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Patrik Laine scores to give Jets win

Rookie ends goal drought against Devils

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Patrik Laine scored for the first time in six games, and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 at MTS Centre on Tuesday.

Laine gave Winnipeg a 3-1 lead 4:47 into the third period. He had one goal in his past 10 games.

"People told me in the second intermission that I should try [the] blocker," Laine said. "It was the first shot, blocker, and it goes in. I was obviously relieved.

"I had some pretty good scoring chances in the second period, and I just couldn't score. It was an amazing feeling to get that goal and help my team to win. I knew that I was playing well, even if I [did not], I think I played well in this game."

 

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Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets (11-12-2), who won their fifth consecutive game at home. Scheifele and Laine each has 13 goals, tying David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins for second in the NHL (Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins has 15).

Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck started for the 12th time in the past 14 games and made 23 saves. He set a Jets record for the longest home shutout streak at 174:55 before New Jersey rookie Miles Wood ended it with his first NHL goal.

Video: NJD@WPG: Wood sneaks first NHL goal under Hellebuyck

Hellebuyck stopped New Jersey breakaways by Wood and Sergei Kalinin and later forced Wood to miss a penalty shot late in the second period.

Nick Lappin scored and Cory Schneider made 26 saves for the Devils (10-7-5). New Jersey lost its fifth consecutive game on the road (0-4-1) and is 3-7-3 there.

"[Laine] has a heck of a shot," Schneider said of the game-winning goal. "It might have ramped off [Devils defenseman Jon Merrill's] stick there. It's just kind of how it has been going lately. I felt I had a [bead] on it, and it just changed direction slightly. That's all it takes for me right now. It's just something that I have to work through and keep working hard."

Winnipeg took a 1-0 lead at 11:20 of the second period. Schneider stopped a shot by Nikolaj Ehlers, but Dustin Byfuglien wrestled the rebound loose. Scheifele beat Andy Greene to the loose puck and put it past Schneider.

Wheeler made it 2-0 at 13:21, taking a pass from Andrew Copp that he put past Schneider's left glove.

Wood made it 2-1 at 2:52 of the third period with a shot from the bottom of the left circle that slipped past Hellebuyck. Wood was playing his fourth NHL game.

Lappin's fourth goal made it 3-2 at 7:58.

 

Goal of the game

Laine carried along the right boards before putting a right-circle slap shot over Schneider's right shoulder.

Video: NJD@WPG: Laine finds the corner with top-shelf goal

 

Save of the game

Wood sped past three defenders before breaking in on Hellebuyck in the first period, but the goaltender made a right-pad save.

Video: NJD@WPG: Hellebuyck stretches for a tremendous save

 

Highlight of the game

New Jersey threatened 1:12 after Wheeler's goal when Wood broke loose for the second time in the game and was awarded a penalty shot. But Hellebuyck forced Wood to commit to a backhanded shot that missed the net.

 

Unsung moment of the game

Jets center Andrew Copp used a stick check to get inside positioning on New Jersey defenseman John Moore in the slot, allowing him to move a loose puck to Wheeler on Winnipeg's second goal.

Video: NJD@WPG: Wheeler doubles the Jets' lead off rebound

 

They said it

"I think it shows a resilient group. The thing is, you don't want to be down in games, chasing games, but I think the belief in how we play and that we can come back is important. That is also a part of the game where you have to have some belief, and we have that, but we'd like to put ourselves in situations where we have a lead more often than not." -- Devils coach John Hynes on the third-period push

 

"I liked [New Jersey's] game. It's not an easy game to play. They skate well, they check well, so it was a bit of a grinder at the start. Our composure was pretty good, [but] we held through it." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice

 

Need to know

Devils forward Mike Cammalleri, who had eight points in three games entering Tuesday, was limited to one shot. … Winnipeg center Bryan Little returned after missing 23 games because of a lower-body injury. He played 20:09, third-most among Winnipeg forwards. … Winnipeg finished November 7-8-1, playing a League-most 16 games in 29 days. … Winnipeg was 0-for-5 on the power play and is 1-for-21 in the past seven games. … Jets forward Marko Dano was hit near the eye by a high stick in the first period and did not return. Maurice said Dano's status is still to be determined.

 

What's next

Devils: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; MSG+ 2, CSN-CH, NHL.TV)

Jets: Home vs. the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; SNOL, TSN3, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Laine, Wheeler, Scheifele power Jets to 3-2 win

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