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Scheifele has goal, two assists for Jets in win against Panthers

Laine scores three points for Winnipeg, which denies Quenneville 900th NHL victory

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Scheifele's go-ahead goal

WPG@FLA: Laine, Scheifele connect to put Jets ahead

Patrik Laine picks up the loose puck and taps it over to Mark Scheifele. who slams it into the net to give the Jets a 3-2 lead in the 3rd

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists, and the Winnipeg Jets denied Joel Quenneville his 900th NHL victory with a 4-3 win against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Thursday.

Quenneville is looking to join Scotty Bowman as the only coaches in League history to reach 900 victories.

Scheifele gave the Jets a 3-2 lead at 14:52 of the third period when Patrik Laine got a rebound and backhanded a pass across the crease for a one-timer.

 

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Adam Lowry made it 4-2 at 17:02 before Vincent Trocheck cut it to 4-3 at 18:26.

"We know they have offense and we know they play a solid game, and they're going to make you pay if you give them a chance," Scheifele said. "It was good resilience on our part, good character to come back and continue to fight for that lead."

Video: WPG@FLA: Schiefele sets up Morrissey's opening goal

Josh Morrissey and Nikolaj Ehlers scored, and Laine had three assists for Winnipeg (11-8-1), which is 5-1-1 in the past seven games. Laurent Brossoit made 34 saves in his first start since Nov. 2.

"He was fighting in the net," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "Huge road win. He's the guy that usually gets the tougher games to play in. It's not a back to back, so he got a chance to show what he can do."

Trocheck scored twice, and Keith Yandle and Mike Hoffman each had two assists for Florida (9-5-5). Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves.

"I don't really care if I score as long as we win," said Trocheck, who came in with one goal in 11 games this season. "That's the main focus. I like how we were resilient there in the third and didn't let up. Even down two goals, we still fought to get back in it but in the third period we can't give up chances like that. We have to be even tighter than we are in the first and second."

Bobrovsky has allowed four or more goals in three of his past four starts.

"Everybody goes through stretches where you're going to play your best, and you're going to have stretches where all of a sudden you're against it," Quenneville said. "It doesn't matter what position you're at, but it's magnified being the goalie."

Ehlers gave Winnipeg a 2-1 lead at 4:28 of the third period when he one-timed Laine's pass in the left circle. Trocheck tied the score 2-2 at 7:13 with a backhand rebound.

Winnipeg took a 1-0 lead at 3:45 of the second period on Morrissey's second goal of the season. Laine had an assist for his 200th NHL point.

"It's still one goal for the team," Laine said of his three assists. "It doesn't matter if I score or somebody else scores. Tonight, I was kind of a playmaker and had some good plays with my linemates and we had three big goals for the team, so got to be satisfied."

The line of Laine, Scheifele and Kyle Connor combined for seven points.

"Yeah, we felt good tonight," Scheifele said. "It was really good. We made a lot of nice plays. We worked together really well tonight, which is huge."

Aleksander Barkov tied it 1-1 on the power play at 15:08, scoring his sixth goal in seven games on a rebound from Hoffman's shot from the right circle.

"We weren't sharp," Quenneville said. "I didn't think we had the jump or the possession time that we should have had."

Video: WPG@FLA: Ehlers rips a quick shot by Bobrovsky

 

They said it

"That's awesome to see. He's such a dangerous shooter. He goes to the right spots, and when you have a dangerous shot like that and he's looking for a pass, I think it shows his game is growing. He's always in the right spot, that was my biggest take out of his game tonight. He was always in the right spot and that led to offense." -- Jets forward Mark Scheifele on Patrik Laine's passing

"I think I've said it before that good teams don't lose two games in a row, so we have to make sure we're focused on the next game." -- Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck

 

Need to know

Winnipeg is 8-1-1 in one-goal games. … Laine had his second three-assist game of the season. The first came Oct. 8 in a 4-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins. … Barkov extended his point streak to seven games (six goals, six assists), two shy of his NHL career high. … Yandle has 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in the past eight games. … Florida was not assessed a penalty. 

 

What's next

Jets: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (4 p.m. ET; SUN, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Panthers: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-F, MSG 2, NHL.TV) 

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