The Winnipeg Jets certainly weren’t at their best, but they’ll take both points any way they can get them.
The Jets overcame an early two-goal deficit and beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-4 for their first back-to-back wins of the season to open a three-game road trip.
The Jets got off to a terrible start, allowing three goals in the opening period, while getting badly out-chanced and out-shotted. The Jets were able to turn the momentum around, scoring twice in each of the second and third periods to win the back-and-forth affair.
For the second straight game, all four Jets forward lines contributed in the scoring. Axel Jonson-Fjallby’s first goal as a Jet broke a four-all deadlock to send the Jets to the win with just over five minutes remaining.
Connor Hellebuyck finished with 40 stops and made several key saves in the third to preserve the win.
The Kings beat the Jets 44-19.
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It was a sleepy start for the Jets with the Kings recording the first five shots of the game. But at the five-minute mark, Mark Schaeffel stole the puck on his own blue line and went in on a clear cut break. He picked the top corner over Jonathan Quick to give the Jets an early lead on the first shot of the hockey game.
But the next 10 minutes belonged to the Kings as they scored three consecutive goals. After the Jets took a too-man-on-the-ice penalty, Arthur Califf beat Haleybuyck face-off to tie the game.
Just 66 seconds later, the Jets failed to corral a loose puck and Blake Lizotte found a hole between Halibuyck and the goal post for a 2-1 Kings lead.
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The Kings power play tied again with about six minutes remaining when Gabriel Velardi tipped in a Kevin Fiala shot.
But the Jets were able to stop the late bleeding first. After the Jets picked up their fourth minor penalty of the period, David Gustafsson and Adam Lowry ran on a 2-on-1 and Lowry found the five-hole on Quick for a shorthanded marker. The Jets trailed by just one after 20 minutes despite being outshot 17-6.
Hellebuyck continued to keep it close to start the middle frame. He made a brilliant toe save on the breakaway to stop Fiala and keep the lead at one.
The Jets got a late power play and after some good puck movement, Pierre-Luc Dubois got in front and beat Quick for his third goal of the season and it was a brand new game tied at three.
Just two minutes later, Nate Schmidt threaded a wrister from the blue line for his first of the season and suddenly the Jets had a 4-3 lead.
But five minutes into the third, the Kings tied the score. DuBois was stripped of the puck, and Philippe Denault saw Trevor Moore in the slot, and he snuck a shot past Halibic.
The Jets took the lead for good with just over five minutes remaining. Brenden Dillon’s long shot was headed home by Jonsson-Fjallby. And his first goal with the Jets proved to be the game-winner as Blake Wheeler tied the game with an empty net with just 41 seconds remaining.
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Cole Perfetti was kept off the scoresheet to end his four-game point streak.
Made just 13 saves in a quick loss.
Defenseman Logan Stanley sat out the last game after being hit by a puck. Dylan Samberg returns to the lineup in place of Stanley, paired with Dylan DeMelo.
The Jets will finish the back-to-back with a date against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. Puck drop is once again scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
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