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Bogo gives props to Pavs' brilliance

But netminder says he's just doing his job, like teammates

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If Zach Bogosian has seen it once, he's seen it a gazillion times during his days lining up in front of Ondrej Pavelec.

And when his Winnipeg Jets teammate -- the club's last line of defence -- is on, he's a YouTube highlight sensation. The Jet goaltender kicked out 24 of 27 shots, but was absolutely brilliant in sealing the club's 23rd win of the season.

"We relied on him a little bit too much in the second period, but that's what a good goaltender can do for ya, and he's been doing it for five years now that I've played with him," said Bogosian.

"He keeps getting better and better. He's playing great for us."

Asked which of Pavelec's spectacular stops stood out for him the most, and there were many, Bogosian grinned and said:

"Well, the one that stands out is the one that I turned over in the first shift of the first when he put his leg out. He made a lot of good saves tonight. He's been awesome all year and he's a huge, huge part of why we're in the position we are right now as far as getting those wins for us."

That was a common refrain throughout the Jets dressing room Thursday as teammates went out of their way to praise their Czech teammate.

And Pavelec?

"It's about making the right save at the right time," he said with a shrug. "That's the goalie's job. Every save is important, but every goal is important, every pass is important. If we lost tonight and I had made those saves... it wouldn't have really mattered, right? I was just happy that I was able to help the team."

Just to reinforce how good Pavelec has been for the Jets during their five-game win streak: Over that span, he has surrendered 10 goals for a goals-against average of 2.00 while turning aside 132 of 142 shots for a save percentage of .930.

FINDING A GROOVE: Bogosian is on a bit of a roll himself, with six points (1G, 5A) in his last three games.

"The pucks seem to be going in now, I guess," he said. "I don't really think I've really changed much. I try to take care of the defence first and any time a defenceman can chip in offensively it's always fun."

PROSPECT WATCH: Two Jets draft picks -- Mark Scheifele of the Barrie Colts (first round, 7th overall, 2011) and the Belleville Bulls' Austen Brassard (5th round, 149th overall in 2011) are going head-to-head in the Ontario Hockey League's Eastern Conference Final, with Game 1 going tonight (6 p.m., Sportsnet One).

Scheifele has five goals and 11 assists in eight playoff games as the Colts swept their first two series.

Brassard, a right-winger, has six points (3G, 3A) in 10 games.

FYI: Former Manitoba Moose centre Jim Montgomery (1999-2000) has been named the new head coach at the University of Denver. Montgomery is currently coaching the USHL's Dubuque Fighting Saints.

ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @WFPEdTait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 19, 2013 C4

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