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Mathieu Perreault has four points to lead Jets past Blue Jackets

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WINNIPEG - Mathieu Perreault had a goal and three assists and rookie Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-4 on Thursday night.

The victory keeps the 22-year-old goaltender undefeated in his four-game NHL career.

Mark Scheifele, Adam Lowry, Dustin Byfuglien, Drew Stafford and Blake Wheeler also scored for Winnipeg (14-13-2). Byfuglien, Stafford and Little each added a pair of assists and Scheifele added one.

Cam Atkinson struck twice for the Blue Jackets (11-17-2) with Boone Jenner and Scott Hartnell each chipping in with their 12th goals of the season. Alexander Wennberg had three assists.

Curtis McElhinney turned aside 29-of-34 shots for Columbus. He remains winless in eight games this season (0-5-1). McElhinney started in place of Sergei Bobrovsky, who suffered a groin strain on Tuesday, and is expected to be out three weeks.

The Blue Jackets felt the loss of Bobrovsky quickly as the Jets scored three goals on their first five shots.

Scheifele picked up his team-leading 11th goal of the season 27 seconds into the game.

After taking a shot near the top of the circle that banged off the glass behind the net, Scheifele went to the net and banked the bouncing puck off McElhinney with a backhand.

Just one minute 55 seconds later, Winnipeg made it 2-0 when Lowry scored his first goal of the season by redirecting a Byfuglien shot from the point at 2:22.

The pair of goals were the second fastest to begin a game in the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers' franchise history, according to Elias. The fastest was 1:22 in 2002.

Columbus didn't get its first shot at Hellebuyck until almost four minutes into the period.

The Jets made it 3-0 at 10:48 on the power play when Byfuglien's long shot went under a partially screened McElhinney.

Columbus finally scored after Hellebuyck missed sweeping the puck out of the crease and Jenner banged it in for his 12th goal of the season at 15:38.

With 56 seconds left in the second period, Hartnell used a rebound during a power play to put the puck past Hellebuyck. It was the first time this season Hellebuyck had given up more than one goal in a game.

The Jets made it 5-2 on goals from Stafford and Perreault by 7:36 of the third period.

Atkinson then netted his pair of goals, the second with an extra attacker at 18:16. Wheeler finished the scoring at 19:15 with an empty-netter.

Winnipeg heads to Chicago on Friday to face the Blackhawks. It's the seventh back-to-back set for the Jets this season. They're 2-3-1 in the second games so far. Columbus hosts the New York Islanders on Saturday.

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