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Hayes scores overtime winner as Jets beat Blackhawks

Roslovic scores twice in win; Jets hold two-point lead in Central Division

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

CHICAGO, Illinois - There was a bit of a déjà vu feeling at the United Center on Monday.

For the second time this season, the Chicago Blackhawks found a way to tie the Winnipeg Jets late in regulation time.

But, for the second time this season, it was the Jets leaving Chicago's home rink with the overtime win, this time by a score of 4-3.

Kevin Hayes' 19th of the season came 3:38 into overtime as he got a step on Dylan Strome coming out of the left corner, drove to the front of the net, and lifted a puck over the right pad of Corey Crawford.

"I didn't really have any options. I'm a pass first type player and was at the end of my shift there. I thought I could take it to the net and luckily I could get a step on (Strome)," said Hayes.

"They have elite players on that team. When you get to three-on-three, it's a lot of open ice. We have some good guys on our team and they have some fancy players on their team… Ultimately, we got the two points and that's what we came here to do."

Video: WPG@CHI: Hayes uses nifty move in tight for OT winner

Jack Roslovic scored twice in regulation to give him nine goals on the season, while Adam Lowry added his 12th to round out the Jets scoring.

With the win, Winnipeg (46-29-4) sweeps the season series with the Blackhawks and puts the Jets two points clear of the Nashville Predators for the Central Division lead.

"They're important points. We know how tight the standings are," said Lowry.

"To be able to answer in overtime, that was a heck of a goal by Kevin… It's nice to have that (losing) streak behind us. Hopefully we can string some wins together."

An early Chicago power play 3:29 into the first was the opportunity the Blackhawks needed to open the scoring. Jonathan Toews' wrist shot from the left circle deflected off Jacob Trouba's stick and through Connor Hellebuyck.

Video: WPG@CHI: Roslovic steals and scores from sharp angle

But that Chicago lead only lasted until just after the midway point of the first period. Brandon Tanev drove down the left wing and was hauled down by Gustav Forsling, leaving a loose puck that Adam Lowry picked up and sniped top corner on Corey Crawford.

Lowry's 12th of the season was his third in the last three games.

Then with 34 seconds left in the opening frame, Jack Roslovic picked the pocket of Forsling just inside the Blackhawks zone. The speedy winger sent a sharp angle shot toward the net from the right side that beat Crawford, putting the Jets on top 2-1.

"I thought our line played really well, a full 60 (minute) game," said Roslovic.

"We're going into some pretty meaningful games here in a couple weeks. You don't ever want to leave it that tight, but it's good to know we can do that as a team and we can finish in crunch time."

Video: WPG@CHI: Roslovic fires home second goal of the game

Roslovic wired home his second of the game - a beautiful wrist shot off an Andrew Copp centering feed - to put the Jets up 3-1 with 14:49 to go in the second period.

"They were really good. They were the one line that was structured and technically played a strong game," Maurice said of Roslovic's line with Copp and Mathieu Perreault. "They did simple things very fast and got really good opportunities because of it. They played in the right end. When they played in our end, they were sorted and they handled any pressure they faced really well."

But that two-goal cushion lasted 1:12, as Strome pounced on a loose puck and got behind Nathan Beaulieu. Strome chipped the puck past Hellebuyck for his 18th of the campaign, cutting the Jets lead to one.

The teams traded chances in third before a review for offside eliminated a Mark Scheifele goal that would have put the Jets up by two with 3:14 to go in regulation.

Video: WPG@CHI: Lowry beats Crawford with short-side snipe

Chicago took full advantage, with Strome burying his second of the game from the slot to tie it.

"We knew right away it was going to be overturned. I don't think there was any sag (on the bench)," said Lowry of the offside review.

"We knew they were going to keep coming. Fortunately, we give up that goal and we don't sag. We had some real good chances in overtime and Helly made a couple key saves."

That set the stage for Hayes' winner with 1:22 remaining in overtime. It concluded an overtime period with a number of Jets chances, including a Patrik Laine breakaway, Roslovic's backhand in front of Crawford, and a wrist shot from Nikolaj Ehlers.

"It feels like we haven't been in one a while. I thought for a stretch in the NHL - at least the games I've been watching - it looked like they had gotten bogged down a bit. That certainly wasn't bogged down," Maurice said of the overtime period, before giving an inside look at his thoughts on the bench as the play that led to Hayes' goal was developing.

"It was really good because his coach was screaming at him to get off the ice for about 30 seconds until he went down and scored," Maurice said with a grin. "So I love the confidence."

The Jets now head to Minnesota to take on the Wild Tuesday night, which will wrap up the ninth set of back-to-back games the Jets face this season.

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