Jets find positives in shootout loss to Capitals

Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec hangs his head after Capitals winger Martin Erat scored the winning goal...

Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec hangs his head after Capitals winger Martin Erat scored the winning goal in a shootout during NHL action in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:45 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Andrew Ladd did exactly what leaders are supposed to do when they're in a funk.

Faced with a large pile of adversity, the Jets captain said he wasnít going to challenge any of his teammates to be better until he found his own game.

He said bluntly that he needed to be better and would be better as the Jets closed out a six-game homestand against a former Southeast Division rival and thatís exactly what Ladd did.

By leading with his actions, Ladd seemed to pull many of his teammates along with him in what was probably his best game of the campaign and certainly the most spirited of this six-game span.

Ladd finished the evening with three assists and then scored in the penalty-shot contest, though the Jets had to settle for the silver-lining point in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night before a crowd of 15,004 at MTS Centre.


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