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Michael Hutchison stops 45 shots as Jets beat Blackhawks 3-1

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WINNIPEG - Michael Hutchinson stopped 45 shots and Bryan Little set up a pair of goals as the Winnipeg Jets halted the Chicago Blackhawks' four-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory on Thursday.

The Jets (6-3-1) held a 2-1 edge heading into the third period on goals by Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd.

Mark Scheifele padded the lead at 8:04 when he took a pass from rookie Nikolaj Ehlers and beat goalie Corey Crawford on the short side.

Patrick Kane scored the game's first goal, his sixth of the season, 1:26 into the match on a power play for Chicago (6-4-0).

Crawford was riding the four wins and a pair of shutouts into the game for the Blackhawks. He stopped 28 shots.

The Jets got off on the wrong foot quickly when defenceman Toby Enstrom took a hooking penalty at 18 seconds of the first period.

The reigning Stanley Cup champions made them pay as Kane took a cross-ice pass from centre Artemi Panarin and fired a low shot past Hutchinson.

Wheeler tied it 1-1 with his fifth goal of the season after Little won the faceoff, sent the puck back to him and he delivered a low shot from the top of the circle that went under Crawford's stretched-out left leg at 8:12.

With hometown product Jonathan Toews in the box for holding, the Jets peppered shots at Crawford until Ladd flipped in a Little rebound to go ahead 2-1 at 5:09 of the second.

Winnipeg defenceman Jacob Trouba took a tripping penalty with 19 seconds left in the second, but his teammates killed it off.

Chicago pulled Crawford with just under three minutes remaining in the game, but Hutchinson withstood the challenge.

It was the final game of Winnipeg's season-long, six-game homestand (3-2-1)

The Jets head out for a four-game road trip, starting Saturday in Columbus. Chicago travels to Minnesota for a game Friday.

Notes: Jet Nikolaj Ehlers extended his point streak to five games, with four goals and four assists ??? Chicago is now 6-1-0 when scoring first this season ??? The Jets have given up the first goal in eight of their first 10 games and are (5-2-1) in those matches ??? Jets forward Mathieu Perreault picked up an assist in his 300th NHL career game.

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