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PHOTOS: Winnipeg Jets win 1-0 over St. Louis Blues in playoff push

Winnipeg Jets' goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31), of Czech Republic, makes a glove save against the St. Louis Blues during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

ST. LOUIS – Just like the night before, Ondrej Pavelec was a puck magnet. The Winnipeg Jets’ goalie got a bit of an assist from one of his defencemen, too.

Pavelec stopped 30 shots for his second consecutive shutout and the Jets strengthened their bid for a Western Conference playoff spot with a 1-0 victory over the Central-leading Blues on Tuesday night.

“He’s been unbelievable,” defenceman Tyler Myers said. “You can tell he’s playing with a lot of confidence.”

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The Winnipeg Jets' Chris Thorburn reacts after scoring in second-period action against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images
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Blake Wheeler #26 and Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Jeff Curry/NHLI via Getty Images
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T.J. Oshie #74 of the St. Louis Blues is called for high sticking as he checks Mark Stuart #5 of the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday in St. Louis. Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images
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David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues is held back by linesman Ryan Galloway #82 after having his lip cut open during a game against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday in St. Louis. Jeff Curry/NHLI via Getty Images
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Jay Bouwmeester #19 of the St. Louis Blues falls to the ice as Tyler Myers #57 and Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets defend the net on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Jeff Curry/NHLI via Getty Images
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Alex Pietrangelo #27 of the St. Louis Blues handles the puck as Jacob Trouba #8 of the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images
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Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets defends the net against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images
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The St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo (27) puts a shot on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavalec in the first period on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images
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Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets saves a shot from Olli Jokinen #13 of the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Jeff Curry/NHLI via Getty Images
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Andrew Ladd #16 of the Winnipeg Jets is hit by the puck as Jay Bouwmeester #19 and Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues defend on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Jeff Curry/NHLI via Getty Images
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Adam Lowry #17 of the Winnipeg Jets handles the puck as Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the St. Louis Blues defends on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images
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Carl Gunnarsson #4 of the St. Louis Blues and Mark Scheifele #55 of the Winnipeg Jets battle for the puck on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Jeff Curry/NHLI via Getty Images
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Barret Jackman #5 of the St. Louis Blues checks Drew Stafford #12 of the Winnipeg Jets as Jake Allen #34 defends the net on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Jeff Curry/NHLI via Getty Images
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Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets makes a save against Jaden Schwartz #17 of the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images
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Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues makes a save against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images
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Members of the St. Louis Blues looks on during a game against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images
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St. Louis Blues' Carl Gunnarsson (4), right, is checked by the Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) during the first period Tuesday in St. Louis. Bill Boyce / The Associated Press
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Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues defends the net against Michael Frolik #67 of the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Jeff Curry/NHLI via Getty Images
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Patrik Berglund #21 of the St. Louis Blues and Bryan Little #18 of the Winnipeg Jets battle for the puck on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images
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David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues handles the puck as Ben Chiarot #63 of the Winnipeg Jets defends on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images
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Adam Pardy #2 of the Winnipeg Jets and Ryan Reaves #75 of the St. Louis Blues battle for the puck on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images
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The St. Louis Blues' Ryan Reaves collides with the Winnipeg Jets' Tyler Myers, right, in the first period on Tuesday. St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images
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Jacob Trouba #8 of the Winnipeg Jets handles the puck as Patrik Berglund #21 of the St. Louis Blues defends on Tuesday in St. Louis. Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images
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T.J. Oshie #74 of the St. Louis Blues and Andrew Ladd #16 of the Winnipeg Jets battle for the puck on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images

Paul Stastny had an apparent tying goal in the second period waved off and was shocked to get a slashing call instead for slapping the stick out of Myers’ hands just before putting a backhander past Pavelec. Stastny said he’d simply been “battling” for position on a 2-on-1 break, and Myers didn’t appear to have much of a grip.

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“Yeah, I thought nothing of it,” Stastny said. “If it was a 50-50, where I felt a little guilty, yeah I would have thought about it. But no, I didn’t, no.”

Myers said it was the right call.

“I think it was pretty clear he just slashed my stick out of my hand,” Myers said. “I don’t think there’s much to argue there if you look at the full replay.”

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The Blues held their one-point lead in the Central. Second-place Nashville and Chicago, three points back, both also lost.

Chris Thorburn gave the Jets the game’s first goal for the fourth straight game and eighth out of nine, and Pavelec made it stand up one night after making 31 saves in a 2-0 victory at Minnesota. Pavelec has four shutouts overall.

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The Jets, who have won three straight, are battling Los Angeles and Calgary for the final two playoff spots in the West.

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“We know we can do It,” Ondrej said. “In the third period the puck was just missing the net. You needed luck to get a shutout.”

Coach Paul Maurice said playing on consecutive nights was rough on the Jets’ legs.

“There was a cost to it, and you could see it at times, but not in terms of effort,” Maurice said. “Our goaltending was really good and everybody on the bench had a piece of the game, and the game-winning goal comes from the line that played the least but had the biggest impact.”

Thorburn played just 6:31, second-fewest on the Jets.

Jake Allen made 30 saves for the Blues, again missing top scorers Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen. Both are skating and expected back for the playoffs.

Allen kept it close when he stopped Blake Wheeler on a breakaway with just over 2 minutes remaining.

St. Louis finishes at home against the Blackhawks on Thursday night and Minnesota on Saturday. Winnipeg, fighting Los Angeles and Calgary for the final playoff spots in the Western Conference, is at Colorado Thursday before finishing at home against the Flames on Saturday.

The Blues won the season series 3-1-1, all but one of the games decided by one goal.

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“It seems like we’re getting a little bit of a rivalry,” Blues forward T.J. Oshie said. “They did a good job pushing back when we had momentum and we have to find ways to score.”

Thorburn’s seventh goal of the season, and first since Feb. 14, came just 7 seconds after Winnipeg forward Mathieu Perrault was briefly knocked out of the game after getting cross-checked to the back of the head by Ryan Reaves.

The Jets were unable to capitalize on a double-minor call on Oshie, whose check made contact with Mark Stuart’s head at 16:41.

“I got no comments about the refs,” Oshie said. “We can talk about something else.”

NOTES: Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien served the third game of a four-game suspension for cross-checking Rangers centre J.T. Miller to the neck. … Pavelec has started 11 of Winnipeg’s last 12 games, going 9-2. … Blues forward Olli Jokinen played against the Jets for the fifth time this season with three different teams. … Standing room attendance of 19,616 was the Blues’ 22nd sellout.

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