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Jets shake off Sabres to stay in East mix

Apr 22, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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The Winnipeg Jets insist on keeping the heat on the rest of the East’s playoff bubble teams.

While they remain in ninth place, the Jets still have a shot to make the postseason thanks to a tight 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. (Look for an updated view of the East playoff picture once the Pittsburgh Penguins-Ottawa Senators game is over.)

The Sabres gave the Jets more than a few scares, yet Ondrej Pavelec added to his vault of highlight reel saves to keep Winnipeg in the lead.

Aaron Gagnon opened up the scoring in the game with a 1-0 goal, only to see Thomas Vanek tie things up on the power play. Antti Miettinen won it about midway through the third period with a slapper.

The Jets have two games remaining on their schedule: a road game against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday and then a home contest vs. the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Tomorrow’s match against the Caps is the marquee matchup, as the Southeast Division crown is still up for grabs:

Washington: 52 points with three games left (22 regulation/OT wins)
Winnipeg: 51 points with two games left (22 ROW)

In other words, there’s still plenty of hope for the Jets, even if they need a little help.

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