Mark Scheifele has shootout winner, Jets beat Kings 3-2
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Adam Lowry enjoyed watching Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele team up to lift the Winnipeg Jets to another victory on Sunday.
The Jets’ scoring duo each found the back of the net in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings, with Scheifele netting the decisive goal against Peter Budaj.
Dwight King scored against Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck in the shootout.
“Patrik’s goal really displays the puck skills he has, and then Scheif’s (goal) with his quick release there,” said Lowry, who had a goal and an assist in regulation. “Those are two huge goals and they’re always fun to watch.”
Laine, the rookie who was leading the NHL in goals with 11 heading into the game, faked a shot on Budaj and then beat him through the pads. Scheifele, who was leading the NHL in points with 20, slowed down in front of the goalie and then sent a wrist shot by him on his blocker side.
The Jets are 3-0-1 in their last four games and 8-7-2 overall. The Kings have lost three straight to drop to 7-8-1.
“Both teams are coming off tough travel (and) back-to-back games,” said Kings coach Darryl Sutter, whose club was playing its fourth game of a five-game trip. “If you look at the end of it, we didn’t give up a 5-on-5 goal. You usually win those games.”
Kings forward Kyle Clifford was called for a boarding major in the first period for a hit that sent Jets forward Kyle Connor into the boards head-first. Lowry and Marko Dano took advantage with power-play goals.
Connor left for the dressing room, but returned for the second period.
Sutter sarcastically said Clifford deserved the penalty-box time.
“I totally agreed with it, it was a great call,” Sutter said. “I thought they’d give like a 10-minute power play. In today’s two-referee system, you’re just hoping for one really good one all of the time.”
Tanner Pearson scored in the first period for Los Angeles, and defenseman Tom Gilbert tied it midway through the third. Kings forward Jordan Nolan took out a defender in the corner and skated alone around the back of the net before sending a pass to Gilbert out front.
Los Angeles took a power play into overtime after Scheifele was called for tripping with 1:28 left. The Kings also finished overtime with the man advantage when Laine was called for tripping with 37 seconds left.
Hellebuyck and Budaj each made 27 saves.
NOTES: Winnipeg scratched injured defenseman Tyler Myers and forward Alexander Burmistrov. ... The Kings were without injured captain Anze Kopitar and goalie Jeff Zatkoff. ... The Kings were 0 for 5 on the power play.
Los Angeles: The Kings end their five-game trip in Colorado on Tuesday night.
Winnipeg: The Jets host Chicago on Tuesday night.