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.
The Winnipeg Jets scored three goals on eight shots ending San Jose Sharks’ starter Antti Niemi’s night early.
Andrew Ladd re-directed a Jacob Trouba shot past Niemi at 13:01 of the first period for his 24th of the season to give Winnipeg a 3-0 lead.
Alex Stalock has come on in relief of Niemi.
Adam Lowry and Mark Scheifele had the other Winnipeg goals.
It appears there are more changes coming for the 2015-16 American Hockey League season.
The Florida Panthers, who are currently affiliated with the San Antonio Rampage, are expected to partner with the Portland Pirates next season. The Pirates are currently affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes.
According to Texas Stars beat reporter Sean Shapiro, San Antonio could be the new affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes beginning next season. The Rampage and Coyotes were affiliated from 2005 to 2011.
Fox Sports reported last month that the Coyotes would ultimately like to have their affiliate in Arizona, but that would require the team to purchase a franchise and relocate it.
The Portland Press Herald reports the Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears are currently in negotiations and are expected to announce a new affiliation agreement as early as this week.
The Coyotes and Panthers’ affiliation swap is just the latest in what has been a busy few months for the American Hockey League.
Last week the Montreal Canadiens announced they would relocate from Hamilton to St. John’s next season with the Winnipeg Jets moving its AHL affiliate to Winnipeg.
In January the AHL announced a new Pacific Division for the 2015-16 season, which will feature five teams playing in California.
The Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks will all have their top development club playing in the new division.