WINNIPEG - Evander Kane scored twice as his line caught fire Friday night, leading the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in the Jets home opener.
Matt Greene, Jeff Carter and Justin Williams scored for the Kings (1-1-0), who came on strong in the first period, outshooting the Jets 18-7, with goalie Ondrej Pavelec keeping the Jets alive.
They flagged in the second and third, after playing back-to-back road games but found new life when Carter scored their second goal.
Olli Jokinen, Kane's linemate Devin Setoguchi and Bryan Little also scored for the Jets (2-0-0). Blake Wheeler had a goal called back in the second because the net was off its moorings.
Failing to control the puck in their own zone cost both the Jets and Kings in the first period, although the Kings put on most of the pressure, outshooting the Jets 18-7.
Greene was first to score, firing one in off Dustin Byfuglien after intercepting Byfuglien's failed attempt to clear the puck from in front of the net.
But then Kane tied it up by dumping it in from the other side of the blueline, catching it on the rebound off Greene and sending it high past Jonathan Quick's glove.
Kane's linemates of Mark Scheifele and Setoguchi picked up assists. The line accounted for most of the pressure and scoring chances the Jets created in the first period.
It was the Jets who came on strong in the second.
Wheeler scored what could have been the go-ahead goal on a power-play, except that the L.A. net was off its moorings. It took a call to Toronto by the officials but the goal was disallowed.
Instead, it was Jokinen who put the Jets ahead at 12:54 of the second when he lifted Michael Frolik's rebound high to the right side of the net as Quick went low to the left.
Jets coach Claude Noel juggled his third line Friday night, putting Jokinen between Eric Tangradi and Frolik, who scored a pair in the Jets opener in Edmonton.
Then Kane scored his second of the night on a power play and Setoguchi made it 4-1 when Quick managed to stop Kane's rush and Setoguchi swept behind the net and stuffed it in the other side.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter put Ben Scrivens in net.
Carter scored the Kings' second goal of the night at 11:01 of the third, a few seconds into a power play from a tripping penalty called against Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba.
The Jets were ahead on shots until last six or seven minutes of the third when the Kings found new life after Carter's goal.
Williams brought the Kings within one on the power play at 15:44 when he caught the left corner of the Jets' net from the faceoff circle but Little sealed the win with a breakaway into an empty net with 47 seconds left.
Notes: This was only the second time the Jets have played the Kings. Their first, in 2011 and also at MTS Centre, was settled in overtime when Evander Kane made it 1-0. Now that the Jets are in the Western Conference, they will meet L.A. three times, the next Mar. 6.