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National Hockey League
Winnipeg 2, New Jersey 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 10, 2022
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Referees: Marc Joannette, Frederick L'Ecuyer
Linesmen: Kyle Flemington, Derek Nansen
Attendance: 12377

Kyle Connor scored the go-ahead goal on a breakaway late in the second period to lift the visiting Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night in Newark, N.J.

Eric Comrie gave workhorse goaltender Connor Hellebuyck a breather and made 33 saves to win his fourth straight start. Comrie was victorious in his lone appearance while playing with the Devils last season.

Defenseman Brenden Dillon also scored a goal Thursday as the Jets won their second consecutive contest and fourth in their past six games (4-1-1).

New Jersey's Jack Hughes scored a power-play goal late in the first period to extend his home point streak to 13 games (nine goals, 12 assists). Hughes trails only two-time Stanley Cup winner Patrik Elias (17 games, 1999-2000) for the longest such run in franchise history.

Nico Daws turned aside 28 shots for the Devils, who saw their modest two-game winning streak end.

New Jersey's Jesper Bratt lost control of the puck in the offensive zone, and Connor used his speed to keep trailing defenseman Ryan Graves in his rear-view mirror. Connor then backhanded the puck under the crossbar to give the Jets a 2-1 lead with 54 seconds remaining in the second period.

Connor's goal was his team-leading 35th of the season and sixth in his past seven games.

Comrie made the slim advantage hold up by denying Pavel Zacha on a 3-on-1 rush early in the third period.

Mark Scheifele led a 2-on-1 rush before lifting a saucer pass to Dillon, who scored his second goal of the season to give Winnipeg a 1-0 lead at 3:22 of the first period.

Hughes buried a one-timer following a cross-ice feed from Bratt to forge a tie at 1-1 with 1:33 remaining in the period. Hughes' 18th goal of the season extended his point streak to three games (one goal, four assists).

Before the game, the Devils honored Travis Zajac for playing in 1,000 NHL games. The Winnipeg native actually accomplished the feat against the Washington Capitals on Feb. 21, 2021.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Winnipeg   New Jersey
Kyle Connor 1 Points Jack Hughes 1
Kyle Connor 1 Goals Jack Hughes 1
Mark Scheifele 1 Assists Jesper Bratt 1
N/A Power Play Goals Jack Hughes 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Eric Comrie .971 Save Percentage Nico Daws .933
Eric Comrie 33 Saves Nico Daws 28
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Winnipeg 30 2 0-2 2-3 6 28
New Jersey 34 1 1-3 2-2 4 17
Upcoming Games
  • New Jersey will play their next game at home against Anaheim. The Devils have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .378 after a loss.
  • Winnipeg will play their next game on the road against NY Islanders. The Jets have a W/L % of .480 after a win and .424 after a loss.