NHL
Complete – March 24, 2016 – 8:00 PM ET – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba – Attendance: 15,294 – Duration: 2 Hours, 23 Minutes
Officials
 
Linesman #94 Bryan Pancich
Linesman #56 Mark Wheler
Referee #25 Marc Joannette
Referee #34 Brad Meier
Boxscore
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WIN0134
LA0101
Skater Stats
POSplayerSHgappgshg+/-pimtoi
LWMilan Lucic30000-2017:54
LWDwight King00000-2013:17
LWTanner Pearson100000213:09
LWAndy Andreoff100000011:32
LWKyle Clifford100000211:04
CAnze Kopitar21010-2020:16
CJeff Carter60100-2017:53
CTyler Toffoli20000-1014:31
CNick Shore20000-2013:30
CTrevor Lewis400000012:10
CNic Dowd100000012:07
CVincent Lecavalier00000000:00
RWDustin Brown60000-2414:53
RWKris Versteeg00000000:00
DDrew Doughty00100-1023:49
DJake Muzzin20000-3021:18
DAlec Martinez00000-2020:59
DBrayden McNabb20000-1020:30
DLuke Schenn10000-1017:40
DRob Scuderi000000015:44
DJamie McBain00000000:00
Skater Stats
POSplayerSHgappgshg+/-pimtoi
LWNic Petan100000012:07
CAlexander Burmistrov100001019:05
CMark Scheifele202002218:16
CMarko Dano300000013:42
CAndrew Copp100000013:41
CAdam Lowry110001012:29
CBryan Little00000000:00
CMathieu Perreault00000000:00
CChase De Leo00000000:00
RWDrew Stafford210001016:53
RWNikolaj Ehlers000002016:38
RWBlake Wheeler202002016:27
RWJoel Armia100001016:00
RWChris Thorburn200001211:42
RWMatt Halischuk101001011:25
RWJC Lipon00000000:00
RWScott Kosmachuk00000000:00
RWAnthony Peluso00000000:00
DDustin Byfuglien310002025:39
DJacob Trouba101001022:06
DMark Stuart000002020:12
DBen Chiarot000002217:40
DPaul Postma210001016:27
DJulian Melchiori100000014:56
DTyler Myers00000000:00
DToby Enstrom00000000:00
Goalie Stats
POSplayerShotsGoalsSavesSV%TOI
GJonathan Quick2332086.9659:44
GJhonas Enroth00000:00
Goalie Stats
POSplayerShotsGoalsSavesSV%TOI
GOndrej Pavelec3413397.0659:48
GMichael Hutchinson00000:00
Period 1
timeteamdetailLAWIN
0:40
Penalty on Mark Scheifele: 2 minutes for Slashing
3:41
Penalty on Kyle Clifford: 2 minutes for Delay of game
18:09
Penalty on Tanner Pearson: 2 minutes for Holding
Period 2
timeteamdetailLAWIN
2:26
Penalty on Dustin Brown: 4 minutes for High Sticking – Double Minor
8:38
Penalty on Ben Chiarot: 2 minutes for Roughing
9:25
Goal scored by Anze Kopitar (Power Play)
Assisted by: Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty
10
14:55
Penalty on Chris Thorburn: 2 minutes for Roughing
18:20
Goal scored by Adam Lowry
Assisted by: Matt Halischuk and Jacob Trouba
11
Period 3
timeteamdetailLAWIN
0:15
Goal scored by Dustin Byfuglien
Assisted by: Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele
12
2:54
Goal scored by Paul Postma
Assisted by: Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler
13
18:02
Goal scored by Drew Stafford (Empty Net)
14
Kings fall in Winnipeg to end winless trip

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien — he of the booming slap shot that really shook things up Thursday night — says the Winnipeg Jets will not go quietly.

Byfuglien’s wicked point drive just 15 seconds into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and sparked the Jets to an unlikely 4-1 triumph over the faltering Los Angeles Kings at the MTS Centre.

The laser beam from just inside the blue line near the wall eluded goaltender Jonathan Quick, whose view of the shot was likely blocked when Jets right winger Nikolaj Ehlers cruised in front of him.

It was Byfuglien’s 17th tally of the season.

“It just shows that we care,” Byfuglien said. “We want to win, and we’re not quitting.”

Less than three minutes after the Jets took the lead, Winnipeg blue-liner Paul Postma picked up the puck at almost the same spot, spun and hammered a slap shot that beat Quick low to the stick side with Jets right winger Blake Wheeler parked in front. The goal was Postma’s second of the season.

Winnipeg right winger Drew Stafford sealed the deal with his 20th goal of the season into an empty net with less than two minutes left.

The Jets (31-37-6), still last in the Central Division, wrapped up a four-game homestand 2-1-1.

The Kings (44-25-5) failed to pick up a point on a three-game road trip that included losses to Nashville and Minnesota.

While the postseason is not in the cards for the Jets, Stafford said the club won’t just sleepwalk through the final eight games.

“We’re still playing for pride. We’re playing to build character in here,” he said. “It’s all about building for next year at this point for us. It’s habits. We could have easily folded up tonight against a team like that that was really bringing it to us.”

Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who posted his first shutout of the season Tuesday in a 2-0 victory over Vancouver, was just as brilliant against Los Angeles in a 33-save performance

“We followed (Pavelec’s) lead,” Stafford said. “The way he was playing kept us in the game. We were able to get some timely goals by some guys, so a win at this point of the year, it helps the cause.”

Pavelec said a gutsy victory against one of the NHL’s most powerful squads is something to build on.

“You play for pride, you play for the fans, you play for our name,” he said. “It is what it is. We put ourselves in this situation. Nobody feels sorry for us. And I think, again, win the game against a team like that, I think that’s pretty good for us.”

Quick turned aside 20 shots for the visitors.

Kings center Anze Kopitar opened the scoring midway through second period. With the Jets killing a penalty, he whipped in his 25th goal of the season.

Winnipeg center Adam Lowry tied the game at 18:20 of the middle frame with his seventh goal and second in as many games.

Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty said the Kings’ inability to clear the front of the net led to the third-period collapse.

“There was traffic definitely in front (of Quick),” Doughty said. “He couldn’t see them, and that’s why they went in.”

The Kings, who still lead the Pacific Division but are just three points ahead of the Anaheim Ducks, head home to face the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

“You can’t be losing three games in a row at any time throughout the season,” Doughty said. “It’s really frustrating that we did this, and we need to fix things. And we need to get winning hockey games, because right now we’re blowing our spot at the top of the division and near the top of the conference.”

Kings center Jeff Carter said, “It’s definitely not what we expected coming into this trip. These are games that we could have separated ourselves a little bit. We got to get going here. We’re running out of games, and you can’t get to the playoffs and then flip a switch. We’ve got a lot of work to do in the next couple of weeks.”

NOTES: Kings LW Tanner Pearson returned to the lineup Thursday after missing Tuesday’s game in Minnesota for personal reasons. Los Angeles sat out RW Kris Versteeg (lower body), C Vincent Lecavalier (undisclosed) and D Jamie McBain (healthy scratch). … Winnipeg D Tyler Myers has been shelved for the rest of the season. He had knee surgery Thursday but also needs hip surgery that will require nearly five months of recovery time. The 26-year-old played all 73 games for Winnipeg this season, registering nine goals and 27 points. Winnipeg D Toby Enstrom also had knee surgery this week and is out for the season as well. RW Anthony Peluso (upper body), RW JC Lipon (upper body), C Mathieu Perreault (upper body), RW Scott Kosmachuk (healthy scratch) and C Chase De Leo (healthy scratch) did not dress. … Los Angeles C Anze Kopitar (plus-32) entered Thursday’s play leading the league in the plus/minus category, but he was a minus-2 at Winnipeg. … The teams meet once more this season — the last day of the regular season, April 9 in Los Angeles.

Jets 4, Kings 3 (SO)

LOS ANGELES — Mark Scheifele scored the lone goal in a shootout, allowing the Winnipeg Jets to rally from a three-goal deficit for a stunning 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles on Saturday before a sellout crowd of 18,449 at Staples Center.

The loss prevented the Kings (48-28-6) from clinching the Pacific title and their first division crown since winning the Smythe in 1990-91. They need a loss by Anaheim in Washington on Sunday to claim the Pacific.

Blake Wheeler’s goal — his 26th of the season — at 3:21 of the third knotted the score 3-3 and wiped a commanding advantage by the Kings.

Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec recorded 26 saves for the Jets (35-39-8), who haven’t beaten the Kings in regulation since Dec. 8, 1999, when they were the Atlanta Thrashers and earned a 4-0 victory. Jonathan Quick stopped 28 shots for the Kings.

The Kings avoided falling in overtime, when Ben Chiarot had a point-blank attempt stuffed by Quick just before the horn.

Tyler Toffoli put the Kings up 1-0 at 9:18 of the first period. Toffoli fielded a pass near the front of the net from Jeff Carter and punched the puck by Pavelec for his club-leading 31st goal of the season. For Carter, the assist tied his career best of 38.

Tanner Pearson made it 2-0, converting a cross-ice pass from Milan Lucic and rushed past Pavelec at 13:29 of the first. It was Pearson’s 15th goal.

In the second period, Andy Andreoff scored unassisted on a wraparound for a 3-0 Kings’ lead at 6:05. It was his eighth goal.

However, the Jets scored a pair of goals late in the second to cut the deficit to one. Nic Petan dropped a pass to Andrew Copp, who smoked a shot past Quick with 2:54 remaining for his seventh goal and Nikolaj Ehlers followed with his 15th with 41 seconds left.

Wheeler, who assisted on Ehlers’ goal, extended his career-long point streak to 11 games.

NOTES: Jets RW Blake Wheeler passed Zach Bogosian for 10th place on the franchise’s all-time games played list with 394. … Kings C Jeff Carter has 11 points in his last eight games. … Winnipeg has won five straight against Pacific Division clubs, beating the Vancouver Canucks, the Kings, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles again. The Jets are 5-1-1 in their last seven against the Pacific. … Winnipeg scratched RW Anthony Peluso, RW Matt Halischuk, C Bryan Little, D Toby Enstrom RW J.C. Lipon, D Tyler Myers, D Brenden Kichton and C Mathieu Perreault. For Los Angeles, C Nick Shore, D Alec Martinez, D Kevin Gravel and C Nic Dowd were unavailable. … The two clubs split their previous contests at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre. The Jets won 4-1 on March 24, while the Kings prevailed 4-1 on October 27.


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