WINNIPEG- The Jets continue to play must win games if they want to stay in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race.With the Buffalo Sabres only two points back this had all the makings of a playoff game.
The Jets came up with a huge 4-1 victory to push the Sabres back a bit farther in the race.
Ryan Miller playing in career game 495 made 27 saves in a losing effort.
Ondrej Pavelec was stellar once again stopping 29 shots for the win.
The Jets came out flying and had numerous chances early on Miller who was the crowds choice for booing and chanting.The MTS Centre fans chanted MILL-ER MILL-ER repeatedly throughout the night.
This was a physical affair as well and Jets defenceman Toby Enstrom took a bg hit from Buffalo forward and NHL pest Steve Ott and left the game with an upper body injury.
After twenty minutes it was scoreless with the Jets holding the edge in shots 11-8.
Winnipeg got on the board first when Evander Kane picked off an errant clearing attempt and fired a shot that some howcame right to Kyle Wellwood who made no mistake getting his 4th of the year 1-0 Jets.
Aaron Gagnon got his first NHL goal when Dustin Byfuglien made a great pass to Gagnon who buried it past Miller 2-0 Jets.
Pavelec then made a highlite reel save off Thomas Vanek to keep the visitors off the board.
With just 22 seconds left in the period Bryan Little made a great rush up ice and fed Andrew Ladd who got his 15th of the year to make it 3-0 Jets after forty minutes shots were 12-8 Winnipeg in the period.
Miller did all he could to keep his team in this one making a couple of big stops early in the third.
Kevin Porter finally got the sabres on the board as he shot one off Blake Wheeler past Pavelec for his 3rd goal of the year.3-1 Jets.
The Jets came up big on the penalty kill as they had to kill off two Buffalo power plays.
With the Sabres net empty Wheeler got his 15th of the year from Ladd and Little to seal the deal to make the final 4-1 Winnipeg.
The Jets remain two points back of the Capitals in the Southeast division race for first and are now tied for eighth with the Rangers in the Eastern Conference standings.
They will host the Florida Panthers on Thursday night in another important game to keep the push to playoffs going.
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