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The Winnipeg Jets have taken off and are on course to land in the playoffs, an experience their passionate fans havent enjoyed in nearly 20 years.At this point in the season, obviously it becomes a little bit more realistic, left wing Evander Kane said. But we dont pay too much attention to that. Were just focused on the 20-some-odd guys we have in the room and the job we need to do ourselves.Theyve been doing that job well.The Jets went 6-0-1 in their last seven games before the All-Star break to take a firm grip on the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference into the final stretch. Theyre in fourth place in the daunting Central Division, five points behind leader Nashville.I love our room. Weve stuck together all year. We had a tough start to the season, right wing Blake Wheeler said. Weve made a commitment to each other to just do the right things and stick with what works. I think weve put a lot of individual stuff behind us and just rallied around our team and our group and what were good at. I think that makes playing this game with these guys a lot of fun.The old Jets went one-and-done in the 1996 playoffs, their last year in Winnipeg before moving to Arizona to become the Coyotes. The NHL returned to Manitoba in 2011, but the franchise that floundered in Atlanta as the Thrashers has qualified for the post-season only once in 15 years (in 2007). The new Jets have been competitive most of the time, but this season the breakthrough has been obvious.Theyve been unbelievable this year. Theyre a big, fast strong team. They play a good team game, Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook said. We played them three times now and lost to them all three times. Theyre tough games every time we play them. Theyre going to be a team to beat.The professorial conductor of the success this season is coach Paul Maurice, who was hired a little over a year ago after the firing of Claude Noel. He has injected some liveliness into his relatively young team, pushing a punishing style with back-checking forwards yet enough speed and skill to play a puck-possession game.All-Star Dustin Byfuglien, now a permanent presence on the first blue line pairing where hes most comfortable after spending some time on the wing, is 10th in the league with 144 hits. The Jets lead the NHL in penalty minutes. Theyre in the middle of the pack in scoring, with well-balanced production along the top two lines.They have a lot of meat on that team. They play hard. They play fast, and they come after you. It reminds me a lot of our team, said centre Anze Kopitar of the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.Maurice reflected last week on the progress from those pressure-filled early days of his tenure. Even this season, the Jets have overcome a rash of injuries on defence and a four-game October losing streak when they were outscored 13-2 after winning their opener.There was a lot of frustration. They were playing hard. They wanted to play better, Maurice said. And now, I think the general feel in there is that weve been pretty good. Were on the right path. When you stand behind the bench, the players call the game, too. They know whats going on.Goaltending has been perhaps the biggest strength, with rookie Michael Hutchinson taking more and more turns from Ondrej Pavelec, who has been vastly improved himself from a year ago. Hutchinson is second in the NHL with a 1.90 goals-against average.Jets fans chanted his name as their last game before the break wound down, a 4-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Though a limited amount of tickets are still made available for each home date at the MTS Centre, a base of 13,000 season tickets for the 15,000-seat arena has made the full house a nightly occurrence.Weve definitely turned a corner up there, Byfuglien said. Our game has come a long way. Our locker room is better. Weve handled things a lot better. ... Its definitely changed. Its a good thing, and its fun to be a part of.___AP Sports Writer Rusty Miller and AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow contributed to this report from Columbus, Ohio.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly identified Claude Noel as Claude Julien. Cordarrelle Patterson Jersey . Fellow Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain also had a brace for Napoli. And Samuel Etoo scored for his fourth different team. On a night of standout individual performances Wednesday, Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand had a game hell want to forget. 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A record defeat to the Wallabies at Twickenham sealed the hosts exit in the tournament, with a traditional source of English strength picked apart in the process.Australias scrum had long been viewed as their Achilles heel and 11 months earlier their pack had been overrun at the same venue, but Vunipola recalls only too vividly a humbling shift in power. England suffered defeat at the hands of Australia at the 2015 World Cup They gave us a good hiding in that department during the World Cup and we know that, the Saracens loosehead said. We came out of that game thinking that we had thought too much of ourselves more than anything.We were very confident going into the World Cup as a pack, but the biggest lesson we took was that on any day anything can happen. We go into this weekend knowing that too. Were going into this Test match knowing we face a massive challenge as a front row and as an eight.Vunipola admits the collective pride of Englands front row took a battering at the hands of an Australia team under the expert guidance of their head coach Michael Cheika, but said revenge is not in his mind.This series has nothing to do with revenge, but as front-rowers we have pride and want to move on. We have a clean slate to go out there and put a better foot forward, Vunipola said. Englands rugby union squad have an unusual selection dilemma for the first Test against Australia in Brisbane There is no thought of revenge or righting wrongs of the World Cup and although its hard to forget, it has got to go to the back of our minds.ddddddddddddustralia use their scrum as a weapon now, not just to get ball out to their backline which has been their traditional strength. Now theyre using their forward pack to dominate, whether thats through the scrum or the maul.Theyve become one of the best packs in the world and theyve got some great coaches around them. Cheikas been in Europe and had a lot of experience there. Michael Cheika is looking to mastermind another win over England Hes learnt from that and now he has taken that down to the southern hemisphere, theyve become a dangerous team all over the park.Australias 1991 World Cup-winning coach Bob Dwyer accused Joe Marler of scrummaging illegally in the build-up to the Pool A showdown and Dan Cole believes that had an influence on referee Romain Poite, who oversees Saturdays match in Brisbane.We were angry because we saw things differently to how they were interpreted, Leicester tighthead Cole said. The way things were portrayed in newspapers and stuff and Bob Dwyer coming out - it loaded the contest in the scrum. Chris Robshaw sprints during the England training session at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast, Australia There were decisions made in that game which went against us. Dwyer probably influenced it.But we also have to hold our hands up - we were beaten by the better side. I remember coming in after the game and thinking: that was probably one of the best Test teams Ive ever played against. They were on fire. 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