that’s playing really well and in our division.”
Tuesday’s loss spoiled a spectacular 50-save effort from goalie Onderj Pavelec.
“We’re all disappointed we didn’t have the two points,” said Pavelec. “It’s always disappointing when you lose a game, especially (one) you think you should win.
“We lost a point. But we’ll take the point. At the end of the year it could (make) a big difference.”
Despite dealing three players off their active roster over the past week, the Lightning are riding a three-game winning streak but will be without forward Vinny Lecavalier, who is out with an upper-body injury.
Speaking of injuries, Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian took to the ice on his own Wednesday morning, so he remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury that has kept him out of the lineup for the past four games.
A total of eight Jets hit the ice for the optional skate on Wednesday, including goalie Chris Mason, defencemen Mark Stuart and Mark Flood and forwards Tanner Glass, Chris Thorburn, Nik Antropov, Eric Fehr and Antti Miettinen.
Jets head coach Claude Noel opted not to speak with the media on Wednesday.