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Kyle Wellwood scores eight seconds in as reborn Winnipeg Jets get first win

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WINNIPEG - Kyle Wellwood scored eight seconds into the game Monday as the reborn Winnipeg Jets defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 for their first regular-season victory.

Tanner Glass had the other Winnipeg goal, while Alex Burmistrov picked up two assists. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 28 shots for the win.

Zbynek Michalek had the only goal for Pittsburgh, which got 33 saves from Marc-Andre Fleury.

Heading into the game, Winnipeg (1-3-0) was one of three winless NHL teams. The other two, the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, were idle Monday.

Pittsburgh has lost two in a row and dropped to 3-2-2.

After the opening faceoff at a raucous MTS Centre, passes between Nik Antropov and Burmistrov ended with Wellwood beating Fleury.

The goal tied former Thrasher Ron Petrovicky for the franchise's fastest goal.

Winnipeg went up 2-0 with just over a minute left in the first period when Burmistrov stole the puck from defenceman Kris Letang along the boards.

Burmistrov sent the puck over to Glass in the high slot and he fired it through the legs of a screened Fleury.

Pittsburgh finally got one past Pavelec with 1:38 left in the second period when Michalek scored from just inside the blue-line.

Letang assisted on the goal, giving him seven points this season, including one goal. Prior to the game, Letang was tied with Ottawa's Erik Karlsson for most points by a defenceman.

Pittsburgh was without forwards Evgeni Malkin (knee) and Tyler Kennedy (concussion-like symptoms). Sidney Crosby (concussion) also stayed home as he continues his recovery.

Winnipeg was missing winger Evander Kane with a lower-body injury. Defenceman Ron Hainsey left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury and didn't return.

The Penguins continue their busy schedule with a game Tuesday in Minnesota against the Wild. Pittsburgh has 13 games in 24 days to start the season.

Winnipeg heads to Toronto to play the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

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