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NHL: Winnipeg 2, Buffalo 1

April 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 22 (UPI) -- Antti Miettinen's third-period goal put Winnipeg ahead Monday and the Jets held on to post a crucial 2-1 victory over Buffalo.

The contest was tied 1-1 with 7 1/2 minutes left in the final frame when Miettinen's knuckling shot from the right circle handcuffed Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth and trickled past him for the decisive score.

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Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 24-of-25, including all 11 he faced in the third, as the Jets kept their playoff hopes alive with two games remaining.

The victory gave Winnipeg 51 points -- one less than Southeast Division leader Washington heading into Tuesday's match-up between the two squads at Verizon Center.

Aaron Gagnon also found the net for the Jets.

Thomas Vanek scored and Enroth finished with 37 stops for Buffalo.

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