Wheeler picks up a hand­ful

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - JUDY OWEN

WIN­NIPEG Blake Wheeler took a pass on soak­ing up praise af­ter his ca­reer-high five-point per­for­mance on Fri­day.

The Win­nipeg Jets cap­tain scored an empty-net goal and added four as­sists in a 5-2 vic­tory over the Colorado Avalanche, who have lost five straight.

Mark Scheifele, Pa­trik Laine, Kyle Con­nor and Nikolaj Eh­lers also scored. Scheifele had a pair of as­sists.

“When you’re pass­ing it to guys like that, it gives you a level of con­fi­dence that kind of changes how you move the puck,” Wheeler said. “If you were pass­ing to some­body that doesn’t have a prayer of putting it in the net, it’s a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent than giv­ing it to (Mark) Scheifele or (Pa­trik) Laine.

“No doubt those guys give me a ton of con­fi­dence to find those lit­tle seams. And like I said, they need such lit­tle space. If I can just squeeze it in there, there’s a good chance it’s go­ing in.”

Wheeler, who had three pri­mary as­sists, ex­tended his point streak to nine games (two goals, 15 as­sists). His 18 as­sists this sea­son are one be­hind Colorado’s Mikko Ran­ta­nen.

Laine and Con­nor each scored on the power play, giv­ing the Jets (9-5-1) at least one power-play goal in 11 straight games to add to a fran­chise-record roll.

De­fence­man Erik John­son scored his first goal of the sea­son and Tyson Jost notched his sec­ond for the Avalanche (7-6-3), who are (0-4-1) dur­ing their los­ing skid.

BLUE JACK­ETS 2, CAP­I­TALS 1

WASH­ING­TON — The Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets’ NHL­worst power play scored twice and Sergei Bo­brovsky made 33 saves in a win over the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals.

MAPLE LEAFS 6, DEVILS 1

TORONTO — John Tavares scored his ninth goal of the sea­son, Patrick Mar­leau had his 600th NHL as­sist and Toronto beat New Jersey.

Nazem Kadri, Con­nor Brown, An­dreas Johns­son, Mor­gan Rielly and Tyler En­nis also scored, and Fred­erik An­der­sen made 38 saves.

Travis Za­jac scored for New Jersey.

RED WINGS 3, RANGERS 2, OT

DETROIT — Dy­lan Larkin scored with 5.1 sec­onds re­main­ing in over­time to lift Detroit past New York.

0 BLUES 4, SHARKS

ST. LOUIS — Chad John­son made 32 saves for his first shutout with St. Louis, help­ing the Blues beat San Jose.

Alex Pi­etrangelo, Ryan O’Reilly, Jaden Schwartz, and Alexan­der Steen scored. The Blues have won four of five games af­ter win­ning just two of their first eight to start the sea­son.

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS/JOHN WOODS

Win­nipeg Jets' Bryan Lit­tle (18) works his way around Colorado Avalanche's Nikita Zadorov (16) dur­ing sec­ond pe­riod NHL ac­tion in Win­nipeg on Fri­day.

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