Sometimes it’s a small thing, almost a hockey cliché — get the puck to the net. At the last possible second Sunday night at the Pepsi Center, remembering it paid off handsomely for the Winnipeg Jets. Blake Wheeler redirected rookie Mark Scheifele’s feed towards the Colorado Avalanche net and with 1.5 seconds remaining in overtime, the Jets claimed a 2-1 victory, their second divisional triumph this week. "I saw Wheels and he called for it the last second and he got a good stick on it and it went in," Scheifele said. "Yeah, I knew there wasn’t a lot of time left, that I had to get it towards the net as quick as I could." It’s the second time this month that duo made some overtime magic. Wheeler set up Scheifele for the game-winner in extra time Dec. 7 in Tampa. "I think we just read off each other," Scheifele said. "He makes good plays. We complement each other well. It’s just a matter of being comfortable and capitalizing on those chances." Jets coach Claude Noel said matching Wheeler with Scheifele started out as a hunch. "The reason I did it this time was that the last time I did it, they ended up scoring the overtime goal," the coach said, his team now back to .500 with a mark of 18-18-5 at the halfway point of their regular-season schedule. "So when something like that happens, you just kind of go with it. "I’ve had other pairs do different things. Sometimes it’s just a hunch you follow and that’s why I did it."
Last-minute heroics earn Jets extra point
Winnipeg Free Press | Dec 30