By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on October 12, 2017.
VANCOUVER – Patrik Laine and Tyler Myers scored 3:13 apart late in the second period as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Thursday night.
Josh Morrissey and Nikolaj Ehlers, into an empty net, had the other goals for Winnipeg (2-2-0), while Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves. Bryan Little added two assists.
Daniel Sedin and Christopher Tanev replied for Vancouver (1-1-1), which got 16 stops from Jacob Markstrom.
Tied 1-1 through 20 minutes, Laine brought a sleepy middle period to life with 4:29 left when he took a feed from Little and fired a shot low glove side on Markstrom, who was partially screened by Canucks defenceman Michael Del Zotto.
Jets blue liner Dmitry Kulikov hit the post on the next shift, but Myers eventually stretched Winnipeg’s lead to 3-1 with 1:16 remaining in the period when he finished off a short-handed 2-on-1 rush by ripping a shot past Markstrom’s ear.
Hellebuyck, who stopped 37 shots in the Jets’ 5-2 road victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, got his blocker on a Bo Horvat chance in front earlier in the power play to keep his team up by one.
The Winnipeg netminder made his second straight start after free-agent signing Steve Mason allowed 11 goals on 65 shots in the Jets’ first two games, which they lost by a combined 13-5 scoreline.
Playing with just five defencemen after Alexander Edler left in the first period with a lower-body injury, Tanev scored on a knuckleball from the point with 7:17 left in the third that completely fooled Hellebuyck to get the Canucks to within one.
The hosts pressed for the tie late, but couldn’t find the range before Ehlers scored into an empty net late as Vancouver lost in regulation for the first time in 2017-18.
Canucks winger Brock Boeser, who scored four goals in nine games after signing at the end of last season, made his 2017-18 debut after sitting out Vancouver’s first two games.
The 23rd pick at the 2015 NHL draft led the Canucks in scoring during the pre-season, and got into the middle of the action on a first-period power play.
Boeser found himself all alone in the slot and blasted a shot that Hellebuyck got a glove on before Daniel Sedin banged home the rebound at 7:25.
But the Jets responded just 1:39 later on sequence where Canucks forward Sven Baertschi broke his stick and Vancouver couldn’t clear the zone.
Jacob Trouba fed Morrissey, who threw the puck in front where it deflected off Del Zotto’s skate and past Markstrom.
Markstrom made sure things stayed 1-1 late in the period when he snagged an Ehlers one-time snapshot from below the face-off dot with his glove.
Notes: Daniel Sedin’s goal was the 188th of his career at Rogers Arena/GM Place, putting him alone in first place ahead of Markus Naslund (187). … Vancouver wraps up its all-Canadian four-game homestand to start the season Saturday against the Calgary Flames. Winnipeg plays the first of three at home the same night versus the Carolina Hurricanes.
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