National Hockey League

Wheeler lifts Jets over Hurricanes

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Blake Wheeler scored the game-winning goal with just under five minutes left to lift the Winnipeg Jets past the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, on Thursday.

Wheeler also lit the lamp in the first period, while Evander Kane and Andrew Ladd added one goal apiece for the Jets, who have won the first two tilts of a five-game road swing.

"It wasn't the prettiest game we're going to win but it doesn't matter," Wheeler said. "It's two points in the standings against a division rival."

Ondrej Pavelec had 27 saves in the triumph.

Jiri Tlusty scored a pair of goals and Jordan Staal added one goal for the Hurricanes, who have dropped back-to-back contests following a three-game winning streak.

Cam Ward stopped 19 shots in the setback.

Kane broke a 1-1 deadlock just 2:10 into the third period with a goal from the right circle. Kane corralled a loose puck deep in the Carolina zone, skated to the bottom of the right circle and ripped a snap shot between Ward and the near post.

The Hurricanes answered just 1 1/2 minutes later when Staal beat Pavelec with a goal off a faceoff in the offensive zone. Staal took a pass from Jay Harrison in traffic and blasted a wrister to tie the game 2-2.

Just under 11 minutes elapsed before Ladd's wrister off a rebound put the Jets back in front, 3-2.

Carolina, though, knotted it up at 3-3 with Tlusty's second goal of the night at 14:50. Tlusty corralled a loose puck in the Winnipeg zone, skated to the net and fired a snap shot past Pavelec.

"We have to do a better job," Tlusty said. "We didn't execute after the goal we scored and that was the big key."

Wheeler scored the game-winner 16 seconds later on a breakaway. After the puck bounced off a Carolina defenseman, Wheeler controlled the disc and sent it over Ward's glove for the eventual game-winner.

The Jets got on the board just 1:53 into the game when Wheeler lit the lamp with a wrister from the top of the left circle.

Carolina tied the game with 1:21 remaining in the first period when Alexander Semin found Tlusty with a spectacular between-the-legs pass. Tlusty banged it past Pavelec to pull even with the visitors.

Game Notes

Jets defenseman Zach Redmond was hospitalized Thursday after having his leg seriously cut by a teammate's skate during a morning practice. Redmond sustained a laceration to the back of his leg as the Jets were preparing for Thursday's game. The rookie was transported to a local hospital for an emergency procedure after reportedly losing a significant amount of blood, but the injury is not considered life-threatening ... The Jets have won five of the last seven meetings with Carolina ... Ladd, who played in his 500th career game, also had two assists.

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Scores & Schedules

July 29, 2013 07:05 GMT

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Sunday's Scores

N.Y. Yankees 6, Tampa Bay 5

Cleveland 6, Texas 0

Toronto 2, Houston 1

Detroit 12, Philadelphia 4

Boston 5, Baltimore 0

Kansas City 4, Chicago White Sox 2, 12 innings

Oakland 10, L.A. Angels 6

Seattle 6, Minnesota 4

Monday's Schedule

Tampa Bay (Price 5-5) at Boston (Doubront 7-4), 6:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 2-8) at Cleveland (McAllister 4-6), 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Weaver 5-5) at Texas (Garza 1-0), 7:05 p.m.

Toronto (Rogers 3-4) at Oakland (Griffin 9-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Sunday's Scores

Detroit 12, Philadelphia 4

Miami 3, Pittsburgh 2

Washington 14, N.Y. Mets 1

Chicago Cubs 2, San Francisco 1

L.A. Dodgers 1, Cincinnati 0, 11 innings

Colorado 6, Milwaukee 5

San Diego 1, Arizona 0

Atlanta 5, St. Louis 2

Monday's Schedule

St. Louis (Westbrook 7-4) at Pittsburgh (Liriano 10-4), 7:05 p.m.

Colorado (J.De La Rosa 10-5) at Atlanta (Beachy 0-0), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (Hefner 4-8) at Miami (Ja.Turner 3-3), 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (Lohse 7-7) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 6-9), 8:05 p.m.

Cincinnati (Leake 10-4) at San Diego (O'Sullivan 0-2), 10:10 p.m.

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Sunday's Scores

No games scheduled

Monday's Schedule

No games scheduled