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Laine has three points, Jets open road trip with win against Sharks

Hellebuyck makes 32 saves for Winnipeg, which scores five unanswered goals

by Ross McKeon / Independent Correspondent

Laine one-time power-play goal

WPG@SJS: Laine one-times cross-ice feed for PPG

Patrik Laine takes a great cross-ice pass from Blake Wheeler that he one-times into the twine for a power-play goal in the 1st period

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SAN JOSE -- Patrik Laine had a goal and two assists, and Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves for the Winnipeg Jets in a 5-1 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Wednesday.

Blake Wheeler had two assists for Winnipeg (15-9-1), which won the opener of a three-game road trip and is 5-1-1 in its past seven games.

"It was a track meet for the first 10 minutes with a lot of breakaways and odd-man rushes," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "We were pretty good after that."


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Melker Karlsson scored for San Jose (13-12-1), which had won three straight games in overtime. Aaron Dell made 21 saves.

"Lifeless is the best word across the board -- 5-on-5, power play, penalty kill," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "We didn't have a response."

Video: WPG@SJS: Scheifele buries nice feed from Connor

San Jose went 0-for-6 on the power play; it is 0-for-13 over the past five games.

"Maybe if we started the game a little simpler and got the momentum with the first couple of power plays, maybe it would have been a different story," Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson said.

It was Hellebuyck's second win against the Sharks this month; he made 51 saves here in a 3-2 win on Nov. 1.

"The puck seems to hit him a lot in this rink lately," Karlsson said of Hellebuyck. "A good game by him, but we didn't make it very difficult. We didn't get enough pucks through and didn't get enough traffic. The few chances we did get, he saw [them] and he made some saves."

Laine tied the game 1-1 with a power-play goal when he one-timed Wheeler's pass at the left face-off dot at 13:15 of the first period. The goal ended the Sharks' streak of 16 consecutive penalty kills over four games.

David Gustafsson scored his first NHL goal at 18:09 of the first. He skated around Karlsson in the neutral zone and beat Dell with a wrist shot from the edge of the left circle to give the Jets a 2-1 lead.

"I didn't see it go in the net, so I was really surprised," said Gustafsson, a second-round pick (No. 60) at the 2018 NHL Draft. "I just heard the guys started cheering, so it's a good feeling."

Mark Scheifele made it 3-1 at 3:29 of the second period before Jack Roslovic gave Winnipeg a 4-1 lead at 14:01, nine seconds after exiting the penalty box. Wheeler fanned on a shot from point-blank range, but Roslovic followed and quickly put it over a sprawled Dell for his fifth goal of the season.

"It was just a good penalty kill," Roslovic said. "I was lucky to come out when I did, to see them get the job done and for me to score on the other end."

Melker Karlsson scored on a breakaway to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 9:28 of the first period.

Kyle Connor scored an empty-net goal at 14:47 of the third period for the 5-1 final.

Video: WPG@SJS: Roslovic pounces on loose puck and scores


They said it

"It might take a few days to get the smile off David Gustafsson's face. We're just happy for him. It's such a big moment in a man's life to score his first NHL goal. His line has been working really hard and they haven't had a lot of chances. Maybe that's the start of building some confidence for him." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice on center David Gustafsson

Video: WPG@SJS: Gustafsson scores first career NHL goal

"I don't know what the answer is. We've got a lot of hockey left to play here in the next two to three weeks. I hope it's not fatigue, but if it is, we've got to rebound. You get what you earn in this league usually, and we didn't do enough to win a game tonight." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer


Need to know

Roslovic shot wide on a penalty shot at 4:59 of the third period. … Connor has three goals and four assists in his past six games. … Sharks forward Tomas Hertl (ankle) missed his fourth straight game. … San Jose forward Logan Couture's seven-game point streak ended.


What's next

Jets: At the Anaheim Ducks on Friday (4 p.m. ET; PRIME, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Sharks: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Friday (4 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Video: Laine tallies three points in Jets' 5-1 vs. Sharks

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