Why say the Winnipeg Jets “struggled” in a 7-4 loss to the Montreal Canadiens when you could instead say that they were “horse [blank] from the drop of the first puck to the end.”
That was Jets head coach Paul Maurice’s take on the defeat, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
While they scored their fair share of goals, the Jets obviously allowed buckets of chances, including two-goal nights by Phillip Danault and Artturi Lehkonen. (If you haven’t seen Danault’s end-to-end masterpiece, do yourself a favor and give it a look.)
You can see Maurice let his team have it during the second period of Wednesday’s game in a video above. Here’s more from Maurice:
If nothing else, his tough night did inspire a funny meme or two.
One can understand Maurice’s frustration, especially since it leaves them firmly outside of the West’s wild card rankings. They’re not hopeless by any stretch, yet with losses like these and Patrik Laine‘s concussion situation, you can understand Maurice losing his patience.
Maybe this is just the spark this team needed … or maybe we’ll look back at this as a breaking point for Maurice as Jets head coach.
Either way, it was a rough night for the Jets. And it showed.