February 11, 2013
Boring hockey is best bet for Winnipeg Jets
By PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel (l) directs defencemen Dustin Byfuglien (c) and Tobias Enstrom during practice in Winnipeg, Man. Monday Feb. 11, 2013. BRIAN DONOGH/WINNIPEG SUN/QMI AGENCY

If you had trouble staying awake during the Jets’ last game, a 1-0 win in Ottawa, Saturday, you weren’t alone.

It turns out even being married to a Jet doesn’t make you immune to the effects of dull hockey.

“That’s what my wife says, too: ‘These games are boring to watch,’ ” Blake Wheeler said, Monday.

But Wheeler was much closer to laughing about it than apologizing.

“It’s all about winning.”

Actually, not all one-goal victories are created equal.


Take the 9-8 win over Philadelphia early last season. It may have kept everyone glued to the tube, but it didn’t come close to resembling Claude Noel-style hockey.

The win over the Senators did.

Which brings us to the Jets’ task this week: three games at home, starting with another early-season matchup with those same Flyers, Tuesday, followed by a Friday date with the Penguins, another team that tends to bring out the wild horse in Noel’s young ponies.


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