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Jets rally with five unanswered goals in win against Blackhawks

Copp breaks tie with 6:33 remaining in third period; Toews gets 800th NHL point

by Darrin Bauming / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Copp's go-ahead goal

CHI@WPG: Copp picks the short side to take the lead

Andrew Copp takes a pass in the slot, finds an opening by Corey Crawford's short side and puts a wrist shot home, giving the Jets a 3-2 lead

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WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets scored five unanswered goals and rallied for a 5-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Bell MTS Place on Sunday.

Andrew Copp broke a tie with 6:33 remaining, and Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist for the Jets (29-23-5), who extended their point streak to five games (4-0-1). Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves.

"Great, great pass by Jack [Roslovic]," Copp said of his 10th goal of the season. "I just saw some space behind (Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson). I mean, that pass is fantastic; just to be on the same page with that. Great, great play by [Roslovic]."

 

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Jonathan Toews got his 800th NHL point with an assist on Dominik Kubalik's goal 15 seconds into the first period. Toews has 341 goals and 459 assists in 928 NHL games, all with the Blackhawks.

"That's a nice steppingstone, nice to get a big number like that here in my hometown of Winnipeg," Toews said. "But unfortunately, we couldn't get the two points. We were looking good the first shift of the game. I thought it was going to be one of those nights, but I think they bounced back and obviously played their best late in the game."

Brandon Saad also scored, and Corey Crawford made 31 saves for Chicago (25-22-8), which opened a five-game road trip.

Saad redirected a pass from Patrick Kane and gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead at 10:58 of the first period.

"Just because we started off well, we obviously took our foot off the gas," Saad said. "They scored a nice shorthanded goal and kind of took it to us the rest of the game."

Video: CHI@WPG: Connor scores SHG on Copp's gorgeous pass

Connor scored shorthanded at 3:44 of the second to make it 2-1 after a backhand saucer pass from Copp.

"You just try to get it the next shift, just try to fight through some adversity, which I feel like we've done both as a team and as a line," Copp said. "There was a lot of game left after that. I don't know if that was the best game I've ever played, but I like the direction we're headed in."

Blake Wheeler tied the game 2-2 on the power play at 9:04 of the third period with a wrist shot from the right circle after a stretch pass by Neal Pionk.

Patrik Laine scored into an empty net at 18:37 of the third period to make it 4-2, and Connor also scored an empty-net goal with 20 seconds remaining for the 5-2 final.

"They got off to a good start," Wheeler said. "We tried to play their game for a period and then we got back to ours for the last 40 [minutes]. Gave us a chance."

 

They said it

"I thought we had an excellent first [period]. I really liked how we played. Obviously, the scoreboard reflected that. Obviously, the power plays was a huge momentum killer for us. Not only did they score, but we didn't react well to that adversity and it seemed to affect the rest of the game." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton

"We had a good stretch there for a while, and then our game slipped a little bit and then we went through a tough stretch. At the end of that tough stretch, we were playing a really good game, just not getting the results. We finally have got it turned around a little bit." -- Jets captain Blake Wheeler

Video: CHI@WPG: Wheeler ties it with top-shelf PPG

 

Need to know

Saad has eight goals in his past 11 games. … Kubalik's goal was the fastest by a Blackhawks rookie to begin a game in team history. Kubalik is the ninth NHL rookie in the past 30 years to score within the opening 15 seconds of a regular-season game. … Defenseman Nick Seeler made his Blackhawks debut and had an assist in 14:59 of ice time. … Connor has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past two games. … Laine extended his goal streak to three games and has nine goals in his past nine games.

 

What's next

Blackhawks: At the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNW, NBCSCH+, NHL.TV)

Jets: Host the New York Rangers on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, MSG, NHL.TV)

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