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Associated Press, Published March 05 2012

Wheeler’s third-period goal lifts Jets over Sabres

WINNIPEG, Man. – Blake Wheeler scored the deciding goal on a breakaway in the third period and Bryan Little had three assists in the Winnipeg Jets’ 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

Andrew Ladd and Chris Thorburn also scored and Ondrej Pavelec made 23 saves for the Jets (32-27-8), who maintained their hold on eighth place in the Eastern Conference and stretched their over Washington to three points.

Buffalo 0 1 0 – 1

Winnipeg 1 0 2 – 3

First period: 1, Winnipeg, Ladd 21 (Little), 13:45.

Second period: 2, Buffalo, Tropp 2 (Ellis, Boyes), 19:25.

Third period: 3, Winnipeg, Wheeler 15 (Little), 8:02. 4, Winnipeg, Thorburn 4 (Little, Enstrom), 10:54.

Shots on Goal – Buffalo 7-9-8 – 24. Winnipeg 10-8-13 – 31.

Goalies: Buffalo, Miller 22-18-5 (31 shots-28 saves). Winnipeg, Pavelec 25-21-7 (24-23).

A – 15,004 (15,015). T – 2:16.