Jets Beat Blackhawks – Scheifele Scores OT Winner

CHICAGO — Mark Scheifele scored 47 seconds into overtime and the Winnipeg Jets rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the winless Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Saturday night for their third straight victory.

Scheifele beat Robin Lehner from high in the slot with a shot that sailed past the goalie’s outstretched glove after taking a pass from Blake Wheeler. Scheifele has a goal and five assists in his last three games.

Andrew Copp and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for Winnipeg, which trailed 2-0 in the first period. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 27 shots.

Connor Hellebuyck Winnipeg Jets
Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Brandon Saad scored short-handed and Brent Seabrook had a power-play for Chicago. Lehner, a Vezina Trophy finalist with the New York Islanders last season and signed to a one-year contract during the summer, finished with 30 saves in his Blackhawks debut as they fell to 0-3-0.

Copp’s easy tap-in goal tied it at 2 with 8:16 left in the third. He was alone at the left edge of the crease and redirected Kyle Connor’s feed from the right side of the net before Lehner could react.

Ehlers pulled Winnipeg to 2-1 with a one-timer on a power play at 7:05 of the second period.

Defenceman Calvin de Haan also made his debut with Chicago after being sidelined with a groin injury and was on the ice when Copp got open to tie it. The 28-year-old also had off-season shoulder surgery and was acquired from Carolina in a multiplayer trade in June.

The Blackhawks eventually couldn’t stop Scheifele and Wheeler, but they did keep their linemate, Patrik Laine, off the board. The 21-year-old Laine entered with 10 points — tied for the league lead — in his first five games after signing a two-year, $13.5 million deal as a restricted free agent less than a week before the start of the season.

Patrik Laine Winnipeg Jets
Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Saad opened the scoring with a short-handed goal 4:02 in as he redirected Ryan Carpenter’s pass between Hellebuyck’s pads to complete a 2-on-1 break.

Seabrook’s power-play goal with 7:23 left in the opening period made it 2-0. After Hellebuyck stopped Duncan Keith’s shot from the left point, Seabrook cut to the slot and fired in a loose luck from a scramble in the crease.

Lehner robbed Scheifele with a sprawling point-blank left pad save with 1:44 left in the second to keep Chicago ahead as the Jets pushed back. Scheifele was alone at the low edge of the left circle when he took a pinpoint cross-ice pass from Wheeler.

NOTES: Chicago LW Brendan Perlini played after sitting out the first two games as coach Jeremy Colliton shook up his lineup and line combinations after two losses. … Blackhawks LW Alexander Nylander and D Slater Koekkoek didn’t dress. … Winnipeg has opened wthe season with five road games in its first six games.


Jets: host Pittsburgh on Sunday in the opener of a six-game homestand.

Blackhawks: Host Edmonton on Monday.


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Matt Carlson, The Associated Press