Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pavelec Breaks Jets Record for Saves in a Period

The Winnipeg Jets have been a wildly inconsistent team this season and they came into today as one of the NHL's worst defensive teams, having allowed 147 goals in their first in 48 games. That's why Ondrej Pavelec has been recalled from Manitoba to man nets for the Jets for the last two games, and--whaddyaknow?--the Jets are on a two-game winning streak.

Pavelec stood in his head in the second period, stopping all 25 shots he faced to break the franchise record for saves in a single period.

"I don't think it's very important at all," he said of the record after Winnipeg's 5-3 win over St. Louis at MTS Centre.

Bryan Little scored two power-play goals, and Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers each had a goal and an assist for the Jets (22-23-4). Ehlers now has 16 goals this season, one more than his previous career-high.

23-year-old Schiefele's goal was his 21st. He is now eight short of his career-best total from last season.

The struggling Blues turned to rookie Pheonix Copley in net and he was hit early and often by a steady Winnipeg attack. The rookie Copley made 24 saves his first NHL start for the Blues (23-19-5), who have lost three straight games.

The Blues have been frustrated defensively, and Ken Hitchcock pulled their No.1 goalie not once but twice in the Blues 7-3 loss to the Caps on Thursday.