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Pavelec, Jets blank Predators 5-0

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Ondrej Pavelec made 41 saves and Bryan Little scored twice as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Nashville Predators 5-0 on Friday night.

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Olli Jokinen, Eric Tangradi and Devin Setoguchi also scored for Winnipeg. Andrew Ladd, playing in his 550th NHL game, and Blake Wheeler each had two assists and Jokinen had one.

Little, Jokinen and Tangradi each scored in the first 8:23 of the game, and Setoguchi made it 4-0 with 3:15 remaining in the first period. It was the most goals the Jets have scored in a period since March 1, 2012, when they had five against Florida.

Tangradi's goal sent goalie Carter Hutton to the bench after he stopped just five of the eight shots he faced over nearly 8 1/2 minutes. Marek Mazanec, making his NHL debut after being called up from Milwaukee of the AHL on Nov. 5, turned aside 21 of the 23 shots he faced.

Little added his second goal of the game, and 10th of the season, midway through the third period.

Pavelec was back on the ice after sitting out the last two games in favor of Al Montoya.

Nashville is without veteran goalie Pekka Rinne, who was placed on injured reserve Oct. 24 with what's now being reported as an E. coli infection in his hip.

Winnipeg's scoring began with an unexpected move by Little that earned him his team-leading ninth goal.

After picking up a rebound in the slot off a shot by Ladd, Little moved to the face-off circle with his back to Hutton, but then spun around and fired the puck past the goalie at 3:02.

Jokinen scored his third of the season with a close wrist shot at 6:47 off a pass by Evander Kane.

The Jets' Dustin Byfuglien was credited with his first goal of the season after a blast from the point was screened by teammate Grant Clitsome. However, after the game it was awarded to Tangradi.

Mazanec entered the game and Setoguchi scored on his team's 11th shot of the night after Jokinen won the faceoff and passed the puck to his teammate in front of the net.

As the Jets left the ice for the first break, fans at MTS Centre gave them a standing ovation.

After a scoreless second period, the Predators were outshooting the Jets 24-23.

Little's second goal couldn't miss as Mazenec was stretching back across the front of the net to follow the rebound off a shot by Ladd, but Little fired the puck over his body at 9:53 for the 5-0 gap.

Nashville was 0 for 4 on the power play and Winnipeg 0 for 3.

The fans gave the Jets another loud standing ovation during the final minute of the game.

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