Scheifele adds goal, assists as Winnipeg Jets hand Boston Bruins third straight loss

Mark Scheifele scored once and added a pair of assists as the Winnipeg Jets handed the Boston Bruins their third straight loss with a 4-3 victory on Thursday.

Nikolaj Ehlers scored the game-winner with seven minutes remaining in the third period after defenceman Jacob Trouba made it 4-2 early in the period.

Charlie Coyle cut Winnipeg’s lead to 4-3 with 2:56 left, but the Bruins couldn’t tie it up with an extra attacker.

Blake Wheeler had a goal and assist for the Jets (41-25-4) and Patrik Laine contributed two assists.

Charlie McAvoy and Joakim Nordstrom also scored for the Bruins (42-20-9) and David Krejci added two assists.

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Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves for Winnipeg, which moved three points ahead of Nashville for first place in the Central Division.

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Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots for the Bruins, who were without injured defenceman Torey Krug (upper body).

The Jets ended a two-game losing skid and are 5-5 in their last 10 games.

Winnipeg’s top line of Laine, Scheifele and Wheeler did the early damage, giving the home team a 2-0 lead in the opening period that turned into a 2-2 contest midway through the second.

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Wheeler scored his 20th goal of the season 1:08 into the first off a rebound after Laine’s one-timer hit the crossbar.

Laine found Scheifele rushing to the net on the power play and sent him a pass for his career-high, team-leading 33rd goal of the season at 11:24. Scheifele had been held off the scoresheet the previous four games.

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McAvoy’s high shot at 17:23 cut the lead to 2-1 and Nordstrom tied it up at 10:00 of the second when he banged in a rebound behind a sprawled Hellebuyck.

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The Jets had a chance to go ahead with their second power play of the game a few minutes later, but Laine twice hit a post.

Boston had outshot Winnipeg 30-19 after two periods.

Winnipeg wraps up a three-game homestand Saturday against Calgary. Boston hosts Columbus on Saturday.

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