Wheeler gets winner as Jets rally to stun Ducks in OT, 2-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Blake Wheeler scored with 1:53 left in overtime, and the Winnipeg Jets rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.
Marko Dano scored the tying goal with 3:46 to play for the last-place Jets, who won their second straight with a late rally to stun the Pacific Division leaders. Michael Hutchinson stopped 27 shots in his first victory since March 14.
John Gibson made 24 saves and Corey Perry scored a power-play goal in the first period for the Ducks, who fell into a first-place tie with the Los Angeles Kings atop the Pacific Division. Both teams have 99 points heading into their Freeway Faceoff showdown at Staples Center on Thursday.
The Ducks also have a game in hand on the Kings, who snatched a 5-4 overtime victory in Calgary earlier in the night.
Winnipeg avoided a three-game season sweep with a surprising rally past the Ducks, who blew the chance for their 26th win at Honda Center. Anaheim finishes the regular season with a three-game road trip.
The Ducks' NHL-best power play converted its first opportunity in the opening period. Perry tapped in his 33rd goal after captain Ryan Getzlaf's shot rattled off the post.
Anaheim appeared to be rolling toward victory before Dano abruptly ended Gibson's bid for the fifth shutout of his rookie season, artfully deflecting home Jacob Trouba's shot from the blue line for his fifth goal.
Forward Brandon Tanev made his NHL debut for the Jets, who signed him as a free agent March 30. The 24-year-old Providence College product and younger brother of Vancouver defenseman Chris Tanev scored the winning goal in the 2015 NCAA championship game for the Friars.
NOTES: The team handed out duck calls to the crowd on Fan Appreciation Night, but the collective buzz sounded much more like bees than quacks. ... Tanev is the 11th rookie to play for Winnipeg this season. Eight Jets have made their NHL debuts this year. ... Anton Khudobin continued to back up Gibson in place of Frederik Andersen, who is out with a concussion. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau hopes Andersen will play in a game this weekend to assess his availability for the playoffs. ... Anaheim played without injured forwards Rickard Rakell, Brandon Pirri and David Perron and defenseman Kevin Bieksa.