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Jets’ Pavelec gets quickly chased out of Wild game

Dec 27, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT

Winnipeg Jets' goalie Ondrej Pavelec, of Czech Republic, stands in front of his goal before playing an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver, British Columbia on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) AP

The Minnesota Wild have averaged just 2.13 goals per game this season and entered tonight’s contest without Zach Parise. Despite that, Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec allowed three goals on seven shots in just 7:04 minutes.

After that display, the Jets yanked him in favor of Al Montoya.

And yet Winnipeg is far from out of this contest — in fact, they were on top going into the first intermission.

Minnesota netminder Niklas Backstrom turned aside just seven of 11 shots through 20 minutes. He has now allowed at least three goals in each of his last six starts.

If the Wild wish to take him out of the game, then 21-year-old netminder Johan Gustafsson will make his NHL debut. Josh Harding didn’t dress tonight, although he has been activated off of the injured reserve list.

  1. pavelfitzgerald - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Pavelec has been exposed as an athletic goalie who can make acrobatic saves but lacks solid mechanics & fundamentals.
    One of the reasons he makes those “highlight reel” saves is because he is always soo out of position. I hope Montoya gets a run as the starter for a few games

    • 19to77 - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:07 AM

      At least he’s slightly less appalling than Backstrom. It’s brutally obvious that guy’s over the hill.

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