Kevin Hayes scores first goal with Winnipeg Jets in victory over Nashville Predators

Newly-acquired Kevin Hayes scored his first goal with the Jets and added two assists as Winnipeg erased a two-goal deficit to beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Friday night.

Blake Wheeler and Mark Schiefele also had a goal and tacked on two helpers apiece for the Jets (38-22-4).

Kyle Connor and Tyler Myers had the other goals for Winnipeg.

The Jets moved ahead of Nashville (37-25-5) and atop the Central Division standings with the victory.

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Viktor Arvidsson, P.K. Subban, and Mattias Ekholm scored for the Predators, while Ryan Ellis recorded two assists.

Laurent Brossoit stopped 34-of-37 shots he faced, improving his record to 11-4-2 this season. Pekka Rinne made 27 saves in defeat.

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With the win, the Jets avoided losing three consecutive games in regulation.

Arvidsson opened the scoring in the first period, before Subban extended the lead on the power play with a point shot through traffic.

Winnipeg struck twice in a span of 2:33 late in the second period, tying the game 2-2.

Scheifele’s backhand fooled Rinne on the power play for his team-leading 32nd goal of the season, tying a career-high for the 25-year-old. Kyle Connor found the equalizer – his 25th of the season – with 1:39 remaining in the second period.

The Jets’ power play went 1-for-4 while Nashville went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

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The Jets now venture out on a four-game road trip beginning Sunday in Columbus before visits to Tampa Bay, Carolina, and Washington. The Predators wrap up a quick two-game road trip Sunday in Minnesota before completing the home-and-home with the Wild two days later back in Nashville.

The Jets and Predators meet again in Winnipeg on March 23.

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