WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Andrew Copp had the go-ahead score in Winnipeg’s four-goal third period, and the Jets rallied to beat the Blackhawks, 5-2, on Sunday night.
Copp gave Winnipeg a 3-2 lead when he beat Corey Crawford up high from in close with 6:33 left after taking a perfect pass from forward Jack Roslovic.
“I just tried to make a quick move and go upstairs,” Copp said. “Great, great pass by Jack.”
Kyle Connor had a pair of goals, and Blake Wheeler and Patrick Laine also scored for the Jets, who trailed, 2-0, after the first period. Connor, with his team-leading 28th goal, and Laine added empty-net goals late to secure the two points.
Dominik Kubalik and Brandon Saad scored for the Hawks.
Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves for the Jets, who won their third straight, while Crawford stopped 33 shots for the Hawks.
Only 16 seconds after Hawks captain Jonathan Toews went off for hooking in the third, Wheeler took a pass from defenseman Neil Pionk and snapped the puck past Crawford to tie it at 2.
Kubalik scored 15 seconds into the game when he converted a pass from behind the net from Drake Caggiula.
The Hawks were all over the Jets for most of the first period, making it 2-0 when Saad finished a pass from Patrick Kane on Hellebuyck’s doorstep. Hellebuyck, who stopped Toews on a breakaway, had no chance on either goal.
“We need to play all 60 minutes,” Saad said. “We know how big the game is. Just because we started off well, we obviously took our foot off the gas. They scored a nice shorthanded goal and kind of took it to us the rest of the game.”
Toews recorded his 800th NHL career point but was focused on the end result.
“That’s a nice stepping-stone, nice to get a big number like that here in my hometown of Winnipeg, but unfortunately, we couldn’t get the two points,” Toews said. “We were looking good the first shift of the game. I thought it was going to be one of those nights, but I think they bounced back and obviously played their best late in the game.”
Note: Winnipeg will induct Thomas Steen and Randy Carlyle into its Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.
Hawks: at Edmonton on Tuesday night.
Jets: host the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
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