Familiar result for Winnipeg Jets but they believe they're on right track

Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice tries to steady the troops during a second-period timeout...

Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice tries to steady the troops during a second-period timeout while trailing the Ottawa Senators 5-2 during NHL action at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Man., on Sat., March 8, 2014. (Kevin King/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:07 PM ET

In the moments after Thursday’s door-slamming loss to the Penguins, Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice said the post-mortem could wait.

The next morning, he got out the carving knives and began taking apart a team that sounds more and more like his own.

It was a grim job, as it always is.

“It’s a tough day to explain,” Maurice began. “You invest all your time to get to one stage to give yourself a chance to play in the playoffs. And you wake up and it’s gone... it’s an exceptionally empty feeling when you wake up and it’s over for you.”

Maurice is no stranger to the feeling. It is, after all, the ninth time in 14 NHL springs his team has been toe-tagged and slabbed, prematurely.

Two other times he’d already been fired by now.

If the Jets brass focuses on that part of his resume, Maurice might get a handshake and a polite “thanks for coming out.”


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