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A little lucky, so were even.
WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets know exactly how much goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has contributed to their 2-1-0 start this season. Chris Conley Jaguars Jersey . "Well over 50 (per cent)," coach Claude Noel said Tuesday after practice, where the Jets were looking at ways to cut down the scoring chances theyve been giving away. "We know where we are. We have mirrors ... in our locker-room that we look at. We know whats happened, we can see that and thats why were trying to focus on details. Its early but the Jets have been outshot 108-77 in their first three games. This isnt entirely a new sensation for the Czech-born netminder. Last season he was second in the league in the shots he faced and the Jets have built a reputation as slow starters. For Noel, the issue of shots isnt just the big number. "Shots are one thing, theyre not always the indicator for me. Theres teams that get shots. Its more shots relating to scoring chances. If the shots are 15 and youre giving up five scoring chances, thats not good." And defenceman Mark Stuart says the cure involves a lot more than just blocking pucks in front of Pavelec. They have to stop those shots from being taken. "We should be good positionally and good enough defensively where were not giving up shots, that many shots where youre trying to block everything," he said. "You should be taking away passing lanes, you should be closing on people in the slot where that guy doesnt even have an opportunity to get a shot off." Centre Bryan Little said communication is important. "Last couple of games we were getting badly outshot and outchanced and I think we were just kind of running around in (our) own end a bit and not communicating," he said. "When youre giving up as many chances as we have lately, its a big problem and you know weve been kind of fortunate to have Pavs playing as good as he has." Another part of the problem is the first-period shot differential, which looks even worse. The Jets have been outshot 48-20 overall in the first period over three games. "We all have to be responsible for that, not only the players," said Noel. "Its a reflection of the preparation of the room and the coaches preparing the room and the head coach preparing the room and all of us have to be accountable for that. "It will change. We will get it squared around because its not going to go like this." Pavelec is also confident the team will turn things around. "Were trying, its not like we dont care," he said. "Were working at it. Its going to take time. We know weve got to be ready. We realize that and Im pretty sure were going to be way better next game." Whether or not Pavelec will get a rest this week is another issue. With back-to-back games Thursday and Friday, Noel didnt rule out backup Al Montoya seeing some action. "Well just have to wait and see but thats a good question," he said. The lockout-shortened 2012-13 season saw Pavelec play a league-high 44 games as the Jets fought for a playoff spot they missed by four points. They play in Minnesota on Thursday night. The Wild (0-0-2) are new divisional opponents as the Jets move from the old Southeast to the Central Division. On Friday, the Jets will play another divisional foe as the Dallas Stars (1-1-0) visit the MTS Centre. "The division games are important because you know in your division the top three teams are going to get a bye into the playoffs," said Noel. "Theyre four-point games if you can get them clean." Gardner Minshew II Youth Jersey . In a series of tweets, it is explained by the Department of Player Safety that Niederreiter makes full body contact with Burrows and although there is head contact, he does not "pick" the head in the course of making the hit. Taven Bryan Youth Jersey . The Bruins forward has been fined $5,000 by the National Hockey League for spearing Red Wings defenceman Danny DeKeyser in the groin. . Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (4) – He had a strong game Sunday; was very good in tight with big saves on Crosby, Malkin and Neal in-crease.WASHINGTON -- When he found out he was getting his first start in seven weeks, Michal Neuvirth felt the same way he did before his NHL debut. Anxiety. Nerves. Butterflies. That first start, five seasons ago, went well for the Washington Capitals goalie and so did Fridays game against the Toronto Maple Leafs as he made 32 saves in a 3-2 victory. "I was nervous, couldnt really sleep before the game," Neuvirth said. "I was feeling like I was as nervous as my first NHL game. My girlfriend told me just do what you do and try to be good." Neuvirth was just that, giving up just two goals, both on deflections. In his first NHL game, Neuvirth had 31 saves in a 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay. "I thought he played a great game, I really did," Washington coach Adam Oates said. "First period, I think he had some shots that allowed him to get into the game, which is good for him. After the second goal, he made a fantastic save that saved the game for us." Neuvirths work paved the way for Joel Ward to score the go-ahead goal with just over 8 minutes left in the third period, and Alex Ovechkin added a goal and an assist. Nicklas Backstrom also scored as the Capitals won on back-to-back nights for the fourth time this year. It was the fourth straight loss for Toronto after a 3-2 victory over Detroit on Jan. 1 in the Winter Classic, and the Maple Leafs have been outscored 21-7 in the defeats. James Van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel each had a goal and an assist. Coming off a 6-1 loss Thursday night at Carolina, Toronto saw some positives in the defeat. "This might be one of the better games weve played in a month. We showed desperation. We showed that we care," coach Randy Carlyle said. "Weve been begging, pleading, kicking, kissing, whatever we can do to try and find a way to play with some confidence. It seems like weve squeezed our sticks here. Its mind boggliing. Nick Foles Womens Jersey. " Kessels team-high 21st goal gave Toronto a short-lived 2-1 lead in the third when his shot went off the stick of Washington defenceman Karl Alzner and over the shoulder of Nuevirth. The Caps got the equalizer in similar fashion with 15:24 left as Backstroms severe-angle shot went off the skate of Maple Leafs centre Jay McClement and past Jonathan Bernier (32 saves) for his 11th goal. "A little lucky," Oates said. "Their second goal, Alzy breaks a stick on that deflection. A little lucky, so were even." Wards winner, his 13th of the season, came with 8:10 left, 6 seconds after Toronto had killed a penalty, as he fired a slap shot from 15 feet out on a pass from Marcus Johansson. "I was a little upset at first cause the way it kind of came off my stick," Ward said. "But I kind of got enough to actually go in." After that, Neuvirth kept Washington in command, making his final save with 12 seconds left. The last time the 25-year-old was set to play for the Capitals, on Nov. 29, he suffered a leg injury in warmups. He had not suited up for a game since. With the Caps playing their second of five games in a span of seven days, Braden Holtby struggling and rookie Philipp Grubauer coming off a taxing 4-3 win Thursday night at Tampa Bay, Neuvirth made his first start since Nov. 22. In the absence of Neuvirth, Grubauer (6-2-3) emerged as perhaps the teams most reliable goalie, prompting Neuvirth to request a trade last month. "Ive been watching a lot of hockey from the press box," Neuvirth said. "I havent seen the puck for some time. Probably would be tough if I get scored on in the first couple minutes, but I didnt want to think about it." NOTES: Washington D John Erskine had an eventful second period, drawing a pair of penalties for fighting. The scraps were against Cody Franson and Colton Orr. ' ' '

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