Blake Wheeler: 'We've been blowing smoke for 3 years'

Winnipeg Jets winger Blake Wheeler skates in the warmup prior to taking on the New Jersey Devils in...

Winnipeg Jets winger Blake Wheeler skates in the warmup prior to taking on the New Jersey Devils in NHL action at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Man. on Sun., Oct. 13, 2013. (Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun/QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 PM ET

WINNIPEG - It was a simple case of same old, same old for the Winnipeg Jets.

Same old mental mistakes, like the two bad line changes that led to first-period goals.

Same old poor puck management.

Same old undisciplined penalties, including the boarding major and game misconduct to enforcer Anthony Peluso with 4:32 left in the second period that completely swung the momentum in the game thanks to a pair of power-play goals that turned a 3-3 tie into a two goal-deficit for the Jets.

Same old sounds of frustration coming out of the Jets' dressing room after blowing another game against a Central Division opponent after wrapping up a winless homestand on Saturday afternoon with a 6-4 loss to the Dallas Stars at MTS Centre.

"It's the same thing over and over again, for me," said Jets captain Andrew Ladd. "It's more the mental errors and not playing a smart game that kicks us in the ass every time."

Until the Jets can get mentally stronger and not continually shoot themselves in the foot, they seem destined for another season of mediocrity.

"What I say doesn't matter. It's what you do out on the ice. You can blow smoke as much as you want out in the media, we've been blowing smoke for three years. Myself and everyone who has stood in front of a microphone for three years, we've said the same (stuff)," said Jets right-winger Blake Wheeler, who scored twice and has four goals during the past two games. "What do you want me to say? That's about it. I don't really know what else to say."


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