Ben Chiarot scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:09 left in the third period to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

Mark Scheifele had a power-play score for Winnipeg, and Kyle Connor added an empty-netter to seal the victory. Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves for the Jets, who’ve won three straight in their four-game homestand.

Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (55) celebrates his goal against the Washington Capitals during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele (55) celebrates his goal against the Washington Capitals during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

On the winning goal, Chiarot’s shot beat Capitals goalie Pheonix Copley on the glove side and may have ticked off a Washington player’s stick.

Jakub Vrana scored for Washington, and Copley stopped 21 shots.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) jumps on a loose rebound as Washington Capitals' Lars Eller (20) moves in and Jets' Tyler Myers (57) defends during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) jumps on a loose rebound as Washington Capitals’ Lars Eller (20) moves in and Jets’ Tyler Myers (57) defends during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Capitals were coming off a 5-2 win over Minnesota on Tuesday in the opener of a four-game road trip.

Copley was in net for that win and had to quickly get ready for this game because starter Braden Holtby was a late-day scratch with an undisclosed upper-body injury. University of Manitoba women’s goalie coach Gavin McHale, 31, was tapped to be Washington’s emergency backup.

Winnipeg Jets' Brandon Tanev (13) can't get around Washington Capitals' Jonas Siegenthaler (34) during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
Winnipeg Jets’ Brandon Tanev (13) can’t get around Washington Capitals’ Jonas Siegenthaler (34) during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

It took the Jets almost 13 minutes to get their first shot on goal, but 14 seconds later Vrana used his team’s eighth shot to fire the puck high past Hellebuyck for a 1-0 lead with 7 minutes left in the opening period.

Scheifele scored on the power play at 5:05 of the second, 7 seconds after Alex Ovechkin went to the penalty box for interference. It was his 10th goal.

Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine's (29) shot just goes wide of Washington Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley (1) during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
Winnipeg Jets’ Patrik Laine’s (29) shot just goes wide of Washington Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley (1) during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

The teams went into the game Nos. 1 and 2 in the league on the power play, with the Jets at 34 per cent and the Capitals at 30.3. Winnipeg was 1 for 3 on the power play and the Capitals 0 for 3.

Winnipeg had squeezed Washington’s shot advantage to 20-16 after the middle period. The Capitals had a power play late in the third, but couldn’t solve Hellebuyck.

Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) works his way around Washington Capitals' John Carlson (74) during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
Winnipeg Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien (33) works his way around Washington Capitals’ John Carlson (74) during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

NOTES: Capitals F Evgeny Kuznetsov left the ice in the first period soon after a check to the head by Jets forward Brandon Tanev and didn’t return. … Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler had an assist, extending his point streak to 11 games (two goals, 18 assists). … Scheifele has four goals and three assists in his past three games.

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A Washington Capitals shot bounces off Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) toward the goal line but Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) reached in and stopped the puck on the line during third period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
A Washington Capitals shot bounces off Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) toward the goal line but Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien (33) reached in and stopped the puck on the line during third period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

Capitals: At Colorado on Friday night.

Jets: Host Buffalo on Friday night in the finale of a four-game homestand.

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8) disputes his penalty against the Winnipeg Jets as Jets Dustin Byfuglien (33) looks on during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin (8) disputes his penalty against the Winnipeg Jets as Jets Dustin Byfuglien (33) looks on during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Source: The Associated Press

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