CHICAGO – The Winnipeg Jets improved to 4-0 against the Chicago Blackhawks this season after a thrilling come from behind victory in the Windy City.
Connor Helleybuck was between the pipes for the Jets Thursday after Ondrej Pavelec started the previous four games.
The Jets opened the scoring on the power play six minutes into the first period. Patrik Laine ripped a one-timer from Bryan Little into the twine for a power-play goal, his first tally back from injury, giving the Jets an early 1-0 lead.
Just thirty seconds later, Jacob Trouba fired a long-range shot from the point that fell to Shawn Matthias, who helped push the puck over the line to double the Jets’ lead in the 1st
Before the period ended Duncan Kieth got a power play marker past Connor Helleybuck to cut the Jets lead in half.’
Four minutes into the second period Chicago’s Nick Schmaltz took it himeself and scorched a wrister over the shoulder of Hellebuyck to even the score at 2. Near the end of the second frame Tanner Kero put the Blackhawks in front with his third of the season.
All hope seemed out the door for the Jets, until the red hot Andrew Copp redireced a shot from Josh Morrissey through the legs of Scott Darling to even the score at 3 late in the 3rd period.
Thirty seconds later Bryan Little unleashed a blistering wrister from the faceoff circle that found the corner to give the Jets a 4-3 lead. Mark Scheifele would put the icing on the cake with an empty net goal, giving the Jets a 5-3 victory.
The Jets head into the all star break with a 23-25-4 record. Rookie sensation Patrik Laine will be representing the Jets at the all star game this weekend.