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Jets beat Predators 3-1

Winnipeg Jets' left wing Evander Kane (9) brings the puck around the net as he is defended by Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) and goalie Carter Hutton (30) during the first period of Saturday's game.
Nashville Predators forward Gabriel Bourque (57) has his first-period shot blocked by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Keaton Ellerby (7) and goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) on Saturday.
Winnipeg Jets' defenseman Tobias Enstrom (39) and Michael Frolik (67) battle Nashville Predators forward Patric Hornqvist (27) for the puck in the second period of Saturday's game.
Winnipeg Jets' centre Olli Jokinen (12) scores a second-period goal against Nashville Predators' defenseman Mattias Ekholm (42) and goalie Carter Hutton (30) in Nashville Saturday.
Winnipeg Jets' defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) celebrates with Olli Jokinen (12) after Jokinen scored a second-period goal against the Nashville Predators on Saturday.
Winnipeg Jets' right wing Blake Wheeler (26) checks Nashville Predators' forward Viktor Stalberg (25) into the boards during the second period of Saturday's game.
Winnipeg Jets' goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) blocks a third-period shot from Nashville Predators' forward Mike Fisher (12) as Jets' defenseman Mark Stuart (5) tries to clear the puck.
Winnipeg Jets' defenseman Mark Stuart (5) passes the puck with his hand in front of Nashville Predators' forward Craig Smith (15) during the third period of Saturday's game in Nashville.
Winnipeg Jets' defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) and Dustin Byfuglien (33) knock the puck away from Nashville Predators' forward Simon Moser (21) in the third period.
Nashville Predators' forward Craig Smith (15) passes the puck to Gabriel Bourque (57) in front of Winnipeg Jets' goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) in the third period. Also defending is Jets' defenseman Mark Stuart (5).
Winnipeg Jets' right wing Devin Setoguchi (40) celebrates with Mark Scheifele (55) and Blake Wheeler (26) after Setoguchi scored a third-period goal against Nashville Predators' goalie Carter Hutton (30). The Jets won 3-1.
Winnipeg Jets' left wing Evander Kane (9) brings the puck around the net as he is defended by Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) and goalie Carter Hutton (30) during the first period of Saturday's game. - Mark Zaleski / The Associated Press
Nashville Predators forward Gabriel Bourque (57) has his first-period shot blocked by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Keaton Ellerby (7) and goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) on Saturday. - Mark Zaleski / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets' defenseman Tobias Enstrom (39) and Michael Frolik (67) battle Nashville Predators forward Patric Hornqvist (27) for the puck in the second period of Saturday's game. - Mark Zaleski / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets' centre Olli Jokinen (12) scores a second-period goal against Nashville Predators' defenseman Mattias Ekholm (42) and goalie Carter Hutton (30) in Nashville Saturday. - Mark Zaleski / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets' defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) celebrates with Olli Jokinen (12) after Jokinen scored a second-period goal against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. - Mark Zaleski / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets' right wing Blake Wheeler (26) checks Nashville Predators' forward Viktor Stalberg (25) into the boards during the second period of Saturday's game. - Mark Zaleski / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets' goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) blocks a third-period shot from Nashville Predators' forward Mike Fisher (12) as Jets' defenseman Mark Stuart (5) tries to clear the puck. - Mark Zaleski / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets' defenseman Mark Stuart (5) passes the puck with his hand in front of Nashville Predators' forward Craig Smith (15) during the third period of Saturday's game in Nashville. - Mark Zaleski / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets' defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) and Dustin Byfuglien (33) knock the puck away from Nashville Predators' forward Simon Moser (21) in the third period. - Mark Zaleski / The Associated Press
Nashville Predators' forward Craig Smith (15) passes the puck to Gabriel Bourque (57) in front of Winnipeg Jets' goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) in the third period. Also defending is Jets' defenseman Mark Stuart (5). - Mark Zaleski / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets' right wing Devin Setoguchi (40) celebrates with Mark Scheifele (55) and Blake Wheeler (26) after Setoguchi scored a third-period goal against Nashville Predators' goalie Carter Hutton (30). The Jets won 3-1. - Mark Zaleski / The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More solid goaltending by Ondrej Pavelec backed the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators this afternoon at Bridgestone Arena.

Pavelec had 39 saves for the victory.

Evander Kane brings the puck around the net as he is shadowed by Nashville Predators defenceman Shea Weber in Nashville.

MARK ZALESKI / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Evander Kane brings the puck around the net as he is shadowed by Nashville Predators defenceman Shea Weber in Nashville.

The Jets moved four points clear of the 12th-place Predators in the Western Conference playoff chase, 66-62, and into a tie with the Dallas Stars, who hold down the eighth and final spot today.

Olli Jokinen broke open a scoreless game at 5:02 of the second and the Jets never trailed.

They also had goals from Andrew Ladd and Devin Setoguchi to move to 11-3-1 under new coach Paul Maurice.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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History

Updated on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 3:17 PM CST: adds Jets goal

3:44 PM: updates second period, corrects assist on first goal

3:49 PM: adds photo

4:22 PM: adds Nashville goal

4:27 PM: adds Jets third goal

4:36 PM: updates final score

8:25 PM: Adds slideshow.

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