WINNIPEG - After losing to the San Jose Sharks with under 4 seconds remaining on Tuesday, the Winnipeg Jets bounced back with a solid effort beating the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Thursday.
Captain Blake Wheeler was in fine form against the Bruins, putting up his 20th goal and 66th assist of the season all in the opening 12 minutes of the game.
Video: BOS@WPG: Wheeler cleans up in front for opening tally
"I play with good players and I play a lot of minutes," said Wheeler.
"Obviously I've been given a great opportunity and I've got to take advantage of the guys that I've been lucky enough to play with."
The performance was impressive considering two nights ago, the Jets' captain ran into the Sharks' Logan Couture's elbow in the third period and left for a short time. The 32-year-old didn't practice Wednesday, but was out early for morning skate working with Mark Scheifele.
Wheeler now has scored 20 goals or more in six consecutive seasons, which means the "C" on his jersey might also stand for consistency.
"The goals are secondary. So he scores goals that's fine, if we're looking at stats his assist numbers are just off the charts, elite in the world," said Paul Maurice.
"It's his work ethic and compete shift in and shift out. There will be 30 other coaches who will say they have a guy or two like that but there's not many men like him who plays as hard as he plays."
Again the Jets have proven resilient when it comes to not allowing tough losses to derail them in their efforts to stay on top of the Central Division. In this month alone they've done it twice. Back on March 5th they were over powered by the best team in the NHL, Tampa Bay 5-2 but responded with an 8-1 destruction of Carolina two nights later in Raleigh.
This time they put the Sharks loss behind them quickly by jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first on the Bruins. Then with the game tied at two in the third Winnipeg scored twice and held on for a huge two points.
"We just stayed with it and things haven't been easy for us," said Wheeler.
"But we showed some good resolve and did enough to get the win."