Wheeler’s 3rd Period Goal in Game 7 Leads Top-seeded ’14-’15 Jets Over 4th-seeded ’11-’12 Jets

The 4th-seeded ’11-’12 Winnipeg Jets took the opening game of the series by a score of 4-2 with Tanner Glass and Blake Wheeler both posting two points to lead the way. Ondrej Pavelec was stellar in net for both teams in this series and it began in that Game 1. Pavelec stopped 35 shots for the ’11-’12 Jets and 37 shots for the top-seeded ’14-’15 Winnipeg Jets. In Game 2, Pavelec led the ’14-’15 Jets with a 42-save shutout performance. Mathieu Perreault scored the lone goal of the game for the ’14-’15 Jets in the 1-0 win. Andrew Ladd and defenseman Toby Enstrom led the ’11-’12 Jets to a 5-1 win in Game 3. Both Ladd and Enstrom posted a goal and an assist. Game 4 needed overtime after the two teams ended regulation tied 1-1. Mark Scheifele scored just under two minutes into the overtime period for the ’14-’15 Jets to tie the series 2-2.

Lee Stempniak started the scoring in Game 5 as he gave the ’14-’15 Jets a 1-0 lead three and a half minutes into the game. He added another in the third period before a goal from Jiri Tlusty became the game-winner as they took Game 5 4-3 and a 3-2 series lead. The ’11-’12 Jets responded with a 6-4 win in Game 6 to force a Game 7. They scored three goals in the second period, two of them from Bryan Little, which helped them not the series up 3-3. The ’11-’12 Jets carried that momentum into Game 7 as they held a 2-0 lead after the first period with Little and and defenseman Zach Bogosian factoring in both goals. In the second period, Little scored on the PP to get the ’14-’15 Jets on the boards just over three minutes in. Drew Stafford tied the game 2-2 halfway through the second period. Then, late in the third, Wheeler scored the eventual series-clincher for the ’14-’15 Jets with five plus minutes left in the game. 

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 2nd Overtime Total
’11-’12 Jets 0 2 2 4
’14-’15 Jets 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’11-’12 WPG – 4   ’14-’15 WPG – 2     (1-0 ’11-’12 WPG)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Tanner Glass (’11-’12 WPG) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   3 S

2nd Star: G – Ondrej Pavelec (’11-’12 WPG) – W   2.00 GAA   .946 SV% (35 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Ondrej Pavelec (’14-’15 WPG) – L   3.00 GAA   .925 SV% (37 SV’s)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 2nd Overtime Total
’11-’12 Jets 0 0 0 0
’14-’15 Jets 0 0 1 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 WPG – 1   ’11-’12 WPG – 0     (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Ondrej Pavelec (’14-’15 WPG) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (42 SV’s)   SO

2nd Star: G – Ondrej Pavelec (’11-’12 WPG) – L   1.00 GAA   .970 SV% (32 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Mathieu Perreault (’14-’15 WPG) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   6 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 2nd Overtime Total
’14-’15 Jets 0 0 1 1
’11-’12 Jets 1 1 3 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’11-’12 WPG – 5   ’14-’15 WPG – 1     (2-1 ’11-’12 WPG)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Ondrej Pavelec (’11-’12 WPG) – W   1.00 GAA   .980 SV% (50 SV’s)

2nd Star: LW – Andrew Ladd (’11-’12 WPG) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   12 S

3rd Star: D – Toby Enstrom (’11-’12 WPG) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   1 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 2nd Overtime Total
’14-’15 Jets 1 0 0 1 2
’11-’12 Jets 0 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 WPG – 2   ’11-’12 WPG – 1     (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Ondrej Pavelec (’14-’15 WPG) – W   1.00 GAA   .972 SV% (35 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Ondrej Pavelec (’11-’12 WPG) – L   2.00 GAA   .957 SV% (45 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Mark Scheifele (’14-’15 WPG) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   6 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 2nd Overtime Total
’11-’12 Jets 1 1 1 3
’14-’15 Jets 2 0 2 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 WPG – 4   ’11-’12 WPG – 3     (3-2 ’14-’15 WPG)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Lee Stempniak (’14-’15 WPG) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   2 S

2nd Star: LW – Andrew Ladd (’11-’12 WPG) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   13 S

3rd Star: D – Dustin Byfuglien (’11-’12 WPG) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +1   3 S   2 PIM

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 2nd Overtime Total
’14-’15 Jets 1 1 2 4
’11-’12 Jets 1 3 2 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ’11-’12 WPG – 6   ’14-’15 WPG – 4     (3-3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Bryan Little (’11-’12 WPG) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   6 S

2nd Star: RW – Blake Wheeler (’11-’12 WPG) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   14 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: LW – Andrew Ladd (’11-’12 WPG) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   9 S

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 2nd Overtime Total
’11-’12 Jets 2 0 0 2
’14-’15 Jets 0 2 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 WPG – 3   ’11-’12 WPG – 2     (4-3 ’14-’15 WPG)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Ondrej Pavelec (’14-’15 WPG) – W   2.00 GAA   .947 SV% (36 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Bryan Little (’11-’12 WPG) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   6 S

3rd Star: C – Bryan Little (’14-’15 WPG) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   -1   4 S

Up next is the other Semifinal matchup between the 2nd-seeded ’13-’14 Winnipeg Jets and the 3rd-seeded ’12-’13 Winnipeg Jets!

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