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Ducks lose in OT, lead Pacific by one point

Jets rally in third period, tie game with 12 seconds left

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Anaheim Ducks had their Pacific Division lead reduced to one point with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Thursday.

The Ducks (42-23-12) lead the Edmonton Oilers, who won 3-2 against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. The Sharks are three points behind. All three have five games remaining.

"Yeah, it's disappointing," forward Corey Perry said. "We didn't play for the full 60 minutes. You take your foot off the gas in this League, you're going to get burnt. You sit on your heels -- you can't sit back and receive a hockey game -- and we did that in the final [period]."

 

WATCH: All Ducks vs. Jets highlights

 

Mark Scheifele got the winner at 3:34, his 30th goal of the season, after Dustin Byfuglien scored with 12 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game 3-3.

"We sat on our heels," Perry said. "We haven't done that in a long time. We've continued to go after teams and push

Joel Armia and Blake Wheeler also scored, and Michael Hutchinson made 25 saves for the Jets (36-35-7), who are 6-2-0 in their past eight games.

Perry had two goals, Jakob Silfverberg one, and Jonathan Bernier made 37 saves for the Ducks, who had their five-game winning streak end.

Video: ANA@WPG: Byfuglien nets rebound, ties game in 3rd

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler hit the crossbar seconds before Scheifele scored.

The Ducks led 3-1 after two periods.

Wheeler scored at 11:35 of the third period to make it 3-2 after Nikolaj Ehlers made a centering pass in front. Byfuglien tied the game after charging to the net and muscling the puck over the goal line.

"We decided to not just quit," Ehlers said. "We wanted to keep going and get the two points no matter that. We worked our [butts] off those last 20 minutes. It feels good now."

Armia scored his fourth shorthanded goal of the season for the Jets, who were eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention on Monday.

Silfverberg scored his 22nd at 8:17 of the first period to make it 1-0. Ryan Kesler won a draw back to Silfverberg, who spun off his check and got a wrist shot off from the middle of the left circle, beating Hutchinson over his shoulder.

Armia tied it 1-1 with his 10th goal at 11:54 on a quick shot down low.

Perry made it 2-1 at 18:56, backhanding a rebound past Hutchinson.

Perry scored his second of the game on the power play at 7:01 of the second period to make it 3-1, moving the puck in off the half boards and putting his wrist shot under Hutchinson.

 

Goal of the game

Scheifele rushed down the right side and cut to the middle, passing the puck to Byfuglien. Scheifele moved to the left circle and Byfuglien passed it back, and Scheifele's one-timer beating Bernier high.

Video: ANA@WPG: Scheifele buries the game-winner in OT

 

Save of the game

Hutchinson made a pad save on a point shot from Ducks defenseman Josh Manson in the third period with the Ducks leading 3-1, shortly before Winnipeg began their comeback.

 

Highlight of the game

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler broke his stick in the Jets zone and Armia took the puck the length of the ice, got muscled off it by Ryan Getzlaf in the corner, but won it back. He skated out and scored from a tight angle past Bernier.

Video: ANA@WPG: Armia beats Bernier five-hole for SHG

 

Unsung performance of the game

Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey had four shots, two hits and a blocked shot in 20:56.

 

They said it

"We've got to stay positive here. I thought we played a really solid 40 minutes. You don't want to lose, but at the same time sometimes it's a wake-up call and we've got to refocus for a big week." -- Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernier

 

"It's probably hard for you to understand how difficult this is to go through again at a time like this. The fact we're winning hockey games at this time of year with nothing to play for says a lot about the group that we have, the guys that we have." -- Jets forward Blake Wheeler

 

Need to know

Getzlaf returned after missing one game with a lower-body injury. … Winnipeg signed defenseman Tucker Poolman to a one-year, entry-level contract on Thursday. He was a fifth-round pick (No. 127) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

What's next

Ducks: At the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Jets: Host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Scheifele's OT winner completes Jets' comeback win

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