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Scheifele scores overtime winner as Jets beat Stars

Laine, Copp score in regulation; Jets now 4-0-1 in last five games

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - Working overtime doesn't seem to bother the Winnipeg Jets.

Sunday afternoon's game against the Dallas Stars was the seventh time this season the Jets found themselves playing past 60 minutes of regulation time.

It was also the sixth time they left the building with the win.

Mark Scheifele scored the winner 21 seconds into three-on-three play, giving the Jets a 3-2 victory at Bell MTS Place.

"The intensity always ramps up for Central Division match-ups," said Scheifele, who is now tied for the franchise lead in overtime winners with nine. "We did a good job tonight of just sticking with it… It was awesome to get the two points in overtime."

Video: POSTGAME | Blake Wheeler

It all got started deep in the Jets zone, with Josh Morrissey taking the puck from Stars forward Tyler Seguin and getting it up to Scheifele, who went the length of the ice up the right-wing boards before beating goaltender Anton Khudobin short side.

The overtime success is a product of good habits in regulation time, according to Blake Wheeler.

"Pretty much all of our wins, we've had to really grind for them. Nothing has been easy," said Wheeler. "When you go into overtime and you've been grinding all game, you have that as a habit now. You're not looping off pucks. You're staying underneath them. You're staying in that same grind that we have been playing all game and all year."

The Jets (10-7-1) now have points in five straight games, going 4-0-1 in that span.

But head coach Paul Maurice feels the team's play took a turn further back in the schedule than that.

"We'll go back to the LA game. We talked about it being somewhat like the Columbus game two years ago. We weren't fast," said Maurice, who felt that was a product of so much focus being on defensive positioning through training camp and the early part of the season.

"(Now we're) coming out of that with a focus on just getting back to speed, trusting we know our defensive assignments. I liked our game against Edmonton. It's a hard sell because we gave up seven, but we go into Anaheim and I liked the way we played there. Other than two periods in San Jose, I like where our game is at."

Video: DAL@WPG: Scheifele wires a wrister home for OT win

For the second straight game, the Jets power play got things started for the home side.

Laine took a pass from Neal Pionk and hammered a one-timer into the top right corner for his fourth of the season, giving the Jets a 1-0 lead with 27 seconds remaining in the opening period.

In 14 career meetings with the Stars, Laine now has 16 goals.

That was vintage Patty. Nobody is stopping that," head coach Paul Maurice said of the goal. "You can stay net front. You have to stay net front. But on that one, stepping to the side is the smartest thing to do. Good for him."

Dallas tied the game 5:22 into the second, when Jason Dickinson picked the pocket of Neal Pionk behind the Jets net, feeding Mattias Janmark for a one-timer.

The Stars took a 2-1 lead just 5:05 later, when Radek Faksa tipped a point shot from Esa Lindell past Connor Hellebuyck.

For the 10th time this season, the Jets trailed through 40 minutes.

Video: DAL@WPG: Laine uncorks one-timer for power-play goal

But Wheeler, who had an assist in the win, said the team wasn't panicking. Especially not with all the experience they have already this season in erasing those deficits.

"We have confidence in all situations at this point. We've come back from four down to win a hockey game," Wheeler said of the Jets, who have now won five times when trailing through 40 minutes. "The best thing is if we're down a goal, we don't change our game, we don't cheat the game. We don't try to stretch and do things that aren't in our DNA. The game tying goal was a perfect example of that."

Winnipeg was back on even footing 1:52 into the third period, when Tucker Poolman joined the rush on the right wing and sent a shot into the feet of Khudobin. The rebound kicked out to the left, where Copp was waiting to bury his third of the season, tying the game at two.

"I just tried to be in the right rebound angle. I was fortunate that it came right to me. It was a good play by (Adam Lowry) coming up the ice," said Copp.

"We needed to get our D up in the rush, especially down a goal in the third period. It was a good read by Tucks to get up there. He was either going to put it just behind the net and I was there, or if he was putting it on net, I was at the right angle."

Video: DAL@WPG: Copp buries rebound to tie the game at 2

The Jets are now 3-0-0 against the Central Division, but will put that record on the line on Tuesday night against the Colorado Avalanche in the finale of the four-game home stand.

"It's a bigger game. We have a couple rivalries in there with teams that we've played in playoff series against and teams that we see so often," Copp said. "It's going to be tight again this year. It's tight every year. We know how important these games are."

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