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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.
—Field Level Media