WINNIPEG - Old habits die hard, as the Winnipeg Jets are finding out these days.
Two nights after an overtime loss to the lowly New York Islanders, the Jets were ill equipped to handle the heavy game of the L.A. Kings on Thursday. The result was a 3-1 loss thanks to a lack of confidence, bad penalties and one particularly ugly turnover in front of 15,004 spectators at MTS Centre.
All four of Winnipeg's penalties were offensive zone infractions, and L.A.'s insurance tally from Alec Martinez with 4:19 remaining in the third period came with Winnipeg right-winger Blake Wheeler sitting in the penalty box for a careless high sticking penalty in the Kings zone.
"Bad penalties are bad penalties," head coach Paul Maurice. "I gotta go back and look at it on tape before I say which ones I didn't like. Some of them, just the game happens. You get a (bad) break. I didn't get a look at that call on Blake very closely. We have addressed any of the other ones I wasn't pleased with."