Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec welcomes longer OT

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec towels off prior to an overtime shootout against the San...

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec towels off prior to an overtime shootout against the San Jose Sharks during NHL action at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Man. on Sun., Nov. 10, 2013. (KEVIN KING/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:27 AM ET

WINNIPEG - It’s music to Ondrej Pavelec’s ears.

The Winnipeg Jets goalie welcomes news the NHL is looking at longer overtimes to reduce the number of shootouts.

“I love it. I was waiting for this,” a grinning Pavelec said, Thursday.

Pavelec hates the shootout, even though he’s started to win them more often this season.

“Start to win, but don’t start to like it,” he said.

The Czech isn’t crazy about going to three-on-three play in extra time, though, as NHL GM’s have also discussed.

“That’s a little bit tough,” he said. “If you do 10 minutes of overtime I’m pretty sure somebody’s going to score. I would go four-on-four. That’s hockey.”

Not surprisingly, Jets forwards saw it another way.

The prospect of even more open ice in OT has them drooling.


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