January 9, 2020 / 3:36 AM / 11 days ago

Wheeler carries Jets past Leafs despite Matthews milestone

EditorsNote: Fixes typo in headline on Wheeler

Jan 8, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares (91) shoots the puck during warm up against the Winnipeg Jets at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Wheeler scored the decisive goal of a shootout and the visiting Winnipeg Jets defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 Wednesday night.

Mark Scheifele, Nikolaj Ehlers and Mason Appleton scored in regulation time for the Jets, who have won two games in a row. The Jets are 2-0-1 on a four-game road trip that ends Thursday against the Boston Bruins.

Auston Matthews scored two goals for Toronto, tying the game with a slap shot with just 14 seconds left in the third period with goaltender Frederik Andersen removed for an extra attacker.

Dmytro Timashov also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost two in a row.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots for Winnipeg.

Andersen made 25 saves for Toronto, including two on breakaways during overtime.

The teams traded goals 56 seconds apart in the first period.

Ehlers scored his 18th goal of the season at 4:00 after Andersen fell trying to handle the puck at the side of the net after Wheeler shot it in.

Matthews tied the score with his 30th of the season from the right circle at 4:56. He is the first Maple Leaf to reach 30 goals in four consecutive seasons to open his career and the first U.S.-born player to do so.

Appleton’s first goal of the season restored Winnipeg’s lead with two minutes remaining in the first. The short-handed goal came after Appleton stripped the puck from John Tavares near the Toronto blue line. Wheeler was serving a holding penalty.

Timashov tied the game at 6:00 of the second on a pass to the edge of the crease from Adam Brooks after Kasperi Kapanen’s shot had been stopped. Timashov had just returned to the ice after serving Toronto’s penalty for too many men on the ice.

Scheifele restored Winnipeg’s lead at 11:45 of the second period with his 21st goal this season with a shot from the right circle on a pass from Kyle Connor.

The Maple Leafs removed Andersen for an extra attacker with just more than two minutes to play in the third period.

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