Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien does his best Marshawn Lynch impression (video)
The Winnipeg Jets now are down three games to none to the Anaheim Ducks in the teams’ first-round series after Monday night’s 5-4 overtime loss in front of the team’s rabid fans at MTS Centre.
With the Jets searching for answers and facing a nearly insurmountable climb back into the series, experts are squarely pointing fingers at one of the team’s stars and leaders, Dustin Byfuglien, blaming him and his sub-par play for where the team finds itself.
After the game, Byfuglien stole a page from Marshawn Lynch’s media relations playbook — one that the Seattle Seahawks running back exploited during the buildup to Super Bowl XLIX — by repeating the same phrase over and over.
Various reports indicate Byfuglien uttered the same line — “As long as we stick together as a team we’ll be all right” — five times to separate inquiries. He reportedly used some variation of the phrase “we have to stick together as a team” at least 10 times during his session with the media.
Byfuglien is pointless after three games in the series, “appeared to lose common sense, repeatedly playing out of position and taking two momentum killing trips to the box,” writes The Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle.
One of those trips to the sin bin was the result of Byfuglien shoving Corey Perry to the ice after his second period goal that gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead.
Jets coach Paul Maurice, discussing how Byfuglien lost his cool, called the minor “a penalty he can’t take.” Reports on Tuesday indicate that Byfuglien won’t receive supplementary discipline from the NHL for his actions.
While that may indeed be the case, no reporter should have even bothered asking Byfuglien about it. The star clearly learned a thing or two about how to caustically handle the media from Lynch.
[H/T Pro Hockey Talk, The Score, image via Sports World News]