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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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It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.

— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6