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Wheeler leads Winnipeg past the Wild

Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Wheeler lit the lamp twice as the Winnipeg Jets won a back-and-forth contest against the Minnesota Wild, 6-4, at MTS Centre.

Evander Kane, Olli Jokinen, Dustin Byfuglien, and Tobias Enstrom all scored and Jacob Trouba contributed two assists for the Jets, who snapped a two-game skid.

Starting goaltender Ondrej Pavelec was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots, but Al Montoya turned aside 22-of-23 shots to help provide stability in net for Winnipeg.

"We made a goalie change that didn't really have much to do with Pavelec," Winnipeg head coach Claude Noel said. "It was clearly a message to me not to Ondrej, but to our team."

Mikko Koivu, Justin Fontaine, Dany Heatley, and Stephane Veilleux provided the scoring for the Wild. Niklas Backstrom allowed five goals on 37 shots as the Wild extended their losing streak to four games.

"Backstrom gave us a chance to win that game," Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said. "I'm not going to say that he didn't play well."

Heatley quickly opened the scoring 2:13 into the game, but Kane evened the score 1:35 later with a shorthanded tally on a two-on-one. Jokinen added to the lead on a tip-in at 5:57.

Fontaine raced through the slot to wrist a rebound past Pavelec to tie the game 57 seconds later. Veilleux slapped the puck over the shoulder of Pavelec, giving Minnesota the lead and chasing the Winnipeg netminder 7:04 into the first.

Winnipeg tied the game again at 14:50. Bryan Little won the face-off back to Trouba, who fired a shot from the blue line. Wheeler was in front of the net to deflect the puck past Backstrom.

Byfuglien netted a wrister to give Winnipeg a 4-3 lead with 2:50 left in the first to cap off an opening frame that saw seven total goals.

Koivu tied it up on the power-play to even the game 3:40 into the second for the middle stanza's lone goal.

Wheeler broke the tie after hard work chipping away in a scrum in front of the net for his second of the night 10:40 into the third. Enstrom sent the puck down the ice from his own zone to ensure the victory with four seconds remaining.

Game Notes

Zach Parise missed his second straight game with a bruised foot ... The Wild activated goaltender Josh Harding from injured reserve, recalled Veilleux from the Iowa Wild of the AHL, and placed defenseman Clayton Stoner on injured reserve prior to the game ... Winnipeg lost their previous three games against Minnesota.

12/27 23:53:17 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
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x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
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Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
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MIL 5
STL 1
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ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
11th
CWS 3
BOS 4
 
11th
HOU 4
KAN 6
 
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
7th
ANA 1
OAK 4
 
7th
SDP 3
COL 1
 
7th
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LOS 1
 
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
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Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
3rd
DEN 67
GSW 75
 
3rd
POR 74
LAC 64
 
4th
SAC 74
PHO 71
 
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
2nd Intermission
ANA 4
DAL 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
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DUR 6
NOR 9
 
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