Thursday was a tough night for Jets fans.
Despite fighting and clawing as hard as they could, the depleted Jets fell to the Flames 4-0 in a game four elimination match.
“I thought tonight looked like our season,” said head coach Paul Maurice after the game. “They played as hard as they could. They truly did.”
Some in-game lineup changes were put forth Thursday by Maurice having Blake Wheeler center Nik Ehlers and Kyle Connor, who both had a strong series.
But whatever they tried, they just couldn’t beat Flames netminder Cam Talbot. The series was tough from the get-go as the Jets lost both Patrik Laine and Mark Schiefele in game one, while Mason Appleton also was injured.
Maurice revealed after the game that Scheifele had received a second opinion on his Achilles injury and described it as a “crush” injury rather than a cut. No long term impacts are expected.
Laine, meanwhile, suffered a sprain to his left hand that kept him from being able to hold onto his stick.
“The feeling now is complete emptiness,” said Maurice. “The payoff for it was nothing, other than we’ll find it in a couple weeks, a couple months. The growth of these young men that will learn to be stronger and heavier players in the playoffs and will develop.”
Blake Wheeler said he was proud, but also disappointed in what happened.
“Realistically there were plenty of opportunities for us to fold it in and chalk it up to a lost season and move on to next year,” said Wheeler. “I’d say I’m proud and I’m very disappointed that we couldn’t catch a break. I’m not saying this series gets flipped on its head by having Mark and Patrik, you have to give Calgary a lot of credit, I just would have loved to play this series with those two guys and see how that would have shaken out.”
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