Little lifts Jets past Bruins, 4-2

Posted Feb. 17, 2012, at 11:59 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 18, 2012, at 9:15 a.m.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Bryan Little scored twice in the third period to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Friday night.

Blake Wheeler had a goal and two assists, and Alexander Burmistrov also scored for Winnipeg.

Jordan Caron and David Krejci scored for Boston.

Coming off a shootout victory in Minnesota on Thursday night, the Jets won games on consecutive nights for the first time this season.

The Stanley Cup champion Bruins peppered Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec in the first period.

Pavelec made key save after key save, even though the Jets were outskated, outchecked and outshot 13-4.

Burmistrov scored at 1:59 of the second period on Winnipeg’s fifth shot of the game. He fired a clean wrist shot from the right faceoff circle that beat Tukka Rask.

Caron tied it at 6:10, sending a high shot into the Winnipeg net that Pavelec never touched.

Winnipeg shut the Bruins down on their first power-play opportunity on an elbowing call against Evander Kane in the second. The Bruins didn’t get off a shot.

Wheeler then slammed home a drop pass from Dustin Byfuglien to put the Jets ahead with 4:10 left in the period. It was a starkly different period for Boston, with Winnipeg holding a 9-8 edge on shots and no longer struggling to get the puck out of their zone.

Krejci tied it at 49 seconds of the third, scoring off a pass from Tyler Seguin.

Little scored the go-ahead goal at 4:16 and gave Winnipeg some insurance with his second at 6:20. Wheeler assisted on both goals.

NOTES: Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play. … The Jets improved to 28-26-6. Boston is 35-19-2.

Red Wings 2, Predators 1

DETROIT — Pavel Datsyuk scored with 5 seconds left to give the Detroit Red Wings 22nd consecutive home victory, 2-1 over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

Three nights after breaking the NHL single-season record for consecutive home victories, the Red Wings tied Boston’s multiple-season mark. The Bruins closed the 1929-30 season with 20 victories at home and won their first two the following season.

Detroit can break the record Sunday against San Jose.

Datsyuk beat Rinne with a high wrist shot from the slot after making a move to elude defenseman Ryan Suter. It was Datsyuk’s 16th goal,

Datsyuk also had an assist on Johan Franzen’s goal. Joey MacDonald made 20 saves, allowing only Nick Spaling’s goal. Pekka Rinne stopped 29 shots.

Earlier in the day, Nashville acquired veteran defenseman Hal Gill and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft from Montreal in exchange for a second-round pick in 2012 and forwards Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney.

Devils 3, Ducks 2

NEWARK, N.J. — Ilva Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias scored shootout goals and New Jersey beat Anaheim.

Martin Brodeur made 36 saves and preserved the shootout win with a pad save on Ryan Getzlaf as the Devils won for the seventh time in nine games and handed the Ducks only their seventh loss (14-3-4) since the start of the year.

Getzlaf appeared to score 1:10 into overtime, but the goal was waved off after a review showed he kicked the puck into the net.

Anaheim’s Sheldon Brookbank forced the overtime, scoring with 2:13 to play in regulation. It was his first goal since March 31, 2009, a span of 167 games.

Corey Perry, who hit a goalpost in the shootout, continued his recent scoring spree for the Ducks, collecting his sixth goal in the last four games.

Adam Henrique and Alexei Ponikarovsky scored in regulation for the Devils, 10-3 in shootouts.

Hurricanes 3, Sharks 2

RALEIGH, N.C. — Jussi Jokinen scored on a deflection with 8:05 left to lift Carolina past San Jose.

Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk scored 3:03 apart in the first period for the Hurricanes, who let a two-goal lead slip away before regrouping to beat the Pacific Division leaders.

The Southeast Division’s last-place team won its second straight, earned points in its sixth consecutive game and improved to 10-3-1 in its last 14 at home.

Dan Boyle and Brent Burns scored in a 2:26 span of the third for the Sharks, who fell to 1-2-1 midway through their nine-game road swing and have lost five of seven overall.

Justin Peters made 35 saves in his first start since Jan. 7 and third of the season. His first victory came in a battle of the backups against Thomas Greiss, who stopped 22 shots in place of Antii Niemi.

A solid dump-in by Jaroslav Spacek started the sequence that led to Jokinen’s winner. Drayson Bowman cycled the puck out to Jamie McBain at the blue line, and McBain unloaded a blast that Jokinen tipped past Greiss.

Canadiens 4, Sabres 3

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais scored shootout goals, and Carey Price stopped both attempts he faced in Montreal’s victory over Buffalo.

Chris Campoli, Scott Gomez and Tomas Kaberle scored in regulation to help the Canadiens win their third straight road game and improve to 5-1-1 in their past seven overall. Montreal (24-25-10) also jumped out of a logjam of three teams with 56 points and alone into 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Tyler Ennis, Tyler Myers and Robyn Regehr scored for Buffalo. The Sabres, 0-3-1 in their past four, at least salvaged a point after Ennis forced overtime by scoring with 8:05 left in the third period.

After Pacioretty scored on the Canadiens’ first shootout attempt, Desharnais sealed it by driving across the front of net before stuffing a shot just inside the left post, pushing it past Ryan Miller’s pad.

Price stopped Brad Boyes and Jason Pominville in the shootout, and finished with 27 saves through overtime.

Capitals 2, Panthers 1

SUNRISE, Fla. — Alexander Semin scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:33 to go, and Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves against his former team help Washington beat Florida.

Alex Ovechkin also scored to help the Capitals move two points behind the first-place Panthers in the Southeast Division. Tomas Fleischmann scored for Florida and Jose Theodore stopped 39 shots.

Semin took a slap shot from above the right circle, and the puck deflected off the stick of Florida’s Sean Bergenheim and past Theodore’s glove.

The Capitals, who won for the first time in four games, tied the score on Ovechkin’s power-play goal at 4:47 of the third. It was his team-leading 24th goal of the season.

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