WINNIPEG – Blake Wheeler admitted it was a slow start for the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.
That’s accurate, considering it took more than six minutes for either the Jets or Philadelphia Flyers to get a shot on goal. But once the scoreless first period was done, Wheeler got things rolling with linemates Mark Scheifele and Mathieu Perreault as the Jets earned their third consecutive victory with a 3-2 win over Philadelphia.
WINNIPEG – There’s an irony that Joe Thornton, best known for dishing out assists on the ice, ended his night with a puck being handed back to him.
Thornton picked up his 1,000 career assist when he got a helper in the San Jose Sharks’ 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. Joe Pavelski had scored an empty-net goal with 26 seconds left for a 3-1 lead, with Marc-Edouard Vlasic picking up the first assist and Thornton the second.
WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has undergone knee surgery and is likely out for the rest of the season.
Jets coach Paul Maurice told reporters Monday that Pavelec had arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee. He said the standard recovery time for the procedure is two-to-three weeks, but it could be longer for a goalie.
WINNIPEG – Connor Hellebuyck was kicking himself, even though his Winnipeg Jets won.
Making his 10th straight start, the Jets goalie almost had a shutout until captain Gabriel Landeskog tipped in a goal with 15.4 seconds left in Winnipeg’s 6-1 rout of the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. Hellebuyck made 22 saves, just a day after he had a 29-save shutout in a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.