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Jets defeat Coyotes in 2-1 shootout win

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Phoenix Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23), of Sweden, gets hit in the face with a stick by Winnipeg Jets' Michael Frolik (67) during the second period.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The building was slow to empty and the lower bowl was scattered with folks in Winnipeg Jets jerseys celebrating the most hollow of victories Tuesday night.

The Winnipeg Jets defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 in a shootout to give the legions of their fans that made the trip something to smile about.

The win keeps the Jets playoff hopes alive but they are very slim at this stage and well beyond Winnipeg’s control. They’ll need a lot of help to avoid missing the post-season for the third straight year since the NHL returned to Manitoba.

Jets captain Andrew Ladd was one of the goats on Monday night in an overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks but he was full value on Tuesday, scoring the Jets only goal in regulation and then popping the winner in the shootout by beating Coyotes goalie Thomas Greiss.

Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec stopped all but one Phoenix shot on the night, allowing a second- period goal by Zbynek Michalek but then running the table through overtime and the shootout.

Fans were all over Pavelec after Monday’s collapse that saw him allow three third-period goals and then another in overtime but head coach Paul Maurice defended his goalie Tuesday morning when announcing he would be going back in the net.

"You have to go back and look at the game. He played a helluva game and made some huge saves for us in the third period," said Maurice.

"They had some fine scoring chances and he played well."

Maurice also argued that Pavelec wouldn’t be tired and could handle the back-to-back games and he proved to be correct.

The Jets faced elimination from playoff contention had they lost in regulation.

Bouncing back

Maurice wanted to see how his team handled the sting of blowing a four-goal lead in Monday’s 5-4 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

"A loss with a lead is going to happen again. I’m worried about (Tuesday)," said Maurice prior to Tuesday night’s game.

"And when I say worried, that’s what our focus is. Put the list of adversity that we’re facing coming in here tonight, and now we gotta learn how to handle that, learn how to be ready on a night where your body and your mind doesn’t feel ready, you don’t feel fresh. They’re sitting for two days. They’re feeling like they’re right there in the playoffs, and we’re feeling like we got run over by a truck. So that’s what we’re dealing with, and we gotta figure out a way to come out with that fight."

True North

Jets fans were out in full force with several thousand in attendance. When the Jets scored the opening goal, Jets jerseys popped up all over the building and it looked like half the folks in attendance were wearing Winnipeg gear. O Canada featured its ritual shouting of True North and it was one of the loudest road efforts of the season.

Twitter: @garylawless

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  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Would it have been too obvious that the #NHLJets were tanking for a better draft position if they had pulled Pavelec for the shoot out? ;) 11:47 pm on Apr 1

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: There is still a pulse for the #NHLJets. Good, solid effort 11:43 pm on Apr 1

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: yotes present ASU hockey with an in-game chat celebrating recent title. Captain is Winnipegger Colin Hekle. he gives #nhljets a shoutout 9:35 pm on Apr 1

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: if #nhljets lose in regulation, the highest point total they reach will be 86. One of Dallas or Phoenix will eclipse that total 9:17 pm on Apr 1

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: with the Dallas win, if #nhljets lose in regulation they will be eliminated from post-season 9:15 pm on Apr 1

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Dallas has already won. So with a regulation loss tonight, #nhljets will be officially eliminated from post-season 9:09 pm on Apr 1

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: call H and L at 204-780-1290 to discuss #nhljets, the weather in Winnipeg, my hairstyle or @hustlerama buying up all the lipstick in the Peg 5:27 pm on Apr 1

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: yo. Me and Hus are on the air at #tsn1290. join us. we'll take calls from 530 to 630 at 780-1290 #nhljets 4:05 pm on Apr 1

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: sorry. bad math. #nhljets can't be eliminated tonight. 2:25 pm on Apr 1

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: a regulation loss tonight and #nhljets will be officially eliminated from playoffs phoenix or dallas will finish ahead of Jets 2:14 pm on Apr 1

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Rest of the way will be without @jeffkhamilton who made a big contribution to #nhljets media contingent on the cali swing - give him a folo 9:54 am on Apr 1


Updated on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 2:54 PM CDT: Adds coach comments.

9:58 PM: Updates score and photo

12:02 AM: Updates score

12:11 AM: Adds slideshow

12:25 AM: Write-thru

April 2, 2014 at 6:48 AM: corrects typo

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