Forward Blake Wheeler continues to fuel Jets offense
Winnipeg, MB, Canada (AHN Sports) – Blake Wheeler finished with a goal and two assists against his former team, as the Winnipeg Jets rolled past the Boston Bruins 4-2 Friday night at MTS Centre.
It marked the first time a former Bruins player recorded three points in one game against Boston since Bill Guerin’s three-point effort on March 15, 2009.
Apart from notching his 11th goal on the year, Wheeler also had a hand in Bryan Little’s two third period tallies, including the game-winner.
Alex Burmistrov also lit the lamp for the Jets, who have won two in a row and four of six. Winnipeg received a 31- save effort from Ondrej Pavelec.
The Jets, coming off a win in Minnesota the previous night, shattered a scoreless tie at 1:59 in the middle frame courtesy of Burmistrov.
Winnipeg went up 2-1 with 4:10 left in the period when the Jets speedy forward Wheeler pounded home a Dustin Byfuglien drop pass.
The 25-year-old right-winger Wheeler, with six points in his last four games, has a team-leading four three-point nights this season.
Wheeler, drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round in the 2004 NHL Entry draft, was signed to an entry-level contract by the Boston Bruins on July 1, 2008.
He was sent to the then Atlanta Thrashers as part of a multi-player trade in February 2008.
Wheeler now has 42 points in his 2011-2012 campaign.