Wheeler’s five-point night jolts Jets past Avalanche

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Blake Wheeler had a goal and four as­sists and Mark Scheifele added a goal and two as­sists to lead the Win­nipeg Jets to a 5-2 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Colorado Avalanche on Fri­day night. It was the first five-point game in the ca­reer of the 31-year-old Wheeler, who has scored 20 or more goals in each of the last five sea­sons.

Kyle Con­nor, Niko­laj Eh­lers and Pa­trik Laine also scored for Win­nipeg and Con­nor Helle­buyck fin­ished with 28 saves as the Jets im­proved to 7-1-3 in their last 11 games. Erik John­son and Tyson Jost each scored goals for Colorado and Se­myon Var­lamov had 19 saves for the Avalanche, who lost their fifth straight game.


Dy­lan Larkin scored with 5.1 sec­onds re­main­ing in over­time as host Detroit snapped New York’s four-game win­ning streak. Larkin tapped a back­handed pass from An­dreas Athana­siou over Hen­rik Lundqvist’s shoul­der for his team-high sev­enth goal. Athana­siou scored the ty­ing goal late in reg­u­la­tion as Detroit wiped out a 2-0 third-pe­riod deficit. Justin Ab­delka­der had the other Wings goal. Jimmy Howard made 28 saves. Kevin Shat­tenkirk and Neal Pionk scored for New York, who also re­ceived 28 saves from Lundqvist.


Mor­gan Rielly and Nazem Kadri each had one goal and one as­sist to help Toronto de­feat vis­it­ing New Jer­sey. John Tavares, Con­nor Brown, An­dreas Johns­son and Tyler En­nis also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won three straight games. Par Lind­holm and Ron Hain­sey added two as­sists each for the Maple Leafs in the an­nual Hall of Fame game. Toronto goal­tender Fred­erik An­der­sen made 38 saves. Travis Za­jac scored for the Devils, who have lost five of the first six games on their seven-game road trip that ends in Win­nipeg on Sun­day. Keith Kinkaid stopped 26 shots for New Jer­sey.


Anthony Du­clair scored the tiebreak­ing power-play goal 5:09 into the third pe­riod and Sergei Bo­brovsky made 33 saves as Colum­bus beat host Wash­ing­ton. In the first meet­ing be­tween the teams since the first round of last spring’s play­offs when Wash­ing­ton beat Colum­bus in six games, the Blue Jack­ets scored two power-play goals for the third time this sea­son.

Du­clair snapped a 1-1 tie with his sev­enth goal of the sea­son for Colum­bus and Oliver Bjork­strand, who filled in for Cam Atkin­son (ill­ness), also scored for the Blue Jack­ets, who upped their record to 4-0-1 in one-goal games this sea­son.


Chad John­son stopped all 33 shots he faced for his first shutout of the sea­son and eighth of his ca­reer as St. Louis pulled away over vis­it­ing San Jose. Jaden Schwartz and Alexan­der Steen each had a goal and an as­sist to lead the Blues.

Alex Pi­etrangelo and Ryan O’Reilly also scored as St. Louis won for the sec­ond game in a row and fourth time in the past five con­tests.

John­son made six saves in the first pe­riod, 13 in the sec­ond and 14 in the third to notch his first shutout since Nov. 30, 2016. The Sharks have dropped back-to­back games and were shut out for the sec­ond time this sea­son.


Mikael Gran­lund had two goals and an as­sist, and Ja­son Zucker added a goal and two as­sists to lead vis­it­ing Min­nesota to its ninth win in 11 games in beat­ing Ana­heim. Jonas Brodin also had a goal and an as­sist, Jor­dan Green­way scored a goal and Jared Spur­geon added a pair of as­sists for Min­nesota.

The Wild, who won at Los An­ge­les 3-1 on Thurs­day night, com­pleted their first back-to-back road sweep of the Kings and Ducks since Dec. 14-15, 2007.

Alex Stalock had 20 saves for Min­nesota, which im­proved to 4-2 af­ter six games of a seven-game road trip that con­cludes on Sun­day af­ter­noon in St. Louis. Pon­tus Aberg scored the lone goal for Ana­heim.

John Gib­son stopped 38 shots for the Ducks, who matched a sea­son high by al­low­ing five goals.

(USA TO­DAY Sports)

Colorado Avalanche for­ward Mikko Ran­ta­nen (cen­tre) skates with the puck be­tween Win­nipeg Jets for­ward Niko­laj Eh­lers (left) and Win­nipeg Jets for­ward Blake Wheeler dur­ing the NHL game on Fri­day.

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