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Scheifele, Jets defeat Blackhawks in OT, spoil Lehner's debut

Scores at 47 seconds to give Winnipeg sixth straight win against Chicago

by Scott King / Independent Correspondent

Scheifele hammers overtime winner

WPG@CHI: Scheifele powers home Wheeler's feed for win

Mark Scheifele fires a one-timer that beats Robin Lehner low to complete the Jets' comeback and win the game 3-2 in overtime

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CHICAGO -- Mark Scheifele scored 47 seconds into overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Saturday. 

Scheifele scored from the top of the left face-off circle off a pass from Blake Wheeler. He has one goal and five assists in his past three games.

"Good play by [Josh Morrissey] in the corner, kind of forcing [Jonathan] Toews' hand," Scheifele said. "Went up the ice, knew he had an odd-man break, good back-end by him and a nice pass by [Blake Wheeler], put her home."


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The win was Winnipeg's sixth straight against Chicago and spoiled the debut of goalie Robin Lehner, who signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on July 1.

Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and an assist for the Jets (4-2-0), who have won three straight. Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves.

"We were able to battle back and we just played solid," Scheifele said. "We obviously didn't have the best first period, but there's 40 minutes left. We had a lot of room to grow and that's what we did." 

Video: WPG@CHI: Ehlers tees up massive one-timer for PPG

Lehner made 30 saves for Chicago (0-2-1), which scored shorthanded and on a power play.  

"I felt good," Lehner said. "I felt like I saw the puck well, I thought rebound control was good. The first one is unfortunate, it squeaks through. But I was where I wanted to be in position and somehow it goes in, got to try to clean that up. 

"And the third goal, it just dove on me. He missed his shot. It's unfortunate. But I thought I made some good saves and felt comfortable. We got a point, which is something, but should've got a win today."

Brandon Saad gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at 4:02 of the first period with a shorthanded goal on a 2-on-1 with Ryan Carpenter.

"I think we did a good job in the first and they kind of took it to us in the second," Saad said. "[Lehner] made some big saves and the third was kind of even. But we definitely had chances to close it out and we didn't. At least we got a point and we have to move on from it."

Brent Seabrook extended the lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 12:37, scoring stick-side from the right face-off circle off a rebound. 

Ehlers scored a power-play goal to make it 2-1 off a one-timer from the right circle at 7:05 of the second period after receiving a pass from Neal Pionk.

Andrew Copp tied it 2-2 at 11:44 of the third, scoring stick-side from in front off a pass from Kyle Connor. 

"We were tapping each other, 'Let's go get another one right now,'" Copp said. "You don't want to be giving away points in the Central Division. I don't think we were playing for [overtime]. We were out there to win." 

Video: WPG@CHI: Copp tips in Connor's feed to knot the score


They said it

"When you can cut it in half like that in the second period, you're feeling strong going into the third. And we were getting some really good offensive zone shifts in there. I thought Copp's line and [Jack] Roslovic's line were the two that kind of turned the tables for us and got us playing down on their end." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice

"Obviously, it's been three in a row where we haven't been very good (in the second period), and to me, that's where you show how good you are. The best teams, they dominate the second period so it's a point of emphasis for us. We like to control the tempo of the game and control the territory, outchance the other team, that's where you show how good you are. We're not close to where we want to be in that area." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton


Need to know

Jets forward Patrik Laine had his five-game point streak to start the season end. … The Jets have given up the first goal in all six games this season. … Defenseman Calvin de Haan, acquired in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on June 24, made his debut for the Blackhawks after missing the first two games of the season with a groin injury. He had three hits and blocked three shots in 18:03.


What's next

Jets: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN360, SN1, TVAS, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

Blackhawks: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

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