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Connor, Jets rally past Golden Knights for OT victory

Wins it at 3:22 after assisting on two goals in third; Perreault scores twice for Winnipeg

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Connor nets overtime winner

WPG@VGK: Connor completes Jets’ comeback in OT

Kyle Connor receives a drop pass from Patrik Laine and freezes Malcolm Subban before beating him five-hole to give the Jets a 4-3 overtime win

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LAS VEGAS -- Kyle Connor scored 3:22 into overtime, and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

Mathieu Perreault scored twice, Connor had two assists, and Laurent Brossoit made 23 saves for Winnipeg (8-7-0). The Jets were coming off a 3-2 win at the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

"Every game is a little different," Connor said. "We know we can do that; we've done that a couple of times. We've just got to get to that game for a full 60 minutes. We're a pretty scary team. If we defend well and don't give up much, that's where we're going to get our offense."

 

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The Jets have won three of their past four (3-1-0) and went 2-1-0 on their three-game road trip.

Winnipeg forward Patrik Laine had an assist and seven shots on goal in 19:32 after missing the previous two games with a lower-body injury.

Jonathan Marchessault, Max Pacioretty and Nate Schmidt scored for the Golden Knights (8-5-2), who lost their second consecutive game after leading by two goals (5-4 in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday). Malcolm Subban made 35 saves.

Video: WPG@VGK: Perreault redirects Bourque's shot by Subban

"We played 30 minutes well, and we played 30 minutes not good, and that's just not going to be good enough," Schmidt said. "I know we get points, and that's all fine and dandy and everything, but it's just not good enough when you have two-goal leads and both our goaltenders have played as well as they have the last couple of games. It's really frustrating as a group to have that happen."

Perreault scored at 2:19 of the first period to give the Jets a 1-0 lead.

The Golden Knights scored three unanswered goals to end the first period. Marchessault scored a power-play goal at 4:51 to tie it 1-1. Pacioretty gave Vegas a 2-1 lead at 7:00 for his first goal in six games, and Schmidt made it 3-1 at 8:30.

"I think in those back-to-backs, sometimes the first periods are always the toughest one," Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. "Once you get a sweat going and get back into the pace of the game, typically if you get out of that first period, you're in good shape. That's the toughest part. Obviously, 3-1 after one isn't where we wanted to be, but 40 minutes, still a lot of time and obviously we've shown the ability to fight back this year."

Perreault scored his second of the night on the power play off a pass from Connor to cut the Vegas lead to 3-2 at 10:02 of the third period.

"That was a big one," Connor said of the goal. "I think we've been struggling a bit on the power play, that's no secret (22nd in the NHL at 15.7 percent). That was a pretty big goal for us."

Video: WPG@VGK: Perreault tips in PPG for second of game

Mark Scheifele scored 3:15 later on a pass from Connor to tie it 3-3 at 13:17.

 

They said it

"Stay in the fight. We all know what's going on in the league in terms of the comeback game. But on back-to-back nights after we get down to five defensemen after the first period, that was a pretty gutsy effort." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice

"That's what we deserve. I think in that third period, we just played way too safe, sat back way too much and just let them come to us and gave them too much time and space. Eventually, they have so much [offensive] zone time they're going to get a goal or they're gonna get a chance and they did." -- Golden Knights center Paul Stastny

Video: WPG@VGK: Pacioretty scores after slick feed by Stone

 

Need to know

Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch left the game at 2:10 of the second period after taking a hit from Jets forward Adam Lowry. Tuch missed the first 13 games of the season with an upper-body injury sustained in a preseason game Sept. 27. Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant did not have an update. … Jets defenseman Tucker Poolman left the game at 18:49 of the first period with an upper-body injury. Maurice did not have an update. … Winnipeg defenseman Neal Pionk led all skaters with 29:04 of ice time. ... Jets forward Bryan Little had his point streak end at four games (two goals, three assists). … Lowry had three shots on goal in 11:50 in his first game since serving a two-game suspension for boarding Calgary Flames defenseman Oliver Kylington during the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Oct. 26. ... Subban started in place of Marc-Andre Fleury (illness). … Golden Knights center William Karlsson had two assists, giving him five points (three goals, two assists) in his past four games. … Vegas forward Mark Stone had an assist, giving him 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 11 games.

Video: EA Overtime Game Winner: Kyle Connor wins it in OT.

 

What's next

Jets: Host the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, MSG, NHL.TV)

Golden Knights: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

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