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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

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.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory