Mark Scheifele scores hat trick to lead Jets to Devils – .

Mark Scheifele scores hat trick to lead Jets to Devils – .

WINNIPEG – Mark Scheifele had a hat trick to break a personal seven-game scoreless record and led the Winnipeg Jets to an 8-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
Scheifele won his fourth career hat trick on Friday night to lead the Winnipeg Jets to an 8-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Canada Life Center on Friday night.

“We had a tough time in hockey,” said Scheifele. “We weren’t happy with our game. But when you do the right things over and over, make it simple, good things happen. I think tonight was just one example of that. “

Scheifele completed the hat trick when he scored on a catch on a pass from captain Blake Wheeler at 9:36 of the third period to give Winnipeg a 7-4 lead. Wheeler assisted on two of Scheifele’s three goals as the Jets’ offense came to life after a long period of drought.

“We were able to rest, we were able to have new legs and you saw that tonight a lot of the guys had a little more pop in their walk,” said Scheifele. “Having so much free time is huge after playing the number of games we’ve played in such a short time. We have used this to our advantage. “

Nikolaj Ehlers also came off a five-game scoreless streak with two of his own for Winnipeg (11-8-4), while Kristian Vesalainen, Josh Morrissey and Adam Lowry also scored. Goalkeeper Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves for the win.

“That (two goals) obviously means a lot,” Ehlers said. “You want to help the team in any way you can and a lot of guys have managed to score a point on a goal.

“Scoring points is fun, it’s no secret. But I think overall we played a game that gave us a chance to win and we deserve it. “

Nico Hischier and Ryan Graves both scored to give New Jersey (9-8-4) a 4-3, 1:16 lead of the second period. Jack Hughes and Damon Severson scored in the first half.

“Obviously good since we won the game, but it never should have come to this,” Ehlers said. “I think after 3-0 we stopped playing and gave them time and space to make their plays. “

Devils goaltender Jonathan Bernier, who made 26 saves on 32 shots, was replaced by Mackenzie Blackwood early in the third period. Blackwood stopped 6 of 8 shots.

After losing a 3-0 lead, the Jets took a 6-4 lead in the third period.

“We were down 3-0, we fought hard,” said Devils coach Lindy Ruff. “The first eight minutes (of the second period) were fair for all of us. Did a little fatigue strike us? Yes.

“Is it always frustrating to work so hard and not be able to close the deal?” We had all kinds of opportunities to come back, but we didn’t make the deal. “

After Hischier and Graves gave New Jersey a brief lead, Ehlers tied the score at 4-4 with his second goal of the game at 10:39 of the second period. Andrew Copp, with his 100th career assist, contributed to the goal.

“We need to clean up our D area,” Hischier said. “There’s no way in this league you can win hockey games if you score that many times, and that’s what happened today. So, we absolutely have to clean up. “

Winnipeg will host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday, the same day the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Western final against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Wheeler is set to play his 1,000th NHL game on Sunday,

The Devils return home to host the Ottawa Senators on Monday.


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