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Jets shut down Sabres 3-0

Third straight win inspires confidence

Posted: 12/31/2013 11:01 AM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 12/31/2013 11:43 PM | Updates

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The Jets paid back the Buffalo Sabres with a 3-0 shutout by Al Montoya at the MTS Centre today, winning their third straight game.

Now 19-18-5 for 43 points, that’s only two back of slumping Minnesota in the Central Division standings but still six behind the Phoenix Coyotes, who hold the final playoff spot in the Western Conference playoff hunt.

It’s Winnipeg’s first three-game winning streak since the first half of November.

Asked about the team’s improving consistency in wins over Minnesota, Colorado and now Buffalo, Jets left-winger Evander Kane said his team isn’t getting all wrapped up in any of them.

"I think the difference is that after we win a game, and we’ve won three in a row now, that we kind of have the ‘who-cares’ attitude now and I think we need to have a little more of that," Kane said. "From my point of view, I see that attitude starting to change a little bit. Three in a row is great but we’re still in the same spot we were three games ago — we’re out of the playoffs and we’re a ways out so we need to continue to win."

The Jets had goals from Keaton Ellerby in the first, Jacob Trouba in the second and Anthony Peluso into the empty net as Kane passed up the chance to score himself.

"He works hard, got open for the empty net," Kane said. "If that was me, I’d want that puck, too. So you’ve got to give it to him."

The Jets weren’t as sharp as they were Sunday in Colorado, several said, but they did enough to hold off the last-overall Sabres, who fell to 11-25-4. Buffalo beat the Jets at home Dec. 17.

"It wasn’t as well-played as we played in Colorado but we managed to get the win," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "I thought that we did some things good."

Noel, however, thought four power plays for the Sabres in the first period was an issue, keeping his team from moving the pace of the game.

"It was a game that was a little more challenging to win, this game," Noel said. "I don’t know that there was a great deal of comfort in the way we played but we managed things OK. We didn’t get ourselves into situations where we had consistently bad shifts.

"We’re going to have to be better when we go on this road trip but I think we recognize that."

That was Montoya’s cue. He made 27 saves to up his record to 8-2-1 on the season. He’s won all three games in the streak since coming into replace Ondrej Pavelec seven minutes into the game against Minnesota Dec. 27.

"Confidence, as a goalie that might be your No. 1 strength or weakness," Montoya said. "For me, it’s just about doing the right things in practice, working hard.

"Like I said earlier, the team’s doing a great job in front of me. Maybe I’m seeing the first shot but after that, they’re clearing rebounds out and we’re communicating in the defensive zone."

Winnipeg is now off on a three-game trip that starts Jan. 2 in Ottawa.

 

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

 





  • Winnipeg Jets' Keaton Ellerby (#7) celebrates after scoring against the Buffalo Sabres' during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg Tuesday.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Keaton Ellerby (#7) celebrates after scoring against the Buffalo Sabres' during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg Tuesday.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (#8) is tripped up by Buffalo Sabres' Alexander Sulzer (#52) during the first period in Winnipeg Tuesday.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (#8) is tripped up by Buffalo Sabres' Alexander Sulzer (#52) during the first period in Winnipeg Tuesday.

  • Buffalo Sabres' Marcus Foligno (#82) scores a goal on Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Al Montoya (#35) as Sabres' Drew Stafford (#21) knocks the net off the mooring. The first-period goal was disallowed on the ice and the review was inconclusive.

    Trevor Hagan / The Canadian Press

    Buffalo Sabres' Marcus Foligno (#82) scores a goal on Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Al Montoya (#35) as Sabres' Drew Stafford (#21) knocks the net off the mooring. The first-period goal was disallowed on the ice and the review was inconclusive.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (#8) celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres with Devin Setoguchi (#40) and Olli Jokinen (#12) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg Tuesday.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (#8) celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres with Devin Setoguchi (#40) and Olli Jokinen (#12) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg Tuesday.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (#55) crashes into Buffalo Sabres' goaltender Jhonas Enroth (#1) during second period at the MTS Centre Tuesday.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (#55) crashes into Buffalo Sabres' goaltender Jhonas Enroth (#1) during second period at the MTS Centre Tuesday.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd, right, and Buffalo Sabres' Linus Omark battle for the puck during the game's second period Tuesday.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd, right, and Buffalo Sabres' Linus Omark battle for the puck during the game's second period Tuesday.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler, right, hits Buffalo Sabres' Alexander Sulzer (#52) into the boards behind the Buffalo goal in the second period.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler, right, hits Buffalo Sabres' Alexander Sulzer (#52) into the boards behind the Buffalo goal in the second period.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Devin Setoguchi (obscured), rear left to right, Jacob Trouba, Chris Thorburn and Olli Jokinen celebrate after Trouba scored on Buffalo Sabres' goaltender Jhonas Enroth (#1) during second period at the MTS Centre.

    Trevor Hagan / The Canadian Press

    Winnipeg Jets' Devin Setoguchi (obscured), rear left to right, Jacob Trouba, Chris Thorburn and Olli Jokinen celebrate after Trouba scored on Buffalo Sabres' goaltender Jhonas Enroth (#1) during second period at the MTS Centre.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (#55) works his way around Buffalo Sabres' Christian Ehrhoff (#10) during the game's second period in Winnipeg Tuesday.

    Trevor Hagan / The Canadian Press

    Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (#55) works his way around Buffalo Sabres' Christian Ehrhoff (#10) during the game's second period in Winnipeg Tuesday.

  • Buffalo Sabres' goaltender Jhonas Enroth (#1) gets a toe on Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane's (#9) breakaway shot during the third period in Winnipeg Tuesday.

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    Buffalo Sabres' goaltender Jhonas Enroth (#1) gets a toe on Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane's (#9) breakaway shot during the third period in Winnipeg Tuesday.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Tobias Enstrom (#39) and Buffalo Sabres' Mike Weber (#6) collide during the third period in Winnipeg Tuesday.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Tobias Enstrom (#39) and Buffalo Sabres' Mike Weber (#6) collide during the third period in Winnipeg Tuesday.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Tobias Enstrom (#39) and Buffalo Sabres' Mike Weber (#6) crash into each other during third period NHL action in Winnipeg Tuesday.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Tobias Enstrom (#39) and Buffalo Sabres' Mike Weber (#6) crash into each other during third period NHL action in Winnipeg Tuesday.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd (#16) is tripped up as he collides with Buffalo Sabres' Matt Ellis (#37) during the third period Tuesday.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd (#16) is tripped up as he collides with Buffalo Sabres' Matt Ellis (#37) during the third period Tuesday.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Michael Frolik (#67) can't put the puck past Buffalo Sabres' goaltender Jhonas Enroth (#1) during third period at the MTS Centre Tuesday.

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    Winnipeg Jets' Michael Frolik (#67) can't put the puck past Buffalo Sabres' goaltender Jhonas Enroth (#1) during third period at the MTS Centre Tuesday.

  • Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Al Montoya (#35) celebrates a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night.

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    Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Al Montoya (#35) celebrates a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night.

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  • FPTimCampbell

    @FPTimCampbell: Thru 2 periods now at the MTS Center, #NHLJets 2 Buffalo 0. 7:46 pm on Dec 31

  • FPTimCampbell

    @FPTimCampbell: Thorburn tees it up for the rookie, Trouba, and the #NHLJets lead 2-0. 7:31 pm on Dec 31

  • FPTimCampbell

    @FPTimCampbell: One period done, #NHLJets, on a goal by Keaton Ellerby, lead Buffalo 1-0. 6:53 pm on Dec 31

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Montoya has now left the ice while Pav takes shots in visitor's net from #nhljets scratches. Monty starts 9:53 am on Dec 31

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Looks to media like Al Montoya will start for #nhljets tonight as he's in home net for D shots 9:48 am on Dec 31

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    @garylawless: Pav and #nhljets goalie coach Wade Flaherty on ice early working on a few things. 9:24 am on Dec 31

History

Updated on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:32 PM CST: Adds live blog widget.

6:57 PM: Updates score

8:42 PM: Updates score, changes headline.

8:52 PM: Adds local post-game copy.

8:57 PM: Changes photo.

10:32 PM: Adds local story and sidebar.

11:23 PM: Adds Kane quote.

11:43 PM: Updates Phoenix Coyotes results.

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