Goaltending key to turning around Jets road trip

Winnipeg Jets' Ondrej Pavelec makes a save against the Florida Panthers during the second period of...

Winnipeg Jets' Ondrej Pavelec makes a save against the Florida Panthers during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Florida March 8, 2013. (REUTERS/Rhona Wise)

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:22 AM ET

NEW YORK - It started on an almost inexplicable downer that had everyone in the Winnipeg Jets organization searching for answers.

Only four days later, the very same road trip has become full of positives.

Back-to-back dramatic victories over the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers have kept the Jets in the playoff hunt and have shown that this team can get the job done at gut check time.

There were several keys to the Jets bounce back after a demoralizing 4-1 loss to the Panthers Tuesday night in Sunrise, Fla.

No. 1 is simple: Goaltending, goaltending, goaltending.

Backup goaltender Al Montoya was the star of Thursday’s 2-1 win over the Lightning, while starter Ondrej Pavelec was both razor sharp and motivated in Friday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Panthers.

 


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