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Jets defeat Kings, set their wins record

Connor wins it 1:37 into OT; Los Angeles gains in Pacific

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets set their record for most wins in a season with a 2-1 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday.

Kyle Connor scored 1:37 into overtime off a wrist shot from the right face-off circle after receiving a pass from Bryan Little

"We were trying to get some crossing done in the [offensive] zone and I think I lost my man a bit," Connor said. "Once I got it, I just tried to get it off quick. I found that hole right there."


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Eric Comrie made 16 saves for his first win of the season for the Jets (44-19-10), who have won three straight and moved eight points ahead of the Minnesota Wild for second place in the Central Division. 

Winnipeg previously won 43 games in 2014-15 and as the Atlanta Thrashers in 2006-07.

Dustin Brown scored, and Jack Campbell made 36 saves for the Kings (40-27-7), who are one point ahead of the Anaheim Ducks for third place in the Pacific Division and four points behind the second-place San Jose Sharks.

Video: LAK@WPG: Brown finds twine on Kopitar's return pass

"It was a very hard-fought game," Kings captain Anze Kopitar said. "They're a very good home team, so we know coming in it was going to be tough and it was. I thought we played pretty well. There's obviously still room in a bunch of areas we can improve on and play better, but at the end of the day, we'll take the point.

"It's a tough back-to-back, and three out of the four points in two nights, it's not bad. We'll take it."

Los Angeles defeated Minnesota 4-3 in overtime Monday.

Jets forward Patrik Laine left the game after he injured his left foot blocking a shot by Kings defenseman Alec Martinez 1:09 into the second period. Laine's 15-game point streak (18 goals, eight assists), the longest by a teenager in NHL history, came to an end.

"We'll see how it comes in, but we've already had him looked in a couple of different ways, there's nothing sinister," Jets coach Paul Maurice said.

Video: LAK@WPG: Comrie stones Pearson with his blocker

Brown made it 1-0 at 8:42 of the second period, scoring off a give-and-go with Kopitar at the left post on a 2-on-1.

Connor tied it 1-1 at 17:06, redirecting a pass from Mark Scheifele in the slot.


Goal of the game

Connor's goal 1:37 into overtime.

Video: LAK@WPG: Connor nets scorching wrister in overtime


Save of the game

Campbell's save on Paul Stastny at 18:29 of the third period.

Video: LAK@WPG: Campbell stops Stastny with his glove


Highlight of the game

Connor's goal at 17:06 of the second period.

Video: LAK@WPG: Connor redirects home Scheifele's feed


They said it

"I think we got three out of four points against two tough opponents, which is a really positive thing. But I think we want to be honest with ourselves and know we can play better. I thought our goalie gave us a chance tonight. I thought our defense played really hard, and I thought our veteran leaders were a big reason we got a point." -- Kings coach John Stevens


"Everything goes under the radar when you play for Winnipeg. He's been one of the huge X-factors for our team. Him stepping into our lineup and contributing at the rate he's contributed at, it's a huge reason why we sit where we are today. He was a guy that you had high hopes for coming into the year, but obviously a little bit of a question mark. You didn't really know what you were going to get. He's taken the opportunity that he's got this year and done a great job." -- Jets forward Blake Wheeler on Kyle Connor's season


Need to know

Connor's two goals gave him 27 this season, two behind Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser for the lead among NHL rookies. ... Kopitar has an NHL career-high 82 points (29 goals, 53 assists). … Kings forward Trevor Lewis did not play after sustaining an upper-body against the Wild. … Kings forward Tanner Pearson played his 300th NHL game. ... Los Angeles has alternated wins and losses in its past 10 games (5-3-2). ... The Jets are 12-4-1 in their past 17 games and have allowed two or fewer goals in seven of their past nine.


What's next

Kings: At the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; ALT, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Jets: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Friday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-W, NHL.TV)


Video: Connor leads Jets past Kings in OT, 2-1

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