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    February 21, 2019 11:42 AM HKT
    WINNIPEG -- After a frantic first period Blake Wheeler might have been forgotten if not for what he did in the third. [b]Denis Suarez Jersey[/b] . Wheeler scored two goals, including the winner, as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 6-4 on Friday in a game that featured a seven-goal first period. Wheeler ended a scramble in front of the Minnesota net when he poked the puck under a prone Niklas Backstrom with 9:20 remaining in the third period for his 14th goal of the season, giving the Jets a 5-4 lead. It was the ninth goal in December for Wheeler, who started the season with just five goals in his first 28 games. "I think confidence plays into it," he said of his recent success. "When the puck starts going in the net you find yourself getting into the scoring areas a little bit more. The puck seems to bounce your way a little bit more." Evander Kane, Olli Jokinen, Dustin Byfuglien and Toby Enstrom added goals for Winnipeg. Dany Heatley, Justin Fontaine, Stephane Veilleux and Mikko Koivu were the goal scorers for Minnesota. The Jets (17-18-5), who were coming off a humbling loss in Edmonton on Monday, finally managed to beat the Wild after losing each of the first three meetings between the teams. It was a fourth straight loss for the Wild (20-14-5), who have now dropped six of their last eight games. Neither team seemed interested in playing defence after the three-day Christmas break. The Jets led 4-3 after a first period that saw seven goals scored in the first 7:04, and featured three lead changes. "We dont have the luxury of finding reasons for things not being OK," said Wild coach Mike Yeo, who said the first period was clearly a by-product of the extended break. "Were in a position where we have to make things right." Minnesota struck first when Heatley scored on a wide-open net after a pass from Jason Pominville 2:13 into the game. But the Jets grabbed the lead before the game was six minutes old thanks to a short-handed goal by Kane and a one-timer in the low slot by Jokinen. "When they scored we responded, which was good to see," Kane said. It only took another 67 seconds for the Wild to go ahead 3-2, on goals by Fontaine and Veilleux. That ended Ondrej Pavelecs outing. The Jets starting goalie smashed his stick en route to the dressing room after allowing three goals on six shots, giving way to backup Al Montoya. Jets coach Claude Noel said the quick hook had more to do with his teams sluggish play in its own zone than anything. "I think our team needed a jolt," he said. Jets captain Andrew Ladd echoed the coach, saying that the team felt sympathy for the lack of support they provided for their goalkeeper. "I thought Monty did a great job once he got in there," Ladd said. "The first three goals, there was nothing Pav couldve done about them, so it was more about trying to get some momentum for our group on the bench." After nearly eight scoreless minutes, the Jets once again claimed the lead on late-period goals from Wheeler and Byfuglien. Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom allowed four goals on 11 first-period shots, and finished with 32 saves on 37 total shots. The lone goal in the second period came on a Wild power play, as a perfect passing sequence ended with an easy goal for Koivu to tie the game at 4-4. That was the only blemish for Montoya, who stopped the other 22 shots he faced. Enstrom added an empty-net goal from 175 feet with four seconds remaining. The Wild won each of the three previous meetings by one goal, including a shootout victory on Nov. 23. Both clubs return to action on Sunday, with the Jets travelling to Denver while the Wild head home to face the New York Islanders. Notes: Zach Parise, dealing with a lower-body injury, missed a second straight game for the Wild. ... The Jets were without defencemen Zach Bogosian (flu) and Mark Stuart, who was a late scratch with a lower-body injury after taking the morning skate. ... The teams have one remaining meeting, in Winnipeg on April 7.[b]Thomas Vermaelen Jersey[/b] .J. -- The New York Jets have promoted Tony Sparano Jr. [b]Ousmane Dembele Jersey[/b] . The 10-horse field of 3-year-old pacers will leave the starting gate at approximately 10:14pm et. Co-owned and trained by David Menary, Hes Watching will be driven by Tim Tetrick and is the 5-1 fourth selection in the field.ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rashard Lewis didnt join the Miami Heat last season with any illusions of expecting to log the minutes he did earlier in his career. That doesnt mean the veteran forward isnt capable of contributing quality minutes when the Heat need them. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each had 20 points, and Lewis added 18 points in just his second start of the season as the Miami Heat rallied to beat the Orlando Magic 110-94 Saturday night. "Were a veteran team and Im used to it after playing last year. You just have to be mentally ready to go when your name is called upon," Lewis said. "With the type of team we have you might play 20 minutes and you might play 5 minutes. Youve just got to be ready." Lewis started in place of Shane Battier, who sat out to rest a sore quadriceps. He gave quality minutes all night, hitting three 3-pointers. He also had eight points during a third-quarter run, before the Heats big three then caught fire in the fourth to secure the victory. LeBron James had 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. The Heat won their eighth straight over the Magic. It was also Miamis 22nd consecutive divisional victory, leaving it just one win short of tying Bostons NBA record of 23 set in 1961. Miami kept its streak going despite James 5-for-13 shooting night. Wade has been pacing himself recently in back-to-back games, but started Saturday. Miami hosts Toronto on Sunday. The Raptors are one of the leagues hottest teams, winning five straight and eight of their last 10. They currently lead the Atlantic Division. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said its something theyre aware of, but nothing theyll put too much emphasis on. "Weve been noticing," Spoelstra said. "Theyve been playing very good basketball. We mentioned that about the Eastern Conference. It is way too premature to figure out where teams are. There are teams that have higher ceilings, and theyre one of them." The Magic were without starting centre Nik Vucevic, who missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. But they managed to stay in the game by spacing the floor and getting some easy layupps. [b]Marc-Andre Ter Stegen Jersey[/b]. . They fell apart down the stretch, though, as Miami began to rack up points inside. Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 21 points and Tobias Harris added 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Magic lost their third straight. "They got out in transition and Im always talking about how offence helps your defence, and we couldnt get anything going," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. The Magic tried to adjust to Vucevics absence by shifting Glen Davis to centre and inserting Andrew Nicholson in to start at power forward. Nicholson played only six minutes, but was pulled in the first quarter and didnt return. While Nicholson struggled defensively, Davis took advantage of Battiers absence and had a lot of early success inside to keep the Magic in it. The Magic clung to a 57-54 lead early in the third quarter before a layup by James ignited a 19-2 Heat run that put Miami back in front 73-59. Lewis had six points during the run, including a four-point play. The Magic never got closer than nine in the fourth quarter. Arron Afflalo, the Magics leading scorer, said he hopes a five-game road trip -- which begins on Monday -- can help him break out of a recent shooting slump. He has shot under 40 per cent in each of the Magics last three games. "Its getting back to that point again, we just want to win," he said. "Regardless of any and everything, each and every night, whether its this or that -- we just want to win." Bosh said hes excited about his latest matchup against the Raptors. "This is going to be a huge game for them," he said. "We know they have a lot of confidence and have had some big games and big wins on the road. ... We are going to have to make sure we let them know what is really important for us at home and what a true champion plays like." NOTES: The Magic dropped to 1-15 when their opponent scores 100 or more points. ... The Magic waived reserve big man Solomon Jones following the game. 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