Manitoba Daily

Monday, December 6, 2021

Scheifele of the Jets scores in 32 seconds of overtime to beat the Kings

Key takaways:

  • L.A.’s seven-game winning streak came to an end with the O.T. loss, dropping them to 8-5-2. 
  • Kings forward Carl Grundstrom levelled the game at 1-1 with a seeing-eye shot from a terrible angle that beat Hellebuyck over the shoulder.

For Winnipeg’s all-time leading scorer, it had been a long time coming.

Mark Scheifele ended a personal scoring drought by scoring 32 seconds into overtime to win the Jets a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night in his eighth match of the season.

In front of 17,776 fans at the Canada Life Centre, forward Nikolaj Ehlers set up Scheifele for his first season goal.

“It felt good,” Scheifele admitted. “Nikky [Ehlers] made a fantastic pass. It was satisfying to put an end to that one. 

It was a slog of a game, but near the conclusion of the third period, we started to step up our game and play a bit more grinding style. In this league, you’ll need to be able to pull those off.”

L.A.’s seven-game winning streak came to an end with the O.T. loss, dropping them to 8-5-2. It also ended the three-game road winning streak.

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The Jets advanced to 8-3-3 on the season with 27 saves on 29 shots by goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.

Kings goalkeeper In the loss, Cal Petersen blocked 20 of 23 shots.

With the Jets shorthanded 13:36 into the third period, Winnipeg defenceman Dylan DeMelo knotted the game 2-2. Andrew Copp, the centre, set him up for a clear shot that went past Petersen. DeMelo’s first goal with the Jets and his first goal since March 21, 2019, with the Ottawa Senators.

Kings fall in OT at Winnipeg; seven-game win streak ends

“It was fantastic,” DeMelo added. “This is a big relief. There was some dissatisfaction. You can’t be counted on to score when you’re on defence, but you still want to contribute, and there’s no feeling like scoring. So it was amazing to get that one, and the timing was key, and it feels great to be able to help in that way.”

At 14:22 of the second half, former Jets forward Brendan Lemieux pounced on the rebound of a shot by centre Blake Lizotte to give L.A. a 2-1 lead.

“There are a lot of buddies over there,” Lemieux remarked, referring to his 53 games with Winnipeg from 2017 to 2019. “It sucks when you go into the third period with a lead and don’t come out with two points.” It may feel like a setback, but we consider this trip a success in the broader scheme of things.

“You’re playing against a talented, offensive-minded hockey team that is playing at home and has been dangerous at home all year, so it’ll be tight, and there will be a few bounces here and there.”

Early in the first period, Kings forward Carl Grundstrom levelled the game at 1-1 with a seeing-eye shot from a terrible angle that beat Hellebuyck over the shoulder.

Early in the game, the Jets took the lead. Kyle Connor, the team’s leading scorer, scored his 11th of the season just 1:59 into the game when he pounced on his rebound following a point shot by Logan Stanley.

“It’s a game that we’re all unhappy in because it got away from us,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “I thought we performed a really strong game, maybe one of the better ones on the road.” 

“We double-checked and found that we were first to a lot of pucks. We had a tremendous amount of tenacity. I believe we had a talented hockey team that was frustrated.

“They had a chance to win thanks to two special situations: one on the power play and won in overtime. So that section is a letdown.”

The Kings return home for the start of a seven-game homestand against the Washington Capitals.

On Tuesday, Winnipeg will play the Edmonton Oilers in the final game of a seven-game homestand.

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