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Maurice’s Jets hand Ducks their first regulation home loss of season

Jan 22, 2014, 12:57 AM EDT

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On Tuesday, it became clear that Paul Maurice, Ondrej Pavelec and the Winnipeg Jets’ hot streak trumped the Anaheim Ducks’ astounding home record, as the Jets squeezed by with a 3-2 win.

With that, both Maurice and Pavelec are on four-game winning streaks while the Ducks finally lost a game in regulation at home, as they’re now 20-1-2 at The Pond.

Make no mistake about it, Pavelec was the difference-maker tonight. The 26-year-old stopped 40 out of 42 shots as Anaheim dominated the play by almost every measure beyond the most important one (the final score).

With this win, the Jets move to .500 once more as they’re 23-23-5. It’s easy to see that they have more on the line; Winnipeg’s playoff hopes hinge on finishing strong, so to start, they need to do well at the end of this month. Following Thursday’s road game against San Jose, they’ll play three of four at home before a challenging four-game road trip.

The Ducks face an opportunity to boost their already-impressive season with a home-and-home against the Los Angeles Kings before they play five home games in a row.

Of course, now they look at least a bit more human in Anaheim …

  1. soundsofsuccess7 - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    You forgot to mention Winnipeg’s 30+ blocked shots by players. Yes, that totals about 70 shots. How Winnipeg won I don’t know, but their effort was pretty impressive.!

    • areaman714 - Jan 22, 2014 at 3:22 AM

      Ducks took 94 shots . . . only two got through . . . Jets weren’t going to crack tonight . . . was a fun game to be at despite my team losing.

  2. areaman714 - Jan 22, 2014 at 3:19 AM

    Just got home from the game. The Jets seemed out-manned the entire game . . . but they all played like men; sacrificing torsos and limbs to block almost 40 shots from getting to the goal. The shots that did get to the goal were swallowed by Pavelic. Other than Hiller having a rare shaky game and a couple of ill-timed turnovers, I was pretty pleased with how my Ducks played tonight.

    Looks like it was a dads trip for the Jets as there was a suite full of old guys in Jets jerseys. Happy dads!

    Great fun streaks by my Ducks this year! Onwards and upwards! Kings are next!

    • stepanup - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      You sir are an incredibly happy and rational hockey fan. Hard to come by around these parts, but a nice surprise.

      • enollatsknarf - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        It’s easy not to get mad when your team wins 90% of the time.

      • areaman714 - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Oh, I get crabby with the best of them . . . hard to complain about anything with the Ducks current record, though. It is also easier to get over a loss when it’s beach weather in January the next day . . . off to body surf!

      • stepanup - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        I’ve noticed Chicago fans in particular manage to be crabby following a loss, but I suppose they aren’t body surfing either.

  3. micasa81 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    You had to think the Ducks were overdue to have a goalie steal one from them in their own building, but who’d have thunk it would be Pavelec/The Jets?

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Arenaman – you’re absolutely correct; the Jets are having a “Dad’s road trip” on this swing to Anaheim/San Jose.

    Everyone in Winnipeg is excited about the win but very cognizant of the fact that the Jets were thoroughly outplayed & benefitted from some puck luck/solid goaltender. Anaheim has built a great team through the draft & has continued adding pieces year after year through solid drafts & sly moves; Winnipeg is hoping to replicate this. A lot of Winnipeggers root for Anaheim come playoff time due to the Teemu connection, one of the classiest players to ever lace up a pair of skates !!

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