Blackhawks give up 5 in 1st, fall to Jets
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Kyle Connor scored twice to reach 25 goals this season and the Winnipeg Jets rebounded from a quick deficit for a 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
Bryan Little and Jack Roslovic each had a goal and an assist as all four Winnipeg lines produced goals. Joel Armia and Paul Stastny also scored.
Connor Hellebuyck turned away 25 shots in his 36th win, increasing his franchise record for goaltenders.
Patrick Laine extended his club-record point streak to 14 games with an assist on Stastny’s goal. The 19-year-old star has 16 goals and eight assists during that span — most of which came during the Jets’ recent road trip — helping the 2016 second overall draft pick earn NHL First Star honors for a second time this season.
Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp scored for Chicago.
Saad opened the scoring just 11 seconds into the game. Following a much-longer-than-usual video review stemming from a coach’s challenge for a possible offside, the goal stood.
The Jets took over from there with three goals over the next 9:15, chasing Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg as he allowed three goals on six shots. J.F. Berube made 30 saves in 2½ periods of relief.
Winnipeg had been outscored 7-2 in losing its previous two games against Central Division rival Chicago this season.
NOTES: Connor scored his second goal into an empty net. … Laine ranks second in the NHL with 40 goals and leads the league with 18 power-play goals.