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Patrik Laine gets hat trick, Jets rally for win

Winnipeg scores five unanswered goals in overtime victory against Maple Leafs

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

Laine's hat trick wins it in OT

TOR@WPG: Laine nets hat trick with GWG in overtime

Patrik Laine fires a shot over the shoulder of Frederik Andersen, netting the game-winning goal in overtime and his first career hat trick

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WINNIPEG -- Patrik Laine scored his first NHL hat trick, including the game-winning goal with 2:20 left in overtime, when the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 at MTS Centre on Wednesday.

Laine, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, scored after Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick, was stopped on a breakaway by Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson.

"It was just two against one. I'm better two against one from the other side so I decided to shoot," Laine said of his overtime goal. "It just went right where I wanted it to be. It was an amazing feeling."

It was the first NHL regular-season game between Matthews and Laine.

"It's late in the game in overtime. It's tough to make moves, the ice is a little rough, so I tried [to] slide it in there," Matthews said. "The goalie read it well, and it's 3-on-3, so you get the puck going one way, it's an odd-man rush the other."

Laine scored 1:00 into the third period and with 55 seconds left to tie it 4-4. The Jets scored five goals in a row, three in the third period after trailing 4-1 for the second time this season.

Video: WPG@TOR: Laine fires a PPG, ties game late in the 3rd

Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists, and Tyler Myers scored for Winnipeg. Hutchinson made 36 saves.

Nazem Kadri had two goals, and Connor Carrick and William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs. Frederik Andersen allowed five goals on 34 shots.

Carrick gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at 6:46 of the first period. Kadri made it 2-0 at 16:12. Nylander made it 3-0 at 6:47 of the second period with the Maple Leafs on a 5-on-3 power play. Matthews got his first NHL assist on the goal.

Video: TOR@WPG: Kadri nets his second goal on the power play

Kadri scored his second of the game eight seconds later at 6:55 on the power play.

Myers scored Winnipeg's first goal of the game at 13:04 of the second period.

Laine scored his second NHL goal by spinning off his check and sending a quick shot past Andersen to make it 4-2.

"Those two periods we were playing so bad, I don't know why, including me," Laine said. "You shouldn't let the other guys score four goals and then start to play. The third period was just amazing from us, again."

Scheifele made it 4-3 on his third goal of the season at 6:05. Laine tied the game 4-4 with his second of the game on the power play. 

"It's disappointing," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "Any time you're up, you want to shut the game down and you want to take care of it and keep playing.

"But I thought we didn't stay with it the same way and I thought they got better in the third, and in the end we get what we get."

Video: TOR@WPG: Laine rips a wrister past Andersen


Goal of the game

After Matthews' breakaway was stopped by Hutchinson, Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien picked up the rebound and picked out Laine, who streaked down the right side and sent a wrist shot up and over Andersen's glove hand.


Save of the game

Seconds before Laine's game-winner, Hutchinson denied Matthews on his attempt to go five-hole to win the game for the Maple Leafs after Nylander made a pass to send him on the breakaway.


Unsung moment of the game

Scheifele's goal made it 4-3 and gave the Jets enough time to tie the game.

Video: TOR@WPG: Scheifele snipes home goal, cuts lead to one


Highlight of the game

Laine's overtime goal to complete his first NHL hat trick, which led to a celebration to the left of Andersen's goal as hats rained from the crowd.

Video: TOR@WPG: Laine erupts for first NHL hat trick


They said it

"Two great young players that are going to give their fans reasons to have nights like this over the course of the year and their careers. Starting now. We've just seen brilliance from both of them in the first four games of the season. Lucky for Winnipeg fans and lucky for Toronto fans, they'll get to watch two great young players." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice on Patrik Laine playing Auston Matthews for the first time in the NHL


"He scored three goals. Pretty good. I've seen him a number of times, I know he's a really good player." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on Laine

Video: TOR@WPG: Coach Babcock talks Leafs' effort in OT loss


Need to know

The Jets inducted the "Hot Line" of Anders Hedberg, Ulf Nilsson and Bobby Hull as the inaugural Hall of Fame class during a ceremony prior to the game.

Video: TOR@WPG: Hedberg, Hull, Nilsson honored by Jets


What's next

Maple Leafs: At the Minnesota Wild on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, TSN4, NHL.TV)

Jets: Home against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports 2, NHL.TV)


Video: Laine's hat trick caps Jets' 5-4 comeback win

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