Jets head coach speaks up on why the Jets lost against the Avalanche

Dawson McKenzie
April 24, 2024  (10:05)

Rick Bowness during his post-game press conference for the Winnipeg Jets.
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The Winnipeg Jets dropped game 2 against the Colorado Avalanche after leading the game, and head coach Rick Bowness spoke up about what happened during the game.

The Winnipeg Jets came out hot against the Colorado Avalanche for game 2 at home, coming out to a 2-1 lead in the game and looking like they would be able to get out to a 2-0 series lead. However, in the blink of an eye, the game turned, and the Jets would go on to lose 5-2. Now, head coach Rick Bowness explained what went wrong during the game.
«We don't get our D involved enough,» Bowness said. «They're throwing a lot of pucks in there, just throwing them at the net. We're not getting enough of that. We can spend more time in their zone and the only way we're going to do that is to win some battles low and get our defence more involved.

«And we're still passing up chances. We have to fix that. We can tell them all we want, ‘Shoot the puck, shoot the puck.' There has to be a commitment to get more pucks on the net."

The Jets and Avalanche is one of the highest-scoring series in recent history, with Connor Hellebuyck letting in an incredible 11 goals in just the first 2 games, something completely unlike his game this season. This game even saw a fluke goal resulting from a turnover by Hellebuyck, something Kyle Connor commented on after the game.
«It can, but we did a good job of realizing that's a fluky one,» Connor said. «How many times Connor goes back and plays the puck like that and it's bang-bang out, no problem. Our forwards can do a bit better job picking the forwards coming in, too. It's a team effort there, but at the same time that's one of those you just brush off. You know you're playing good at this point. Hopefully you follow up on the next shift.»

The Jets have now squandered their home-ice advantage and will have to take one back in Colorado.
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