Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Antti Miettinen #20 of the Minnesota Wild looks on from the bench before the preseason NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on September 29, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Wild defeated the Flyers 5-4 in shootout overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Antti Miettinen scored with 7:36 left to keep the surging Winnipeg Jets in the playoff race with a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 24 shots, including a huge glove save on Thomas Vanek with 5:45 left to preserve the victory. Winnipeg (24-19-3) improved 6-0-1 in its past seven and moved within a point of the idle New York Rangers, who hold the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot in the final week of the season. Just as important, the Jets also crept to within a point of Southeast Division-leading Washington. That sets up a critical showdown on Tuesday, when Winnipeg travels to play the Capitals. Aaron Gagnon also scored for Winnipeg, while Vanek scored the lone goal for Buffalo.
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