Wheeler's four assists help Jets stop Rangers
WINNIPEG – Winnipeg's top line had the outburst it was looking for.
Bryan Little, Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler combined for nine points and the Jets beat the New York Rangers 5-2 on Friday night.
Little led the barrage with two first-period goals. Wheeler had four assists. Ladd had an empty-net goal and an assist after the trio mustered up just four points in their past four games.
"We were going and getting chances all night. I mean, we could have had a couple of more, too," Little said.
Winnipeg also got goals from blue liners Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers.
"There's a lot of frustration," Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said. "A lot of mind racing as far as what you can do better and that's not a good situation to be in."
•TWO BY TWO: Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie both recorded two goals and two assists, and Marcus Johansson got the tiebreaking goal with 5:44 left as the Capitals rallied from three goals down to beat the Lightning 5-3. Washington has won four in a row overall and seven in arow at home.
• GO CRAZY, WILLIE: Wilie Mitchell's first goal of the season, and 34th in 894 NHL games, broke a third-period tie and lifted Florida to a 2-0 victory at Carolina.
• A HAPPY HOME: Ottawa, which has won only two of its past five overall, beat San Jose 4-2 for its fourth consecutive home victory.
• SOLID SWEEP: Frank Vatrano's first career hat trick led Boston to a 6-2 victory at Pittsburgh and a sweep of their home-and-home series. Conor Sheary — Vatrano's college teammate at UMass — got his first two NHL points with a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who are 0-3 since Mike Sullivan replaced Mike Johnston as the team's head coach last weekend.
• IMPACT PLAYER: Linden Vey, making his season debut, scored in the seventh round of the shootout, giving Vancouver a 4-3 victory over the host Red Wings. Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg tied the score at 3-3 with 1:07 to play. The Canucks played without injured captain Henrik Sedin. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard had 37 saves.
• OKPOSO TO SIT OUT: Right winger Kyle Okposo, the Islanders' leading scorer, will miss Saturday's game aginst Arizona and Monday's game against San Jose because of a lingering lower-body injury. Edina's Anders Lee, who has no goals in his past 12 games, will take Okposo's spot on the top line with John Tavares and Josh Bailey.
• CHICAGO CASUALTY: The Blackhawks will be without forward Marcus Kruger for four months after surgery to repair a dislocated left wrist. Kruger had yet to score this season but is one of the Hawks' best defensive forwards and helps keep other teams' top scoring threats in check. He is also essential to the Hawks' penalty kill.