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Jets reclaim wild card position with win over Sharks


Blake Wheeler scored twice and added an assist as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Tuesday night.

With the win the Jets reclaim the second wild card position in the Western Conference.

Winnipeg scored three goals on their first eight shots to chase Sharks’ starter Antti Niemi.

Adam Lowry, Mark Scheifele and Andrew Ladd gave Winnipeg a 3-0 lead by the 13:01 mark of the first period.

Wheeler now has six goals and five assists in seven games this month. He also has three game-winning goals.

Joe Pavelski had a pair of goals in the loss for the Sharks while Alex Stalock made 12 saves in relief.

The loss drops the Sharks six points back of the Jets for a playoff spot.

With the recent news surrounding former San Jose captain Joe Thornton, Jets fans at the MTS Centre decided to have a little fun Tuesday.

Ondrej Pavelec, who was making consecutive starts for the first time since November, made 38 saves in the win.

‘Pressure and stress’ of captaincy caused Thornton to lash out at people, says Sharks GM

Joe Thornton

In a candid Q&A with Sharks season-ticket holders prior to Thursday’s win over Nashville, San Jose GM Doug Wilson provided a glimpse into the organization’s reasoning for taking Joe Thornton’s captaincy away last summer.

“He cares about the game so much,” Wilson said, per the Mercury News. “The reason we took the ‘C’ off him … Joe carries the weight of the team on his shoulders, and he’s got such a big heart that when stress comes on him, he lashes out at people. It kind of impacts them.

“The pressure and stress, I felt, was getting to Joe. And I sat him down and said we need other players to step up and share this. He got it. He didn’t like it, but he got it and he understood it.”

Thornton, who inherited ‘C’ from Rob Blake in 2010 and spent four years as team captain, was embroiled in a bizarre leadership restructuring last offseason that began with losing the letter in late August — Patrick Marleau was stripped of his alternate captaincy as well — only for the team to re-name Thornton to the leadership group at the end of training camp in October, making him one of four alternates for the season (along with Marleau — who was re-instituted — Joe Pavelski, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.)

The Sharks responded with an inconsistent campaign that currently sees them in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. Head coach Todd McLellan has repeatedly questioned the team’s identity and, in mid-February, gave a curious interview to Sportsnet’s Fan 590, in which he said the Sharks were “better led” this season without a captain than they were with Thornton in charge last year.

“The situation of removing the ‘C’ from certain individuals isn’t an ideal one, but what we’ve got is what we wanted,” McLellan explained. “We have different people stepping up. We have leadership by committee.

“In fact, this year I believe we’re better led than we were last year without having a ‘C’ on. And that’s not an indictment on Joe Thornton by any means.”

But it sure sounds like an indictment now, especially in light of what Wilson told ticket holders yesterday.

Related: Sounds like San Jose handled stripping Thornton’s captaincy really well

Video: Ovechkin scores, now has more power play goals than Buffalo

Alex Ovechkin

It didn’t take Alex Ovechkin long to make his mark on Wednesday’s Rivalry Night game against the Rangers.

Ovechkin scored his 45th goal of the year on the power play at 11:43 of the first period, marking the 21st time this season he’s tallied with the man advantage:

With the goal, Ovechkin also strengthened his NHL lead in PP markers — he’s now four up on San Jose’s Joe Pavelski — and has turned his sights to catching teams.

Yes, teams. From NHL Network host Mike Kelly:

Buffalo is in action tonight — the Sabres have scored three even-strength goals against Toronto — so it’s not clear how long this distinction will last.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering… Ovechkin would need eight more power play goals to catch the next team on the list: Colorado, which sits 29th in the NHL with 29 PPG.