WINNIPEG Jets head coach Paul Maurice, who has been asked a ton to weigh in on Ondrej Pavelec since stepping behind the bench last January, was quizzed again Wednesday about his No. 1 goaltender.

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WINNIPEG Jets head coach Paul Maurice, who has been asked a ton to weigh in on Ondrej Pavelec since stepping behind the bench last January, was quizzed again Wednesday about his No. 1 goaltender.

"The Pav thing... I guess I understand it when you start reading the stats from the last couple of years," said Maurice.

Paul Maurice

Paul Maurice

"So my first thoughts on Pav were the games he played in Atlanta where I'm going, 'I hope they don't start that guy because he just kills us sometimes when we go in there.' And then coming in here early on he was good. Then the team struggled, he struggled.

"But when I showed up what I saw from the guy, he played pretty darn well in that stretch. He had a .947 (save percentage) in the first 14 games and I couldn't understand the surprise at it. He, like the rest of the veterans and the leaders, made big improvements in his conditioning and he's been looking really good in the exhibition games. That's my experience with Pav. I don't have any of the others. I'm not expecting him not to play well when he goes in the net. I just see him play pretty darn well or OK. I haven't seen any of the games that every single goaltender has... I just haven't seen that.

"He works hard in practice and stops a lot of pucks."

 

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