Jets score three goals in third period to complete comeback win over Ducks

Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (55) celebrates his goal against the Anaheim Ducks with teammates during third period NHL action in Winnipeg on Sunday, December 4, 2022. (Fred Greenslade/CP)

Morgan Barron and Mark Scheifele scored a pair of quick, late third-period goals to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-2 comeback victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

The game was tied 2-2 when Barron scored at 13:23 and Scheifele followed up with his team-leading 13th goal of the season at 15:12.

Saku Maenalanen and Nate Schmidt each had a goal and assist for the Jets (15-7-1). Dylan Samberg recorded his first NHL goal and Kyle Connor added a pair of assists.

Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for Winnipeg, which is 2-1-0 in a four-game homestand that wraps up Tuesday against the Florida Panthers.

Jakob Silfverberg and Brett Leason scored for the Ducks (6-17-3), whose winless streak stretched to six games (0-4-2).

Anthony Stolarz stopped 35 shots for Anaheim, which was coming off a 5-4 shootout loss to Minnesota on Saturday. 

The Ducks led 1-0 after the first period and it was tied 2-2 following the second.

The Jets struggled to put pucks on the net in the opening period.

Winnipeg had the game’s first power play at 6:20, when the shots on goal were 5-0 in Anaheim’s favour, and the man advantage ended at 6-1.

The Ducks had a pair of power plays and made the second one count.

Hellebuyck stopped a shot by Frank Vatrano but the rebound bounced out to Silfverberg, who slapped the puck into the net at 15:16.

Winnipeg failed to capitalize on a second power play and the opening period ended with Anaheim outshooting the Jets 18-7.

The Ducks went up 2-0 after a Samberg giveaway near centre ice turned into a breakaway for Leason who converted the chance at 5:09 of the second.

The Jets responded with some pressure and were rewarded.

After Scheifele rang a shot off the post, Schmidt sent a puck from behind the net out front to Maenalanen and he put it behind Stolarz at 10:31.

Samberg redeemed himself for his earlier miscue when he tied the score 2-2 with a point shot through traffic at 13:28. Anaheim put in an unsuccessful coach’s challenge for a high stick.

The total shots on goal after the middle frame was 23-22 for Anaheim.

Schmidt finished the scoring with a power-play goal at 19:15.

NOTES

Jets winger Blake Wheeler has been flying in his past five games, collecting 10 points (three goals and seven assists) … Rookie winger Michael Eyssimont was moved to Winnipeg’s top line with Dubois and Connor midway through the second period.

UP NEXT

Jets: Host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Ducks: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. 

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