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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET22:00 BRT, March 2, 2021
Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba  Attendance: 0

Jets beat Canucks 5-2 to earn split of two-game series

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler each had a goal and two assists Tuesday night, leading the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

The Jets avenged a 4-0 loss to the Canucks a night earlier as the teams completed a two-game set.

Nearly halfway through the season, the Jets have yet to lose two games in a row in regulation - and that's deliberate, winger Mathieu Perreault said.

"This is the mindset, this is something we talked about before (Tuesday's) game," he said. "We want to be that team that never loses two in a row."

Adding some solid veteran players has helped Winnipeg slog through adversity and avoid back-to-back regulation losses this year, coach Paul Maurice said.

"We've got men that understand that four (games) in six (days), we're going to be behind it a little bit so it might look a little gritty and it might not be smooth, but you can win a hockey game like that," he said.

Mason Appleton, Mathieu Perreault and Paul Stastny also scored for Winnipeg. Mark Scheifele tacked on three assists.

Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller scored for Vancouver. Brock Boeser finished with two assists.

Vancouver's Braden Holtby stopped 34 of 38 shots. Winnipeg's Laurent Brossoit had 30 saves.

The Jets simply played better than the Canucks on Tuesday, Vancouver coach Travis Green said.

"I thought we lost way too many puck battles tonight, I thought we were a little soft when we had the puck at times," he said. "And that was the difference in the game. It was a big difference."

The Canucks pulled Holtby with just over three minutes to go. Wheeler scored an empty-net goal with 2:10 remaining.

Stastny gave Winnipeg some breathing room 9:13 into the third period, blasting a wrist shot past Holtby from the bottom of the slot to make it 4-2.

The Canucks were down 3-1 late in the second when they cut the lead to a goal on a power play.

Winnipeg defenseman Tucker Poolman was called for interference after bringing down Nils Hoglander near the Jets' blue line. Vancouver capitalized when Miller ripped a shot past Brossoit with 4.7 seconds left on the clock.

The Canucks were 1 for 2 on the power play. Winnipeg was 1 for 3 with the man advantage.

The Jets' power-play goal put the home side up 3-1 early in the second frame.

Wheeler sent a pass through several defenders in front of the Canucks net to Connor, who sent a low shot through Holtby's pads.

Winnipeg's first goal of the game came 5:19 into the first. Holtby made a stop on Adam Lowry but couldn't control the rebound. The puck popped out to Lowry, who shoved it into the net.

The Canucks were quick to respond. Boeser, deep in the Jets end, swept a pass to Pettersson at the top of the slot. The Swedish center took a few strides and fired a wrist shot past Brossoit to even the score.

Some sloppy defensive play by Vancouver helped Winnipeg take a one-goal lead into the first intermission.

Brandon Sutter dove, trying to sweep the puck from the Canucks zone. Instead, it was picked up by Perreault, who waltzed in and fired a shot past Holtby with 2.6 seconds left in the period.

NOTES: Poolman returned to the Jets lineup after missing three games with an undisclosed injury. . Canucks winger Jake Virtanen played his 300th NHL game.

UP NEXT

Canucks: Open a two-game set at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.

Jets: Open a two-game series in Montreal against the Canadiens on Thursday.

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Updated March 2, 2021

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