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Jets Journal: Emotions in check

Under pressure, the Jets keep their their emotions in check; Clitsome joins the team.

Wednesday, 29.02.2012 / 4:17 PM / Jets Journal
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Jets Journal: Emotions in check
Under pressure, the Jets keep their heads up and their emotions in check.
Clitsome joins the Jets

Grant Clitsome has arrived in Winnipeg and unpacked his bags at the hotel. He joined his new teammates for a full team skate Wednesday morning at the MTS Centre. He was wearing number 24 and was paired up mostly with Mark Flood.

“It’s a whole adjustment process,” said Clitsome. “Claude just told me to come in and get to know the guys and get comfortable in your surroundings and ease your way in.  It’s the same group of guys who have been together all season. They are doing really well and in the midst of a playoff push so I just want to come in and help out where I can.

“I hope I can help the transition game, and help move the puck a little bit, be reliable defensively and just try to do my job out there.”

Clitsome is no stranger to Winnipeg as he played against the Manitoba Moose as well as in a pre-season game against the Jets as a member of the Blue Jackets.

“It’s been awesome,” Clitsome said of his first couple days in Winnipeg. “The people at the hotel and the guys here have been awesome making me feel like part of the team.

“I’m really excited. Everyone talks about how crazy the fans are here and how hockey crazy the city is. I was fortunate enough to play in that exhibition game here at the beginning of the season and witness it first hand. I’m excited to see what it’s like in a regular season game.”

Emotional roller-coaster

With 17 games remaining on the schedule, things continue to tighten up in the standings more and more. The pressure of winning games and keeping up in the standings can be overwhelming and emotionally grueling for any hockey player. Most players agree that it’s all part of the game of hockey, and you have to strive on that.

“Big time players play in big games,” said Blake Wheeler. “You don’t want to be a guy that shows up when it’s pond hockey when it’s game 65 and it doesn’t matter, you want to be a guy that plays big when the games count the most- and right now is when they count the most.”

Sometimes you hit a rut in the ice and fall, which might be what happened against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. The key is how quickly they get back up and rebound against another big matchup on Thursday.

“Every once in awhile you have those games where you don’t feel great,” said Andrew Ladd. “We looked out of sync and things weren’t clicking so we need to forget about it and move on- we have a big game tomorrow.”

The quote of the day? "It’s the latest biggest game of the year," said everyone in the Jets dressing room.

“It seems like every one coming up is the biggest game of the year but this one is a team we’re trying to catch," Ladd continued. "It’s a big four-point game and we’re on the outside looking in. It’s a game we need to have.”

For a goaltender, pressure is constant and something you have to be ready for day-in and day-out for the entire season.

“There is pressure all year, but I like it,” said Ondrej Pavelec. “That’s why we play hockey, to play under pressure and to play for the fans. You don’t get a choice; you have to handle it. Big players play their best hockey under pressure.”

 “There are 17 huge games for us coming up. Every game is like a playoff game and we need every win now.”




1 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46


A. Ladd 64 22 30 14 52
B. Little 64 24 27 11 51
B. Wheeler 62 17 29 14 46
D. Byfuglien 64 15 27 8 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 64 10 26 3 36
M. Frolik 64 13 20 4 33
D. Stafford 58 11 17 -19 28
J. Tlusty 54 13 11 -18 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
M. Hutchinson 19 7 5 .919 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
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