Laine's 2 goals, 2 assists help Jets beat Wild 5-2

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Patrik Laine is in some great company at the top of the NHL's scoring race after a four-point outing.

Laine scored twice and added a pair of assists as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Thursday night.

The Finnish sharpshooter has 10 points through five games, tying him with Edmonton's Connor McDavid, who had a goal and assist in his team's 4-3 shootout win over New Jersey earlier Thursday. Laine and McDavid have three goals and seven assists, but the Oilers have only played four games.

''I wouldn't be there without my teammates and my linemates,'' Laine said. ''I think they've done a really good job of giving me some great looks and opportunities.

''Like I've said before, I think my goal for the season was to try to work as hard as I can, every night, every day. I think I've been able to do that for the last five games. It's still not quite there, I'm still working as hard as I can, but I don't think I'm playing the way I can. That only shows what I'm capable of, and hopefully going to have a good rest of the season.''

Laine set up Kyle Connor's third-period goal that broke a 2-2 tie.

Jack Roslovic scored 28 seconds after Laine and then Laine finished it off with an empty-net goal.

Blake Wheeler recorded a goal and one assist and Mark Scheifele contributed a pair of assists.

Connor Hellebuyck made 38 saves for the Jets, who won their home opener after starting the season with a four-game trip.

Ryan Hartman and Brad Hunt scored for the Wild, who opened the season with three straight losses for the first time since the expansion franchise started playing in 2000-01.

Devan Dubnyk stopped 27 of the 31 shots he faced for Minnesota, ending a streak of six straight regular-season wins over the Jets, including five last season.

''It's certainly not where we want to be, but I think we're pretty close as a group in here and we're going to find a way out of this,'' Dubnyk said of the team's dubious start.

Minnesota led 1-0 after the first period and the Jets held a 2-1 lead after two.

The Wild had tied it 2-2 with Hunt's high shot through traffic in front of Hellebuyck at 3:09 of the third.

Hartman opened scoring with his first goal of the season at 13:08 of the first period after he tripped up Jets rookie defenseman Ville Heinola, who lost the puck near the slot.

Winnipeg has given up the first goal in all five of its games this season.

Wheeler evened the score at 1:37 of the second period with his third goal of the season. Scheifele battled for the puck along the boards behind the net and fed a pass to Wheeler in front.

Wheeler's goal marked the 700th point of his 865-game NHL career.

Wheeler said he has a plan for Laine, who missed training camp along with teammate Kyle Connor as both sought out new contracts as restricted free agents.

''My goal with him is by the time I'm out of here, he's one of the best forwards in the league, in that conversation,'' Wheeler said of the 21-year-old Laine.

''He's a guy that has a ton of success at a young age. He's been a huge part of our team success and when it doesn't go well and you're a young player, you've got to fight through it. Sometimes your emotions get the better of you and it's hard to realize what you need to do.''

Scheifele set up Laine for his second goal of the season with a cross-ice pass he one-timed past Dubnyk at 9:10 for the 2-1 lead. Wheeler had the other assist.

Minnesota led 31-22 in shots on goal after the middle period.

The goals by Connor and Roslovic were scored during 4-on-4 play. Connor broke the tie at 8:47 with a low shot, and Roslovic scored off a rebound at 9:15.

Laine scored his third goal of the season into an empty net with 2:19 left.

''We're not giving up after three games,'' Minnesota head coach Bruce Boudreau said. ''St. Louis was in third place until January third last year so, I mean, we'll get it together.

''We do a lot of good things right for a lot of the game, we just haven't been able to complete it.''

NOTES: Winnipeg's patchwork defensive corps had Josh Morrissey back after he missed two games with an upper-body injury. ... Veteran blue-liner Dmitry Kulikov also played after skipping the last game for the birth of his second child.

UP NEXT

Wild: Hosts Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Jets: At Chicago on Saturday.

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123T
1012
WPG3-2
0235
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Brodin D00-210/0018:380
R. Donato LW00100/0010:370
M. Dumba D00-110/0025:483
J. Eriksson Ek C01013/3011:332
K. Fiala RW00-110/1015:351
M. Foligno LW01021/0013:525
J. Greenway LW00-110/0015:171
R. Hartman RW10030/0210:240
B. Hunt D10060/0016:460
M. Koivu C00-1512/4016:441
L. Kunin C00-148/9017:103
Z. Parise LW00-210/1017:263
C. Soucy D00110/0213:331
J. Spurgeon D00-450/0020:002
E. Staal C00-225/10016:201
R. Suter D00050/0025:200
M. Zuccarello RW00-100/0214:110
J. Zucker RW00011/0015:112
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
M. Appleton RW00-110/0010:010
A. Bitetto D00-130/0021:365
G. Bourque RW00010/0011:515
K. Connor LW10150/0019:400
A. Copp C01118/8016:580
N. Ehlers RW00-130/0416:190
V. Heinola D00-100/0016:350
D. Kulikov D00-110/0219:060
P. Laine RW22440/0016:418
M. Letestu C00115/3011:020
A. Lowry C00013/3012:114
J. Morrissey D01540/0022:520
M. Perreault LW00-210/0012:050
N. Pionk D01210/0021:142
T. Poolman D00210/0015:420
J. Roslovic RW10-119/3012:431
M. Scheifele C02313/11019:372
B. Wheeler RW11220/2018:072
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
D. Dubnyk (L)3142759:35
GOALIESSA
D. Dubnyk (L)31
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Hellebuyck (W)4023859:40
GOALIESSA
C. Hellebuyck (W)40
Dmitry Kulikov shot on goal (Wrist shot)
LEGEND:GoalsShotsGoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • WPG
      17:41GOAL Patrik Laine (Empty net shot)
    • WPG
      09:15GOAL Jack Roslovic (Backhand shot), Assists: Josh Morrissey and Andrew Copp
    • WPG
      08:47GOAL Kyle Connor (Wrist shot), Assists: Patrik Laine and Neal Pionk
    • MIN
      03:09GOAL Brad Hunt (Wrist shot), Assists: Marcus Foligno and Joel Eriksson Ek
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • WPG
      09:10GOAL Patrik Laine (Slap shot), Assists: Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler
    • WPG
      01:37GOAL Blake Wheeler (Snap shot), Assists: Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • MIN
      13:08GOAL Ryan Hartman (Slap shot)
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • MIN
      07:46Carson Soucy penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • WPG
      07:46Nikolaj Ehlers penalty Interference - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • MIN
      17:25Ryan Hartman penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • WPG
      09:38Dmitry Kulikov penalty Interference - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • WPG
      18:39Nikolaj Ehlers penalty Interference - 2 min.
    • MIN
      04:50Mats Zuccarello penalty Holding - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
MIN
WPG
Shots on Goal4032
Goals in Power Play00
Faceoff Wins3028
Penalties33
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties33
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
MIN
Shots on Goal40
Goals in Power Play0
Faceoff Wins30
Penalties3
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties3
Misconducts0
123T
1012
WPG3-2
0235
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Brodin D00-210/0018:380
R. Donato LW00100/0010:370
M. Dumba D00-110/0025:483
J. Eriksson Ek C01013/3011:332
K. Fiala RW00-110/1015:351
M. Foligno LW01021/0013:525
J. Greenway LW00-110/0015:171
R. Hartman RW10030/0210:240
B. Hunt D10060/0016:460
M. Koivu C00-1512/4016:441
L. Kunin C00-148/9017:103
Z. Parise LW00-210/1017:263
C. Soucy D00110/0213:331
J. Spurgeon D00-450/0020:002
E. Staal C00-225/10016:201
R. Suter D00050/0025:200
M. Zuccarello RW00-100/0214:110
J. Zucker RW00011/0015:112
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
M. Appleton RW00-110/0010:010
A. Bitetto D00-130/0021:365
G. Bourque RW00010/0011:515
K. Connor LW10150/0019:400
A. Copp C01118/8016:580
N. Ehlers RW00-130/0416:190
V. Heinola D00-100/0016:350
D. Kulikov D00-110/0219:060
P. Laine RW22440/0016:418
M. Letestu C00115/3011:020
A. Lowry C00013/3012:114
J. Morrissey D01540/0022:520
M. Perreault LW00-210/0012:050
N. Pionk D01210/0021:142
T. Poolman D00210/0015:420
J. Roslovic RW10-119/3012:431
M. Scheifele C02313/11019:372
B. Wheeler RW11220/2018:072
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
D. Dubnyk (L)3142759:35
GOALIESSA
D. Dubnyk (L)31
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Hellebuyck (W)4023859:40
GOALIESSA
C. Hellebuyck (W)40
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
1012
WPG3-2
0235
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Brodin D00-210/0018:380
R. Donato LW00100/0010:370
M. Dumba D00-110/0025:483
J. Eriksson Ek C01013/3011:332
K. Fiala RW00-110/1015:351
M. Foligno LW01021/0013:525
J. Greenway LW00-110/0015:171
R. Hartman RW10030/0210:240
B. Hunt D10060/0016:460
M. Koivu C00-1512/4016:441
L. Kunin C00-148/9017:103
Z. Parise LW00-210/1017:263
C. Soucy D00110/0213:331
J. Spurgeon D00-450/0020:002
E. Staal C00-225/10016:201
R. Suter D00050/0025:200
M. Zuccarello RW00-100/0214:110
J. Zucker RW00011/0015:112
Total2204030/286-25
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
M. Appleton RW00-110/0010:010
A. Bitetto D00-130/0021:365
G. Bourque RW00010/0011:515
K. Connor LW10150/0019:400
A. Copp C01118/8016:580
N. Ehlers RW00-130/0416:190
V. Heinola D00-100/0016:350
D. Kulikov D00-110/0219:060
P. Laine RW22440/0016:418
M. Letestu C00115/3011:020
A. Lowry C00013/3012:114
J. Morrissey D01540/0022:520
M. Perreault LW00-210/0012:050
N. Pionk D01210/0021:142
T. Poolman D00210/0015:420
J. Roslovic RW10-119/3012:431
M. Scheifele C02313/11019:372
B. Wheeler RW11220/2018:072
Total5803228/306-29
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
D. Dubnyk (L)3142759:35
GOALIESSA
D. Dubnyk (L)31
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Hellebuyck (W)4023859:40
GOALIESSA
C. Hellebuyck (W)40
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

123T
1012
WPG3-2
0235
All times are US/Eastern.