VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Paul Maurice said the road can help a team get into a rhythm.
The Winnipeg Jets (12-5-2) took those words to heart and opened the four-game trip with a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Patrik Laine notched his second hat trick of the season, while his line with Bryan Little and Kyle Connor combined for nine points in a win that saw the Jets outshoot the Canucks 49-25.
The goals were nice for Laine, but the fact two of them came at even strength meant just a little bit more.
"If you stay patient and work hard, you're going to get rewarded. I got rewarded tonight," said Laine, who now is tied with Mark Scheifele for the team lead in goals with 11. "Being patient, that's the key. From now on if I don't score in the next 20 five-on-five, I'm not going to lose it all. I'm just going to stay patient and keep working hard."