It’s supposed to be a tough gig being a little-used back-up goalie in the National Hockey League.

A guy takes a pile of shots in the pre-game warmup and then dons a ball hat before playing doorman for his teammates while they come off the ice all night.

But Al Montoya is good with all that. And the veteran netminder also has a very keen understanding of his role as Ondrej Pavelec’s back-up and occasional starter for the Winnipeg Jets.


Case in point: Sunday night’s performance by Montoya in a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. It was just his sixth start as a Jet but his second career shutout.
"It feels great" said Montoya. "Knowing what we were coming into this game with a couple losses it’s not good. So to come out here and get the win and feel good the way I was skating and the team was communicating and letting me see the puck... it feels good."

Montoya kicked out 24 shots in the win and was particularly sharp in a stretch of 72 seconds when the Devils were enjoying a two-man advantage. All told the Jets killed off five Devils’ power-plays and Montoya was key in all of them.