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Jets keeping promise to make stronger NHL playoff push in sophomore season

Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 3:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Jets keeping promise to make stronger NHL playoff push in sophomore season

WINNIPEG - Exactly a year ago Wednesday, the Winnipeg Jets were floundering below the line that separates NHL playoff contenders from the also-rans.

Now they're top dog in the Southeast Division and finding ways to win games, not lose them.

Last year, James Neal recorded his second NHL hat trick and Sidney Crosby had four assists in his first home game in more than three months as Pittsburgh downed the Jets 8-4.

Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec was pulled in the second period after allowing five Penguins goals on 24 shots.

Flash forward and the team is celebrating a 3-1 win over conference heavyweights Boston, a game in which Pavelec was clearly the difference maker.

Coach Claude Noel says the team is following the plan he set out for them as they prep for a two-game home stand against the Washington Capitals.

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I first met him when I was 19 years old and he coached me for 13 consecutive years. I don't know how many athletes who have had that pleasure. Al Arbour was a man that left us not only feeling like champions, but left us with a lot of great memories that we can carry on through life.

— Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin on former coach Al Arbour, who passed away Friday at the age of 82