Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice delivers an impactful quote about playoff hockey

Listening to him speak is sort of an incredible experience.
Publish date:

Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice delivered one of the best quotes about playoff hockey you're likely to hear. 

It's won't live on in history like the Rangers' Mark Messier saying "we will win tonight" in 1994, nonetheless what Maurice said Tuesday morning in St. Paul about keeping playoff hockey simple is beautiful. 


Winnipeg could be down 3 keys players in Game 4 vs. Wild

Sign up for our daily newsletters

"You keep it simple because there's less time in the playoffs to do anything more creative. There's just not as much room on the ice. The intensity of checking, not just the physicality – the intensity, the speed of checking increases to the point where there's nothing left except the simple movement of the puck."

It's one thing to read his quote. It's another to hear him say it with a stoic, dead tone (26:53 in the video). 

Maybe it's just me, but his delivery strikes me as amazing, and it's no surprise when you hear him speak that he's turned Winnipeg into a machine of a team. 

Maurice is a bit of machine himself when it comes to delivering a good quote. 

On Monday, he said the Jets suffered from "the disease of slowness" in their Game 3 loss to the Wild. 

“It’s the disease of slowness,” Maurice said. “That’s what cost us the game," he said, via the Winnipeg Sun. "Everything we do is, how fast can we move, with the puck and without it? And we were off. Any of the symptoms that come after aren’t really important.”

Maurice's Jets were firing on all cylinders in Games 1 and 2, but the Wild punched them back in Game 3, and hope to do the same to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2 going into Game 5 Friday in Winnipeg. 

Puck drop tonight is just after 7 o'clock on CNBC and Fox Sports North. 

Next Up

u.s. district court minnesota - federal court minneapolis

Limits on in-person court activity extended for 45 days

The statewide order extends current limitations through March 15.

D'Angelo Russell / Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves need more from D'Angelo Russell

The Wolves haven't gotten what they expected since making a blockbuster trade.

oct. 20 snow crash

Spinouts, crashes still happening after snow leaves MN roads a mess

The snow storm caused at least 208 crashes this weekend.


For The Week: Food tips and tricks to get you through the next 7 days

BMTN's food writer Lindsay Guentzel makes life easier for Minnesotans.

snow, plow

Here's how much snow fell in Saturday's storm in Minnesota

MSP Airport had the highest total as of 7 a.m. Sunday with 5.3 inches.

Screen Shot 2021-01-18 at 3.17.49 PM

No KAT? No D'Lo? No problem as Timberwolves defeat Pelicans

The Timberwolves were without Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell, but still picked up a (SCORE) win.

Screen Shot 2021-01-23 at 7.53.44 PM

Spinouts, crashes across Twin Cities as snow gets heavier

There have been multiple incidents across the metro area.

Mason Branstrator

Family, friends raising funds for teen soccer standout with spinal injury

Mason Branstrator of Duluth was injured in a skiing accident.

Screen Shot 2021-01-22 at 9.08.16 PM

Tributes pour in after MN Supreme Court justice's daughter found dead

Olivia Chutich died near the campus of Iowa State University.

Image from iOS (96)

Early Saturday fire damages Burger King in Richfield

The fire was reported around 1:15 a.m. Saturday.


10 things to know about the Wild vs. Jets playoff series

MN has a ton more playoff experience than the Jets.

Winnipeg Jets' flight finally allowed to land in Minneapolis

Their travel plans on Saturday were interrupted by the blizzard.

Winnipeg hammers Wild into the offseason 5-0

Devan Dubnyk was pulled after giving up 4 goals in the first period.

Wild can't afford to go down 2-0 against Winnipeg

Going down 2-0 has happened too many times in Wild history.

Winnipeg takes Game 1 in slugfest against the Wild

Winnipeg doubled up the Wild in shots on goal.

Winnipeg could be without 3 key players in Game 4

Tyler Myers was injured late in Game 3 on Sunday.

Vegas has no faith in the Wild winning the Stanley Cup

Sort of a slap in the face considering the Wild's season.