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Jets rally for win after trailing Devils by four

Complete comeback in shootout after three-goal third period; Schneider leaves game

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Jets complete epic comeback

WPG@NJD: Jets rally to stun Devils with shootout win

The Jets score four consecutive goals, including three in the 3rd, before Blake Wheeler seals the shootout win to spoil the Devils' home opener

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NEWARK, N.J. -- The Winnipeg Jets rallied from four goals down to defeat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 in a shootout at Prudential Center on Friday.

Dmitry Kulikov scored with 11 seconds left in the second period to pull the Jets within 4-1. Jack Roslovic scored 2:41 into the third period, Mathieu Perreault scored at 7:17 and Neal Pionk scored at 12:35 for a 4-4 tie.

"A win like this helps you bond (as a team)," Pionk said. "You share that memory together. Just saying we came back from four goals down is something we'll share throughout the rest of the year. So that gives us confidence as a group going forward."

 

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Blake Wheeler scored the deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout, and Laurent Brossoit made 35 saves for the Jets, who lost their season opener 6-4 to the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Blake Coleman scored two goals, and Sami Vatanen and Nikita Gusev scored for the Devils in their season opener. P.K. Subban had an assist in his debut for New Jersey.

"The best part about it is you don't have a lot of time to think about it," Subban said. "We go right back at it tomorrow (at the Buffalo Sabres). In this league, back to backs, we just saw a team on a back to back come back from 4-0, so there's no excuses in this locker room. We're a fast team, we've got a lot of energy, we're in great shape after training camp, I can tell you that. We'll be ready to go."

Video: WPG@NJD: Pionk beats Blackwood to tie the game in 3rd

Devils goalie Cory Schneider made 19 saves on 21 shots before leaving with an undisclosed injury 2:41 into the third period. Schneider, who had surgery to repair a core muscle injury in May 2016 and surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left hip in May 2018, was replaced by Mackenzie Blackwood, who allowed two goals on nine shots.

"It's tough trying to find your game while you're trying to hold the fort down," Blackwood said. "It's tough to go in there and try and find it while you're in that situation, but you can only do so much. It could have been better for sure, but that's what tomorrow is for."

Pionk scored the tying goal after the Jets maintained possession in the Devils zone for 2:18.

"We're not looking for the perfect play; we knew that they were tired so we're going to select our shots," Pionk said. "I think it's a fine line. You can't just throw stuff at the net, but at the same time someone's got to go to the net eventually. That was kind of my mindset. We were circling around for a while and I saw Scheifele go in front of the net and I just threw it on net."

Coleman gave the Devils a 2-0 lead on a shot from the slot at 1:42, and Vatanen made it 3-0 on a slap shot from the right point at 12:34. Coleman pushed it to 4-0 with a one-handed wrist shot while falling to the ice at 13:52.

Video: WPG@NJD: Coleman nets outstanding one-handed goal

Gusev scored in his NHL debut with a snap shot from the slot with 2:00 remaining in the first period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.

New Jersey forward Jack Hughes, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, was minus-1 with no points playing 15:12 in his NHL debut.

 

They said it

"I don't really know what I was looking at (in the shootout). I slowed it down a little bit in practice on our goalies, and the feedback is it's pretty tough to stay tall. I gave him a little fake shot and made him bite and then I tried to elevate the puck." -- Jets forward Blake Wheeler

"They pinned us in the zone when we were tired. That happens in hockey. It would have been nice to get the puck out and not get scored on, but it happened." -- Devils forward Jack Hughes on the tying goal

 

Need to know

The Jets won after trailing by four goals for the second time (5-4 in overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 19, 2016). ... Hughes had one shot on goal and won four of nine face-offs. ... Subban had three shots, two hits, and led the Devils playing 26:21. ... There was no update on Schneider's injury.

Video: WPG@NJD: Gusev finishes feed for first NHL goal

 

What's next

Jets: At the New York Islanders on Sunday (Nassau Coliseum; 7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Devils: At the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Video: Jets storm back to defeat Devils in the shootout

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