Wheeler scores 2, Jets beat Kings 6-3

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Blake Wheeler was glad to be back playing on a line with Mark Scheifele, and it showed.

Wheeler had two goals and an assist in his 700th game in franchise history, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and two assists and Patrik Laine scored a goal into an empty net and added one assist. Jansen Harkins and Mason Appleton also scored, and Jack Roslovic and Scheifele each had two assists.

''You know I love playing with Scheif, and I think the feeling's mutual. It's like riding a bike,'' said Wheeler, who last lined up with the alternate captain in early November after veteran center Bryan Little was injured.

Jets coach Paul Maurice moved Wheeler from centering the second line to the wing with Scheifele and Ehlers in the second period.

''It's something that you know you like, you've seen it work so well, but we've had our challenges with pieces of lines,'' Maurice said of reuniting Wheeler and Scheifele.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 shots for the Jets, who went 4-2-0 on a six-game homestand.

Dustin Brown scored twice and Martin Frk also had a goal for the Kings, who were coming off two straight wins. Anze Kopitar and Matt Roy each added two assists. Calvin Petersen finished with 28 saves.

It was the Kings' first game without forward Tyler Toffoli, who was traded to Vancouver on Monday. The team also scratched defenseman Alec Martinez, reportedly because another trade was in the works.

''Just where we are at the (trade) deadline, and as we go forward we want to keep certain people healthy,'' Kings coach Todd McLellan said when asked why Martinez didn't play.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Jets acquired defenseman Dylan DeMelo from Ottawa. He remained in Ottawa until Winnipeg begins a four-game road trip against the Senators on Thursday.

''You're fighting for a playoff spot, trying to add some pieces that fit in and we did that,'' Ehlers said. ''We're excited to have him in. Hopefully, he's able to jump right in.''

The Kings led 1-0 after the first period with Brown scoring 35 seconds into the game off a rebound.

''Our first period was our best period,'' Brown said. ''It kind of faded. Each period kind of got worse for us as a group. We started well but just couldn't maintain.''

Winnipeg scored three times in the second to take the lead.

Harkins got his second goal of the season after Laine passed him the puck during a 2-on-1 and he beat Petersen with a low shot with 6:47 to go in the middle period to tie the score.

Appleton made it 2-1 with 2:55 left in the period when Roslovic dropped him a pass and he fired the puck between Petersen's pads.

Wheeler recorded his 19th goal of the season 88 seconds later on a 2-on-1 with Scheifele.

Los Angeles made it 3-2 at 1:21 of the third when Adrian Kempe shot the puck wide of the net, Frk picked it up behind Hellebuyck and wrapped around for the goal.

Ehlers also finished off a 2-on-1 with Scheifele to regain the two-goal lead at 5:49.

Brown made it 4-3 with 4:44 left in the third when he tipped in a point shot from Roy. Kopitar picked up his second assist, giving him six assists in a three-game point streak.

Laine scored into an empty net with 2:17 to go and Wheeler tipped in Neal Pionk's point shot to finish the scoring with 1:29 left.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host Florida to start a five-game homestand on Thursday night.

Jets: At Ottawa to open a four-game trip on Thursday night.

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123T
LA21-34-5
1023
WPG31-25-5
0336
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
M. Amadio C00-300/2010:260
D. Brown RW20120/0217:323
J. Carter C01023/4017:141
D. Doughty D00-310/0024:060
D. Forbort D00-110/0019:004
M. Frk RW10-120/0016:570
B. Hutton D00230/0019:181
A. Iafallo LW00100/0018:551
A. Kempe LW01030/0018:500
A. Kopitar C02118/7020:550
T. Lewis RW00-220/0009:351
B. Lizotte C00-215/5013:291
T. Moore LW00-110/0012:340
N. Prokhorkin LW00-321/1012:402
M. Roy D01240/0019:200
J. Ryan D01-340/0016:400
A. Wagner RW00-110/0011:012
S. Walker D00-340/0217:430
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
M. Appleton RW10120/0014:361
N. Beaulieu D00220/0215:510
G. Bourque LW00000/0006:373
A. Chibisov RW00000/0006:510
K. Connor LW01060/0019:241
A. Copp C01-1110/5019:222
N. Ehlers LW12260/0017:290
J. Harkins LW10210/0013:290
D. Kulikov D00-110/0022:112
P. Laine RW11020/0018:021
J. Morrissey D00020/0024:591
S. Niku D00210/0014:081
N. Pionk D01220/0021:583
T. Poolman D00100/0218:591
J. Roslovic RW02201/7014:291
M. Scheifele C02134/3019:550
N. Shore C00013/1009:581
B. Wheeler C21251/1017:461
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Petersen (L)345290.85359:45
GOALIESSA
C. Petersen (L)34
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Hellebuyck (W)343310.91259:56
GOALIESSA
C. Hellebuyck (W)34
GOAL Blake Wheeler , Assists: Neal Pionk and Nikolaj Ehlers
LA:GoalsShots
WPG:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • WPG
      18:31GOAL Blake Wheeler , Assists: Neal Pionk and Nikolaj Ehlers
    • WPG
      17:43GOAL Patrik Laine (Empty net shot), Assists: Kyle Connor and Andrew Copp
    • LA
      15:16GOAL Dustin Brown , Assists: Matt Roy and Anze Kopitar
    • WPG
      05:49GOAL Nikolaj Ehlers (Wrist shot), Assists: Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler
    • LA
      01:21GOAL Martin Frk (Wrap shot), Assists: Jeff Carter and Adrian Kempe
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • WPG
      18:33GOAL Blake Wheeler (Backhand shot), Assists: Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers
    • WPG
      17:05GOAL Mason Appleton (Wrist shot), Assist: Jack Roslovic
    • WPG
      13:13GOAL Jansen Harkins (Snap shot), Assists: Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • LA
      35.0GOAL Dustin Brown (Wrist shot), Assists: Joakim Ryan and Anze Kopitar
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • LA
      11:40Dustin Brown penalty Interference - 2 min.
    • WPG
      01:43Nathan Beaulieu penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • WPG
      09:11Tucker Poolman penalty Tripping - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • LA
      10:46Sean Walker penalty Hooking - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
LA
WPG
Shots on Goal3435
Goals in Power Play00
Faceoff Wins1719
Penalties22
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties22
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
LA
Shots on Goal34
Goals in Power Play0
Faceoff Wins17
Penalties2
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties2
Misconducts0
123T
LA21-34-5
1023
WPG31-25-5
0336
STARS OF THE GAME
8.8 %SHOT %17.1 %
0.829 %SAVE %0.912 %
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
M. Amadio C00-300/2010:260
D. Brown RW20120/0217:323
J. Carter C01023/4017:141
D. Doughty D00-310/0024:060
D. Forbort D00-110/0019:004
M. Frk RW10-120/0016:570
B. Hutton D00230/0019:181
A. Iafallo LW00100/0018:551
A. Kempe LW01030/0018:500
A. Kopitar C02118/7020:550
T. Lewis RW00-220/0009:351
B. Lizotte C00-215/5013:291
T. Moore LW00-110/0012:340
N. Prokhorkin LW00-321/1012:402
M. Roy D01240/0019:200
J. Ryan D01-340/0016:400
A. Wagner RW00-110/0011:012
S. Walker D00-340/0217:430
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
M. Appleton RW10120/0014:361
N. Beaulieu D00220/0215:510
G. Bourque LW00000/0006:373
A. Chibisov RW00000/0006:510
K. Connor LW01060/0019:241
A. Copp C01-1110/5019:222
N. Ehlers LW12260/0017:290
J. Harkins LW10210/0013:290
D. Kulikov D00-110/0022:112
P. Laine RW11020/0018:021
J. Morrissey D00020/0024:591
S. Niku D00210/0014:081
N. Pionk D01220/0021:583
T. Poolman D00100/0218:591
J. Roslovic RW02201/7014:291
M. Scheifele C02134/3019:550
N. Shore C00013/1009:581
B. Wheeler C21251/1017:461
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Petersen (L)345290.85359:45
GOALIESSA
C. Petersen (L)34
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Hellebuyck (W)343310.91259:56
GOALIESSA
C. Hellebuyck (W)34
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
LA21-34-5
1023
WPG31-25-5
0336
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
M. Amadio C00-300/2010:260
D. Brown RW20120/0217:323
J. Carter C01023/4017:141
D. Doughty D00-310/0024:060
D. Forbort D00-110/0019:004
M. Frk RW10-120/0016:570
B. Hutton D00230/0019:181
A. Iafallo LW00100/0018:551
A. Kempe LW01030/0018:500
A. Kopitar C02118/7020:550
T. Lewis RW00-220/0009:351
B. Lizotte C00-215/5013:291
T. Moore LW00-110/0012:340
N. Prokhorkin LW00-321/1012:402
M. Roy D01240/0019:200
J. Ryan D01-340/0016:400
A. Wagner RW00-110/0011:012
S. Walker D00-340/0217:430
Total3603417/194-16
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
M. Appleton RW10120/0014:361
N. Beaulieu D00220/0215:510
G. Bourque LW00000/0006:373
A. Chibisov RW00000/0006:510
K. Connor LW01060/0019:241
A. Copp C01-1110/5019:222
N. Ehlers LW12260/0017:290
J. Harkins LW10210/0013:290
D. Kulikov D00-110/0022:112
P. Laine RW11020/0018:021
J. Morrissey D00020/0024:591
S. Niku D00210/0014:081
N. Pionk D01220/0021:583
T. Poolman D00100/0218:591
J. Roslovic RW02201/7014:291
M. Scheifele C02134/3019:550
N. Shore C00013/1009:581
B. Wheeler C21251/1017:461
Total61103519/174-19
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Petersen (L)345290.85359:45
GOALIESSA
C. Petersen (L)34
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Hellebuyck (W)343310.91259:56
GOALIESSA
C. Hellebuyck (W)34
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

123T
LA21-34-5
1023
WPG31-25-5
0336
TEAM STATS
2.64
GF AVG
3.36
GA AVG
.49
Power Play
3.14
GF AVG
3.21
GA AVG
.63
Power Play
All times are US/Eastern.