Mark Scheifele snapped a personal scoring drought when he scored 32 seconds in overtime to give the Jets a 3-2 victory over the LA Kings on Saturday night.
Forward Nikolaj Ehlers prepared Scheifele for his first goal of the season.
The overtime loss snapped Los Angeles’ seven-game winning streak by falling to 8-5-2. He also stopped a three-game winning streak on the road.
Winnipeg goalkeeper Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves on 29 shots as the Jets improved to 8-3-3 on the season.
Kings goalkeeper Cal Petersen stopped 20 of 23 shots in the loss.
Winnipeg defender Dylan DeMelo tied the Jets 2-2 with an understaffing 13:36 in the third period. Center Andrew Copp set him up for a clear shot that beat Petersen. It was DeMelo’s first goal as a Jets player and his first goal since March 21, 2019 when he was with the Ottawa Senators.
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Before that, the Kings seemed to kick Winnipeg on every lap and when they didn’t, the Jets were mishandling passes and missing nets.
LA outshot the Jets 10-2 in the middle 20 minutes.
Former Jets forward Brendan Lemieux gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead at 2:22 pm of the second period when he pounced on the rebound from a shot from center Blake Lizotte. Defender Olli Maatta also helped.
The Jets were outshot 14-10 in the opening period at their home court.
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Kings forward Carl Grundstrom tied the score at 1-1 early in the first period when his shot from a bad angle knocked Hellebuyck over the shoulder. Center Trevor Moore attended.
The Jets opened the scoring early in the game. Kyle Connor, the team’s leading scorer, scored his 11th of the season when he pounced on his own rebound after a shot from Logan Stanley just 1:59 into the game. The Pierre-Luc Dubois Center also attended.
Winnipeg hosts the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, the last of a seven-game home run.
The Kings return home to host the Washington Capitals in the first of a seven-game homestand.
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