Mark Scheifele scored twice, including 50 seconds into overtime, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
Scheifele dug the puck out from behind the net, skated around the side and beat Corey Crawford for his 20th goal of the season. He has four goals and seven assists during a four-game point streak, including goals in each of the last three games.
The Blackhawks trailed 3-2 before Erik Gustafsson drove a one-timer from the slot past Laurent Brossoit with just 7.5 seconds remaining in the third. Gustafsson returned to the lineup after missing two games due to an illness.
Patrik Laine and Mathieu Perreault also scored as Winnipeg leapfrogged idle Nashville for the top spot in the Western Conference. Blake Wheeler collected two more assists to run his team-high total to 37, second in the league behind Colorado star Mikko Rantanen.
The Jets (21-9-2) won for the eighth time in nine games overall as they continue one of their busiest stretches of the season. They were coming off a 5-4 overtime victory at Edmonton on Thursday night, part of a stretch of 12 games in the first 22 days of December.
Jonathan Toews scored twice for last-place Chicago (10-19-5), which lost for the ninth time in 10 games. Crawford finished with 38 saves.
But Winnipeg recovered in overtime, handing another loss to Chicago. The Blackhawks also lost 6-3 at Winnipeg on Tuesday. They have dropped their last four against the Jets overall.
The game was tied at 2 when Perreault hopped out of the penalty box, got a pass from Scheifele and beat Crawford on the stick side with 17.2 seconds left in the second period. The forward extended his goal-scoring streak to three games with his sixth of the season.
The Blackhawks got a power-play chance in the third when Dmitry Kulikov was sent off for hooking at 16:25. But the NHL’s worst power play came up empty, and Chicago lost the man advantage when John Hayden was whistled for high sticking 48 seconds after Kulikov’s penalty.
Brossoit had 34 stops for Winnipeg, which equaled its longest win streak of the season.
The Jets jumped in front after Toews was sent off for hooking 13:37 into the first. Schiefele got a cross-ice pass from Wheeler and drove a one-timer by Crawford for the power-play goal.
After Toews got the lead for Chicago with his two goals, continuing his comeback season, Laine tied it at 2 when he beat Crawford stick side with a wicked wrist shot 15:56 into the second. Laine also scored in the victory over the Oilers and leads the Jets with 23 goals.
NOTES: Blackhawks C Artem Anisimov (concussion protocol), D Gustav Forsling (shoulder) and D Brandon Davidson (right knee surgery) participated in the morning skate. … The Jets activated D Joe Morrow (lower body) from injured reserve. … Blackhawks D Jan Rutta cleared waivers and was assigned to Rockford of the AHL.
Jets: Host Tampa Bay on Sunday night.
Blackhawks: Host San Jose on Sunday night.
Source: The Associated Press