from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Ondrej Pavelec could get used to this. He knows better than to take it for granted, but when Winnipeg Jets faithful are chanting ‘Pav-vy! Pav-vy!’ during a game — as has been the case over the last two contests — even the thick-skinned Czech understands he’s allowed to live in the moment, even if it’s just for a little while.
After all, he’s seen it turn the other way just as quickly during his days in Jets colours.
Pavelec was outstanding again in Saturday night’s 3-0 blanking of the explosive Washington Capitals, picking up his 17th win of the season and his second shutout of the year. This from a guy who was stapled to the bench for three weeks while Michael Hutchinson yanked the starting goaltender chores away from him before coming out of the bullpen in relief in St. Louis… only to see a late rally snuffed out when he whiffed on a Barret Jackman bomb from outside of the blueline with 63 seconds remaining.
Clearly now, that is in the rear-view mirror for everyone, Pavelec included.
“It feels good. Again, two points,” began Pavelec with a shrug afterward. “We win 3-0… what do you want me to say? Of course I feel good, but tomorrow is another day and we have to stay focused and be ready.”