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Winnipeg Jets sweep three-game series with Senators, open homestand with 6-3 win over Ottawa

Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (55), Blake Wheeler (26) and Paul Stastny (25) celebrate Stastny's game winning goal against Ottawa Senators goaltender Marcus Hogberg (1) during third period NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday, January 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS / John Woods

Paul Stastny, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler each had three-point nights in a 6-3 Winnipeg Jets win over the Ottawa Senators at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg late Saturday night.

Both players scored a goal and added two assists in the Jets’ win (4-1-0), their third consecutive victory over the Senators (1-3-1). Andrew Copp also added a pair of goals, while Wheeler had three assists.

Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for Winnipeg.

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Evgenii Dadonov, Brady Tkachuk and Nick Paul each scored a goal for Ottawa in the loss.

Senators goalie Marcus Hogberg made 32 saves in the loss, while Connor Hellebuyck made 18 saves for the Jets.

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Ehlers opened the scoring with 5:57 left to play in the first period with a power play goal. Ehlers quickly fired a shot past Hogberg after receiving a pass from defenceman Neil Pionk. Adam Lowry also picked up an assist on the goal.

The Senators’ offence woke up in the second period with three goals. Dadonov tied the game a little over four minutes into the period. It was the Russian’s first as an Ottawa Senator.

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Connor would later give the Jets the lead once more, scoring his fourth of the season to make it 2-1. Scheifele and Wheeler each picked up an assist on the goal.

Tkachuk then tied the game with 8:46 to go in the second. He retrieved a backhand pass from Austin Watson with a Winnipeg Jet draped behind him. Tkachuk would then spin around and fire on net, beating Hellebuyck between his legs.

Paul gave the Ottawa Senators their first lead of the game with over five minutes to play. Paul fired a shot into the top-right corner of the night for his second goal of the season.


Copp then tied the game in the early stages of the third. Paul Stastny handled the puck in the offensive zone Before passing the puck to Copp, who redirected the puck towards goal but hit the post. Copp would immediately bury the puck into the back of the net.

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The Jets would take the lead on a power play goal from Stastny with 4:15 left to play. Prior to the goal, Senators forward Derek Stepan lifted the puck out of play and was later called for a delay of game penalty. Stastny would soon take advantage with his first goal of the season.

Copp added a fifth goal for the Jets seconds later as he whacked at the puck several times in front of Hogberg, eventually earning his second of the night.

Stepan fired a puck from distance to put his team within one, but the goal was reviewed and eventually waved off after a Senators player was offside.

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The Jets would eventually put it out of reach thanks to an empty-net goal from Scheifele with 2:09 to play in the third.
Winnipeg will be back in action Sunday night against the Edmonton Oilers.

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The Anchor Products pre-game show with Kelly Moore kicks off at 6 p.m. on 680 CJOB, and Paul Edmonds and Jaimie Thomas bring the call of the game at 8 p.m.

Ottawa will play the Vancouver Canucks Monday night.

NOTES: Earlier on Saturday, the Jets acquired centre Pierre-Luc Dubois and a 2022 third-round draft pick from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for winger Patrik Laine and centre Jack Roslovic…Blake Wheeler’s assist on Kyle Connor’s second period goal was the 500th of his career.

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