Sports Wheeler likes all but 3 minutes of Jets loss

09:06  15 may  2018
09:06  15 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Tickle Me, Fleury: Vegas goalie tickles Jets player's ear

  Tickle Me, Fleury: Vegas goalie tickles Jets player's ear LAS VEGAS - Marc-Andre Fleury gave Blake Wheeler quite an earful. During a scrum behind Vegas' net with 2:34 left in the second period of the Golden Knights' 4-2 victory over Winnipeg on Wednesday night, Fleury reached over with his left hand and tickled the left ear of the Jets' unsuspecting Blake Wheeler . "I did that?" said a playful Fleury, who also made 33 saves in the win. "There's cameras everywhere." There sure are — and video of the ear tickle quickly became a big hit on social media."I was just sitting there and people, they were fighting," Fleury said, "and (I was) trying to have a little smile by myself. That was it.

The Jets looked like a frustrated bunch after suffering a third straight loss . But the goal was disallowed and Wheeler was given a two minute penalty for tripping the goalie. The Sharks scored an insurance goal on the ensuing 5-on- 3 powerplay.

Nick Bonino reacts after a Winnipeg goal in the Nashville Predators' 7-4 Game 3 loss to the Jets in their second-round playoff series in Winnipeg on Tuesday. Wheeler notched two goals in the final five minutes , including a power-play marker and then an empty-netter with 51 seconds remaining.

Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets© Jason Halstead Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets WINNIPEG - Blake Wheeler liked 57 minutes of Monday's game between Winnipeg and Vegas. The other three minutes, not so much.

Tomas Tatar and Jonathan Marchessault scored twice for the Golden Knights late in the first period to jumpstart the visitors to a 3-1 victory that tied the Western Conference final series heading into Game 3 in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

"There was about 57 minutes of that game that was pretty good for us," Wheeler said. "Three minutes of it got away from us. They could have scored four goals in three minutes. We just gotta stay with it better."

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Patrik Laine scored when he took a cross-ice pass from Blake Wheeler and fired the puck past Lightning backup The Lightning could survive that. It has answered goals like that plenty of times this season. And when the Jets scored less than two minutes later, well, that was basically the game.

Wheeler finished the night with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and eight shots on goal in 22:46 of ice time. Blake Wheeler scored a goal in Winnipeg's 6-2 loss against Minnesota in Game 3 on Sunday night. The Jets scratched Wheeler on Tuesday to give him a breather before the playoffs

Tatar and Marchessault, with his first of two goals in the game, beat goalie Connor Hellebuyck in a four-minute span.

Tatar's shot hit the post, he got the puck back and then slid it around the post past Hellebuyck, who finished with 25 saves.

Marchessault made it 2-0 at 17:22 after a Winnipeg turnover during a line change, beating Hellebuyck with a backhand shot through his pads. Vegas outshot the Jets 13-11 in the opening period.

Winnipeg veteran forward Paul Stastny took responsibility for some of his team's errors.

"The first goal was a couple of turnovers," Stastny said. "I turned it over by the net and (Hellebuyck) makes a good save, and then I kind of tried to jump over him and I kind of actually take his (stick) knob so I get him twisted a little bit.

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Wheeler has three goals and 13 points in 10 postseason outings this year. The Jets captain finished the night with a plus-2 rating, two penalty minutes , two shots on goal and two hits in 16:52 of ice Connor Hellebuyck allowed three goals on 28 shots in Monday's 4-0 loss to the Nashville Predators.

Blake Wheeler collected three assists in Saturday's 6-2 victory versus Nashville in Game 5. The Jets captain finished the night with a plus-2 rating, two penalty minutes , two shots on goal It's hard to fault Hellebuyck for this loss because he couldn't really do anything about any of the three goals he allowed.

"The second goal was the same thing. It was just a turnover, kind of a lack of communication with the line change. So, two goals right there."

Kyle Connor scored for Winnipeg on the power play at 7:17 of the third when his angled shot at Marc-Andre Fleury hit the goalie's chest and went under him. The veteran netminder finished with 30 saves.

The Jets' lone goal was only the third time in 14 playoff games they've been held to one goal or less. However, Winnipeg has scored 48 goals so far, one ahead of the Washington Capitals.

Marchessault supplied his sixth goal of the playoffs at 8:45 of the third to make it 3-1. Reilly Smith had a pair of assists.

"We didn't do anything clean, we didn't do anything quickly," Jets head coach Paul Maurice said. "That part I think was true for the whole game and we want to be better there."

Winnipeg defenceman Jacob Trouba said they knew the Golden Knights would come out quicker in this game. They matched the pace, but only for a while.

"I don't think anybody in here minded our start. We liked it," Trouba said. "We had some good chances, they capitalized on theirs."

The loss dropped Winnipeg's record on home ice to 5-3-0, but they've also went 4-2 on the road.

"They're a good team," Wheeler said. "Sometimes the bounces are going to go their way, sometimes they're going to go our way. It's just a matter of getting back on it next game."

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