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Jets use big second period to defeat Devils

Score five goals on 11 shots for fourth straight win

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets scored five second-period goals and won their fourth straight, 5-2 against the New Jersey Devils at Bell MTS Place on Saturday.

The five goals came in a span of 12:27 for the Jets (12-4-3), who have outscored opponents 15-6 during their winning streak.

"We didn't do anything different than that first period," Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba said. "We talked about it after the first period. It was a tight game and there wasn't really much there, but I don't think we changed anything. We just kind of trust the game we've been playing."

 

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Kyle Connor made it 1-0 at 5:51 of the second period for the Jets before Brian Gibbons scored his ninth of the season to tie it at 1-1 at 6:52.

Winnipeg then scored three goals in 1:35.

Patrik Laine scored his 10th goal, redirecting a shot at 8:06 to make it 2-1. Trouba's wrist shot made it 3-1 at 8:41 before Matt Hendricks scored one minute later for a 4-1 lead.

Video: NJD@WPG: Jets light lamp three times in 95 seconds

Mathieu Perreault scored for the second straight game to give Winnipeg a 5-1 lead at 18:18.

Rookie Will Butcher scored his first NHL goal, and Cory Schneider, who allowed five goals on 11 shots in the second period, made 17 saves for the Devils (11-5-2), who have lost two straight and six of eight (2-3-3).

"You always dream about scoring your first goal in the National Hockey League," Butcher said. "In my mind, I drew it up a little bit different than just pushing the puck just three inches across the line. At the end of the day, it's still a special moment."

Video: NJD@WPG: Butcher scores first career NHL goal

Keith Kinkaid, who replaced Schneider to start the third period, made 12 saves. The Devils lost for the second time in regulation in 10 road games (6-2-2).

"It's never something you want to kind of snowball like that," Schneider said. "For me, it's about making a save or two to stop the momentum. To give up three or four goals on four or five shots in that short amount of time, it's tough as a goalie. Tonight, I just wasn't able to stop the bleeding."

Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves for his 11th win. He has allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of his 14 starts.

Butcher made it 5-2 at 7:14 of the third period, pushing a Nico Hischier deflection into the net after the puck sat on the goal line behind Hellebuyck.

 

Goal of the game

Trouba's goal at 8:41 of the second period.

Video: NJD@WPG: Trouba nets his first goal of the season

 

Save of the game

Hellebuyck's glove save at 4:42 of the second period.

Video: NJD@WPG: Hellebuyck makes big glove save on Bratt

 

Highlight of the game

Hendricks' goal at 9:41 of the second period.

Video: NJD@WPG: Perreault sets up Hendricks for one-timer

 

They said it

"Our effort was really solid there. I think in the first period there we could have had a few. Our start was great. It was just a few minutes there where we had some major breakdowns where we gave up some Grade A chances where they buried. That's the way it goes sometimes. You have to learn from that stuff and get better from it." -- Devils forward Taylor Hall

 

"He's been the backbone of our group this year. We've talked from Day One that in this league you've got to have (great) goaltending. It helps your team when you're making mistakes and not playing great hockey, and when you are playing great hockey, you feel you can beat anybody in the league." -- Jets forward Matt Hendricks on goalie Connor Hellebuyck

 

Need to know

The Devils allowed five goals in a period for the first time since March 22, 2008, when they allowed five goals in the third period to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 7-1 loss. ... Hischier has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past eight games. … Laine has nine points (six goals, three assists) during an eight-game point streak. … Scheifele has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games. ... Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom did not return for the third period after sustaining a lower-body injury; no update was provided following the game.

 

What's next

Devils: At the Minnesota Wild on Monday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N+, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Jets: At the Nashville Predators on Monday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, TSN3, NHL.TV)

 

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