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Jets top Ducks in OT, set their points record

Connor wins it at 3:16; Anaheim picks up point in wild-card race in West

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets set their points record with a 3-2 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks at Bell MTS Place on Friday.

Kyle Connor scored five-hole on John Gibson at 3:16 for his second overtime goal in as many games. He is the second rookie in NHL history to score a regular-season overtime goal in consecutive team games, joining Andrew Cogliano, who did so in three straight with the Edmonton Oilers in 2007-08.

"I put a lot of pucks on net and shoot it, just try to get it off quick," said Connor, who scored at 1:37 for a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. "That was pretty much going through my mind on that rush. We put a lot at [Gibson] and it seemed like he was making one save after another. I thought we played a really good game."

 

[WATCH: All Ducks vs. Jets highlights]

 

Nikolaj Ehlers scored, Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists, and Connor Hellebuyck made 16 saves for the Jets (45-19-10), who reached 100 points to pass their previous mark of 99 set in 2014-15. Winnipeg leads the Minnesota Wild by 10 points for second place in the Central Division and trails the Nashville Predators by six.

"Other than it's cool, I don't think a whole lot," Scheifele said. "They don't hand out awards for 100-point seasons. We're happy with where our game is, but we've still some games to go, and it's an exciting time right now."

Video: ANA@WPG: Scheifele finishes Wheeler's great play

Derek Grant and Nick Ritchie scored, and Gibson made 39 saves for the Ducks (38-24-13), who moved into the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, one point ahead of the Colorado Avalanche.

Anaheim trails Los Angeles for third place in the Pacific Division becuase the Kings have five more regulation/overtime wins.

"We pretty much hung [Gibson] out," Ritchie said. "He, I don't know how, but somehow got us that point. He made about, I don't know how many saves, 15 good saves he made at least right in front of the net. We've got some things to work on."

Grant made it 1-0 redirecting Hampus Lindholm's shot from the point on the power play at 5:51 of the first period.

Video: ANA@WPG: Lindholm records 100th assist on Grant's PPG

Ehlers tied it 1-1 at 6:46. After receiving a pass from Scheifele, Ehlers toe-dragged the puck around Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin and scored blocker side on a wrist shot from the left hashmarks.

Scheifele gave the Jets a 2-1 lead on a one-timer from the left circle 45 seconds into the second period.

"They were just in our zone the whole game pretty much," Beauchemin said. "I know they're a big, fast, physical team and they're hard to handle, but sometimes you've just got to go with the easiest play. There's nothing wrong with throwing pucks up the glass and make sure it gets out of our zone."

Video: ANA@WPG: Ritchie nets game-tying goal off the rush

Ritchie tied it 2-2 at 10:17 of the third period, scoring from the right circle on a 2-on-1 following a turnover.

Jets forward Patrik Laine played 18:20 and had five shots on goal after leaving in the second period against the Kings because of a foot injury.

 

Goal of the game

Connor's goal at 3:16 of overtime.

Video: ANA@WPG: Connor buries Scheifele's dish for OT winner

 

Save of the game

Hellebuyck's save against Ryan Kesler with 24 seconds remaining in the third period.

Video: ANA@WPG: Hellebuyck uses his glove to stuff Kesler

 

Highlight of the game

Ehler's goal at 6:46 of the first period.

Video: ANA@WPG: Ehlers buries Wheeler's sweet dish

 

They said it

"They had the puck more than we did. We were very, very fortunate to get out of this game with one point. Simple as that. Our goaltender stole us a point here tonight." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

 

"You play an entire game in the offensive zone, it's hard to get frustrated. We jumped on them early and we were just able to sustain a lot in their zone and didn't quite get the bounces we wanted or get one by their guy (Gibson). Tip your cap to him, he played well. And they pack the house pretty good. We had a lot of zone time, they kept us to the outside a little bit. We couldn't get in there and get a couple of better looks." -- Jets forward Blake Wheeler

 

Need to know

Connor's 28 goals are one fewer than Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser for the lead among NHL rookies. … Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom left the game because of a lower-body injury after the second period. Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said Enstrom was taken out for precautionary reasons and that he didn't think the injury is significant. … Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf was a late scratch because of flu-like symptoms.

 

What's next

Ducks: At the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET; SN1, SNW, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Jets: Host the Nashville Predators on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, SNE, SNO, SNP, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Connor, Scheifele lift Jets past Ducks in OT, 3-2

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