Jets coach defends goalie Pavelec

Ondrej Pavelec of the Winnipeg Jets can't make the stop on this goal by Alec Martinez (not shown)...

Ondrej Pavelec of the Winnipeg Jets can't make the stop on this goal by Alec Martinez (not shown) of the Los Angeles Kings March 6, 2014 at the MTS Centre. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images/AFP)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:04 PM ET

The Winnipeg Jets, coming off one of their toughest losses in franchise history, will attempt to get up off the mat and finish off their five-game road trip with a victory tonight at Jobing.com Arena against the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Jets blew a 4-0 lead last night in Anaheim and lost 5-4 in overtime, becoming the first NHL team in more than four years to lead a game by four goals and not win. Winnipeg, which is 1-2-1 on its road trip and 33-33-10 overall, can’t be eliminated from the Western Conference playoff race tonight, but it’s only a matter of time. The Coyotes are in eighth place in the conference, eight points up on the Jets, and Winnipeg has six games left.

Ondrej Pavelec will get the start once again for the Jets. Head coach Paul Maurice defended his number one netminder Tuesday morning, even though No. 31 is Enemy No. 1 with Jets fans right now.


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