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February 19, 2013

Pavelec stops 29 in Jets win over Sabres

Ladd's goal early in the second is eventual game-winner.

BUFFALO —  

Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves to help the Winnipeg Jets snap a three-game skid with a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Andrew Ladd's goal that made it 2-0 early in the second period stood up as the winner, and Bryan Little also scored for Winnipeg. The Jets won for the third time in 10 games while opening a season-high five-game road swing.

Jason Pominville scored for Buffalo, once again booed by its home crowd. The Sabres are 4-9-1 in their past 14 and have dropped consecutive home games for the first time since last February.

Pavelec, who was playing his 200th NHL game, made 11 third-period saves for a Jets team that continues to have difficulty generating offense. Winnipeg has gone seven games without scoring three goals in regulation.

Pavelec's best save came with just more than 5 minutes left, when he kicked out his left pad just in time to stop T.J. Brennan's hard shot from the left circle. Then there was his left pad save in stopping Tyler Ennis from in close with 1:14 remaining.

He also made a sharp glove save to stop Drew Stafford set up alone in the lower left circle with 1:44 left in the first period.

After Little scored a minute into the game, Ladd made it 2-0 at the 5:46 mark of the second period.

The Jets captain did much of the work in setting up the goal by causing Nathan Gerbe's turnover inside the Buffalo zone. Ladd poked the puck off Gerbe's stick as he was attempting to skate up the middle. Ron Hainsey kept it in at the left point and fed a pass to Ladd, who scored from the left circle.

Several familiar troubles continued to resurface for the Sabres, who have been hurt by slow starts, giveaways and lethargic play.

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