October 11, 2019 / 3:10 AM / 3 days ago

Laine, Jets jolt winless Wild

EditorsNote: update 2: fixes to “for the first time” in third graf

Oct 10, 2019; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman (38) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Patrik Laine collected two goals and two assists, and Connor Hellebuyck made 38 saves to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

Blake Wheeler scored and set up a goal, Kyle Connor and Jack Roslovic each tallied in the third period, and Mark Scheifele added two assists for Winnipeg, which snapped a six-game, regular-season losing streak against Minnesota.

Ryan Hartman and Brad Hunt each scored a goal for the Wild, who have opened the season with three straight regulation losses for the first time in franchise history. Devan Dubnyk finished with 27 saves.

Minnesota seized a 1-0 lead in the first period on Hartman’s first goal with the Wild. Hartman poked the puck off the stick of 18-year-old defenseman Ville Heinola to the left of the crease and quickly fired a shot past Hellebuyck’s stick side. It marked the fifth straight time that the Jets allowed the first goal of the game.

Winnipeg forged a tie early in the second period on Wheeler’s third goal of the season off a backhand pass from behind the net by Scheifele. It was the 700th point of Wheeler’s NHL career.

The Jets secured a 2-1 lead midway through the middle period after Laine’s one-timer off a pass from Wheeler from the top of the left circle sailed inside the near post.

Minnesota tied it at the 3:09 mark of the third period. Hunt carried the puck into the right circle and fired a wrist shot past a Marcus Foligno screen into the far corner for his first goal of the season.

But Winnipeg took a 4-2 lead midway through the period on goals by Connor, off a nice setup from Laine, and Roslovic, who tapped in a rebound of a Josh Morrissey shot inside the right post just 28 seconds later.

Minnesota pulled Dubnyk with 2 1/2 minutes remaining, and Laine sealed the win with an empty-net goal.

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