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Jets avenge home opener loss with 3-1 win over Nashville Predators

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WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets scored two power-play goals in just over five minutes of the first period Tuesday night to beat the Nashville Predators 3-1.

Andrew Ladd, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler, into an empty net, scored for the Jets (7-5-1).

Filip Forsberg scored Nashville's (7-3-1) only goal.

It was the Jets third win in a row, fifth in their past six games and evened their home record at 3-3-0.

They also set a new franchise record for the amount of time between giving up goals.

With back-to-back shutouts in New York and Chicago, they'd gone 161 minutes 17 seconds with allowing a goal until Predators scoring leader Forsberg connected at 16:17 of the second period. It was his fourth goal and 12th point this season. Winnipeg hadn't been scored on since Oct. 30 in New Jersey.

Nashville shut out the Jets 2-0 in Winnipeg Oct. 17 in their first home game this season.

The first period was all Jets and their goaltending and penalty kill helped them survive the rest of the game.

Ladd got his fifth goal of the season when he redirected Dustin Byfuglien's blast from the blue-line past Carter Hutton to start things off at 2:53 in the first. Bryan Little also picked up his fifth assist of the season on the goal.

Scheifele slipped a wrist shot through traffic to make it 2-0 just 5:29 gone in the game ??? with assists to Wheeler and Evander Kane.

The Predators called a time out to give Hutton a break. The Predators rested Pekka Rinne and started backup Hutton for the second time this season.

Forsberg finally put the Predators on the scoreboard in the second just after Winnipeg gave up its first power play of the game with a shot that looked like it rolled over Ondrej Pavelec's blocker and dribbled behind him.

The assists came from Shea Weber and Mike Ribeiro and the goal gave the Predators new life.

Before the midpoint of the third they had evened their shots with the Jets before Winnipeg put the pressure on Hutton once more. They finished the game ahead 26-24.

Wheeler scored into an empty net at 18:20.

Notes: The old franchise record for not giving up a goal was 151:55 minutes, set over four games from Dec. 22-28, 2005, when they were still the Atlanta Thrashers. The Jets wore lavender-decorated Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys during the warmup. The jerseys are sold to raise money for cancer research and other cancer-related causes. Nashville coach Peter Laviolette took a puck to the face in the first period when it went off Jacob Trouba's hand as he was trying to bat it down.

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