Jets score in rapid-fire second period, beat Devils


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Mathieu Perreault and Mark Scheifele scored less than 2 minutes apart early in the second period, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 Tuesday night.

Michael Frolik added a goal late in the third to seal the victory.

Perreault got Winnipeg started with his first of the season as he backhanded a high shot past Cory Schneider at 1:54 of the second. Scheifele flicked in linemate Adam Lowry’s rebound at 3:38 for his third goal.

Patrik Elias narrowed it to 2-1 on a power play just more than a minute into the third. He beat Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson, who made 21 saves.

Jaromir Jagr (c.) and the Devils are swarmed by the Jets in the second period.Bruce Fedyck/USA Today Sports
Jaromir Jagr (c.) and the Devils are swarmed by the Jets in the second period.

The Jets entered as the third lowest-scoring team in the NHL. Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice juggled his lines and it seemed to generate a little more offense.

Both teams looked a little flat in the first period but it was the Jets, with just one night off in the last four, who found energy in the second.

The Devils last played Saturday and were outshot 23-9 by the end of the second. Veteran star Jaromir Jagr had the best chance of the period.

At 42, Jagr is the oldest player in the NHL and he leads the Devils in scoring with nine goals and 12 points.

The Jets continued to struggle on the power play, squandering five opportunities.

The Devils got more dangerous as the third period drew to a close, but Hutchinson made some great saves and it was Frolik who scored off another shot by Lowry at 16:07.

New Jersey had 13 shots in the third to 12 for the Jets.


In their first meeting this season, the Jets had to settle for a point when the Devils tied the game in the final minutes of the third and won 2-1 in a shootout. … Schneider started his pro career in Winnipeg as a member of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.

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