Jets find playing solid defence produces winning results

Tampa Bay Lightning right winger B.J. Crombeen and Winnipeg Jets centre Bryan Little tangle at the...

Tampa Bay Lightning right winger B.J. Crombeen and Winnipeg Jets centre Bryan Little tangle at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Jan. 7, 2014. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

Ken Wiebe, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:03 AM ET

Trying to find some traction in the defensive zone on a consistent basis has basically been an unsolvable riddle for the Winnipeg Jets during the better part of three seasons.

Although the sample size is extremely small, a mere two games into the Paul Maurice era, the Jets are showing signs of turning the corner in the area which has caused them the most difficulty and stress -- keeping the puck out of the net.

"The first thing we have to worry about is playing defence," said Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who has given up only three goals during the past two games. "If you play great defence, you create offence. It's the way we've played the past two games, it's been really good. We didn't give them much, that's the key."

But how have the Jets undergone such a dramatic turnaround?

 


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