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Anyone and everyone associated with the Winnipeg Jets will be the first to say we have not won anything yet. Wholesale Adidas Nmd r1 Uk . And that is very true. But the Jets have created a buzz with their fan base, gotten the attention of hockey people, and with every win, the players become a more confident group. There is plenty of hockey to be played, and as much as making the playoffs may seem like the easy gauge on success, it runs far deeper than that. Individually, there have been many positives. But its the inner circle vibe that has created internal excitement. Coach Paul Maurice has talked about how the slow start to the season in the big picture was a positive. Back-to-back home losses dropped the record to 1-4, a split of the next two at MTS put them at 2-5, but it was that homestand where we started to see the change. Things were discussed in the room, the message from the coach was direct on how the team needed to play, and the road to playing the right way became less bumpy. The Jets went 14-5-5 over the next 24 games, including 8-2-4 on the road. The penalty killing was very good (taking too many penalties is an area of concern as they continue to be right at the top of the times shorthanded chart.) An adjustment was made and the struggling power play went on a 9-27 run (33.3 per cent). The team scored the games opening goal in eight straight games and 12 of 14. They scored 27 goals in eight games, Bryan Little scored the teams first hat-trick since the team relocated to Winnipeg, Dustin Byfuglien had a four-game goal streak, and despite being short-staffed, the team picked up points in eight straight, going 5-0-3. On the back end, Jacob Trouba was not only doing it defensively, but had nine points in nine games. Another positive has been winning the games the standings tell you that you are expected to win. And they have done it both at home and on the road. They did lose in a shootout in Colorado Thursday, giving up a 3-1 third period lead, but that may simply have been a case of playing five games in nine days with a depleted lineup. Byfuglien and Trouba were both just under 30 minutes of ice time in that game. Then there is the back-to-back 1-0 road wins in New York and Chicago. That leads us to solid goaltending. The tandem of Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson has been in the top five for goals-against throughout the season. Credit the goalies yes, but also the defensive system this group has embraced. Hutchinson is 6-0-2 since getting pulled in his first start of the year. And since that first game, has not allowed more than two goals in any of his starts. So lets start with scoring the games opening goal 20 times. Whats up with that, coach? Thats the players in the room. We talked about that at 2-5; routines of getting yourself ready to play, and that being your job, part of your preparation. So how the team gets ready to step on to the ice, their energy level, their lather, as we would say, that theyve gotten themselves into before the start. To be honest, I have no idea what they are doing in that room. And Im staying out of it. Its not a speech that I give an hour and a half before the game that gets them ready. Theyve got really good leadership in there, we talk about 20-man leadership as well, each player has a role to get himself prepared, but also to help get the team prepared, making sure the guys around him are up to that right level. Were ready to play and have been for quite some time. Thats on our captains and alternate captains, but the entire room as well. You wont get much from the players, as what happens in the room, stays in the room has been the motto. But you do hear things like, we are a more vocal group, both on the ice and in the room, we are trying to hold each other accountable, play for each other, everyone has a voice in the room, be a hard team to play against and we are finding ways to win. All teams have games on their schedule that coaches red flag as games they worry about. Examples would be road games on consecutive nights against the Rangers and Blackhawks, a game in Ottawa after a very emotional home game against Pittsburgh, 6pm start in Nashville and a 4pm start the next day in Minnesota (got down 3-0 early in Minnesota, came back to get a point), and a home game against Edmonton after a road trip and a four-day break. They have managed these stretches very well. Our back end has been the strength of our team, that theory will be tested, was the comment from Maurice when the team lost Grant Clitsome, Toby Enstrom and Zach Bogosian to injury. Not many teams have the ability to move a forward back and have him lead your team in ice-time his first two games back on defence, but that was the case with Byfuglien. Or have call-up Ben Chairot average 20 minutes in his first five games. Its eased the injury situation for sure. Then Evander Kane gets suspended. He has 815 hits in 344 NHL games but his first suspension. So now dealing with a depleted forward group, rookie Adam Lowry records his first two-goal game in the win in Dallas. They have worked their way through being a quiet team, bench communication is much better, and with every day, the defence-first style becomes a bigger part of the team fabric. Individually, each of the reasons for success is small. But connect all the dots and put everything into one file and you have something. Now label the file IDENTITY. Slowly that is what is being created. A team that is described by visiting coaches as big, fast, physical, they never quit, dont give you much and a team that is tough to play against. After the win in Dallas, this from Lindy Ruff: There were areas they physically dominated us. On the never-quit topic, in their last 10 losses, one has been by three goals, one by two, two by one goal in regulation, with the rest in extra time. They do not get blown out. But there is no one going ahead and guaranteeing that the road will continue to be a smooth one. Its the NHL. Other teams have good players. The Jets play in a tough conference and even a tougher division. Despite the success they have had, one look at the standings tells you the foot cannot come off the pedal. But keep in mind, the standings are simply a by-product of how you play the game. And that is what is most important. There is not a lot of room for error. The importance of the games will get ramped up in the second half of the season, especially post all-star break. But so far, its been enjoyable. Adidas Gazelle China Wholesale . - The Minnesota Vikings have ruled Christian Ponder out for Sundays game at Baltimore, because the quarterback has not yet passed all of his post-concussion tests. Adidas Lite Racer Trainers Ladies . Already owning gold from competition in Vancouver in 2010, Loch posted a combined four-run time of 3:27.526. That included a track-record third run of 51. http://www.nmdukonlinestore.com/nmd-chuk...deals.html .com) - Matt Duchene picked up the deciding goal early in the third period and added an assist, as Colorado escaped with a 4-3 victory over Dallas at Pepsi Center.PHOENIX -- Gerald Green came to the NBA straight from high school with an abundance of raw talent that never translated into a big-time pro career. Then came his off-season trade to Phoenix -- his seventh team in seven seasons -- and he seems finally to have found a home. On Thursday night, especially in one remarkable quarter, Green was as good as it gets against one of the best teams in the NBA. He scored 25 of his career-high 41 points in the third quarter and the Suns erased a 16-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-122. "I havent done nothing in this league," Green said. "Every day I come into practice or come into a game, Im just trying to prove myself." Markieff Morris added 24 points, including two free throws with 24.4 seconds to play. Goran Dragic scored 22, including six of the Suns final 12 points after Oklahoma City led 118-116. Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 36 for the Thunder, who would have pulled a half-game ahead of Indiana for the NBAs best record with a victory. Kevin Durant added 34. Greens outburst fell one point shy of a Suns record for most points in a quarter set by Stephon Marbury in 2002. His career-best eight 3-pointers also was one shy of the franchise mark. "I love the way hes playing right now," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We knew he could shoot the ball. Theres not too many guys that can get on a roll like that. The thing that makes him unique (is) some guys you can get up into and maybe challenge a shot a little harder. But Gerald just jumps over everybody. Hes making shots that other guys cant get that high to shoot." It was Phoenixs second 40-point performance in four games. Dragic had 40 against New Orleans on Friday. Green set a career high for the second time this season. He had 36 at Denver on Feb. 18. In the third quarter, Green was 7 of 11, including 6 of 6 on 3s. Fouled on a 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds left, Green missed one of the three free throws or he would have tied Marburys franchise record. "I was just feeling it, man," he said. "Guys were finding me in transition. I was just being real aggressivve. Fake Ultra Boost For Sale. ... Im not afraid to take big shots. Im not afraid to take any type of shot. " The Thunder had won three in a row, but have lost four of seven. "We gave up 15 3s and we put them on the free throw line 39 times," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "Youve got to get back. Weve been talking about it for about 10 days now. Youve got to get back in a defensive disposition when we play these teams who are small and fast and quick." Westbrook agreed. "Defensively, thats got to be our identity," he said. "We can score with the best of them, but weve got to be able to stop them." After trailing by as many as 16 in the quarter, the Suns scored the final 14 points of the third to lead 101-98 entering the fourth. The run reached 21-3 when Marcus Morris 3 put Phoenix up 108-101 with 9:34 to play. But Westbrook brought the Thunder back. He made three 3s, the last to tie it at 116 with 4:34 to play. Ibakas dunk put Oklahoma City back on top, 118-116, with 4:10 to go. Dragic tied it with a driving layup with 2:22 left, then his reverse layup gave the Suns a 118-116 lead with 2:02 left. He was fouled on the play but missed the free throw, one of 10 misses from the line by Phoenix. Oklahoma City was 19 of 19. Markieff Morris scored to make it 122-118 with 1:11 left, then Durant cut it to 122-120 with 1:01 to go. Dragics 16-footer boosted the lead to 124-120 with 45.9 seconds remaining. Durant scored again to make it 124-122 with 40.9 seconds left. But Morris made two free throws, then twin brother Marcus made two more with 5.6 seconds to go. Up by four at the half, Oklahoma City used a 13-3 surge to build a 96-80 lead on Caron Butlers fourth 3-pointer with 3:47 left in the third. Notes: The Suns were without centre Miles Plumlee for the second game in a row with a sprained shoulder. ... Phoenix G Eric Bledsoe is close to playing and could be back in any of the coming three games. ... The Thunder had won three in a row in Phoenix. ... Oklahoma Citys 41-point first quarter was its highest-scoring quarter of the season and the highest-scoring quarter for a Suns opponent. ' ' '
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