Pavelec has been Ondrej the Giant in last four games

Jets centre Olli Jokinen (12) celebrates with goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) after defeating the Ducks...

Jets centre Olli Jokinen (12) celebrates with goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) after defeating the Ducks in Anaheim on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:54 PM ET

SAN JOSE - No player has undergone a more significant turnaround during the early stages of the Paul Maurice era than goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

Just over a week ago, the Czech netminder was in the midst of one of the toughest stretches of his NHL career, punctuated by the 6-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets that brought the end to Claude Noel’s tenure behind the Winnipeg Jets’ bench.

But Maurice went right back to Pavelec two days later and the slump seems like a distant memory.

During the Jets four-game winning streak, Pavelec has given up only seven goals while posting a .933 save percentage and 1.74 goals against average.

His best performance during that stretch came Tuesday in a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks that saw Pavelec make 40 saves.

“I felt really great all game long,” said Pavelec. “Our penalty kill was good, the guys battled hard.”

Jets forward Michael Frolik was certainly impressed by Pavelec.

“He was outstanding,” said Frolik.


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