RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Blake Wheeler scored two goals and got an assist and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Thursday night.
The Jets, who are in the middle of a five-game road trip, won for the fifth time in seven games and bounced back from a shutout loss in their previous game. They’ve gone 7-1-2 in their last 10 games.
Carolina lost for the second time in three games since winning four straight.
Wheeler gave the Jets a 1-0 lead at 5:29 to get his sixth goal of the season.
Elias Lindholm scored Carolina’s goal on the power play at 3:44 of the second period to tie the score at 1-1. He slammed the puck off Mark Stuart’s skate and Hutchinson was not able to stop the deflection. Lindholm has points in six of the last seven games.
The tie score didn’t last as Wheeler scored on a tip in at the front of the net to push the Jets back into the lead 2-1.
Michael Frolik put the game out of reach with an empty-net goal for Winnipeg with 1:30 left in the game.
Hurricanes goalkeeper Cam Ward had his five-game winning streak snapped as he faced almost constant duress from the Jets. Winnipeg outshot Carolina 37-23 and Ward finished with 34 saves.
Winnipeg backup goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson (2-1-0) earned the win with 22 saves.
The Hurricanes were 1-for-3 on the power play, while Winnipeg went 0-for-2 with the man-advantage.
NOTES: Winnipeg RW Blake Wheeler had his second multi-goal game of the season. His first came in the season opener on Oct. 9 at Arizona. … The Hurricanes have recorded power-play goals in six of their last seven games, including the last four straight.
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