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The big picture

A three-game win streak can breathe some life into a team's playoff dreams, particularly at this time of year. The Jets weren't perfect against the Avs Sunday night, but their top players jumped off the page and, as a result, the team remains very much in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Winnipeg is unbeaten in the first two games of a critical eight-game homestand.

 

The litle picture

The Little-Ladd-Wheeler line combined for three goals and eight points and the second line of Kane-Burmistrov-Wellwood also scored twice and finished with five points. That's huge production from the Top 6. The other added bonus were the two third-period power-play goals, ending a four-game drought that saw the unit go 0-for-9.

 

Game breaker

Avs' rookie Gabriel Landeskog had cut into a Jets lead with a power-play goal to pull Colorado within 2-1 midway through the second period when 46 seconds later Kyle Wellwood grabbed a rebound off the end boards and stuffed it past Semyon Varlamov to restore Winnipeg's two-goal lead. A critical answer at a crucial time.

 

Free Press ★★★

★ Blake Wheeler, RW, Jets — The big man finished with four assists, giving him 46 points this season (11 G, 35A) and a new career high.

 ★★ Ondrej Pavelec, G, Jets — Winnipeg was outshot 20-8 in the second, but Pavelec was spectacular in preserving the lead and the win.

★★★ Andrew Ladd, LW, Jets — Ended a 13-game goal drought with his 17th of the season and chipped in with an assist.

 

UP NEXT

The Jets continue their eight-game homestand with the third contest at MTS Centre tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers. Please note the 6 p.m. start time (TSN Jets/TSN Sports Radio).

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 21, 2012 C2

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