Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Laine Completes First Career Hat-Trick with OT Winner vs. Leafs

It was dubbed as the battle of No.1 and No.2 draft picks in the 2016 NHL draft, and it lived up to the hype in pretty much every way.

Patrick Laine scored with 55 second left in the game to tie it, then tallied again on two-on one just moments after Auston Mathews was stopped by Michael Hutchinson to give the Jets a dramatic 5-4 comeback win at MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

Despite a slow start in the first seven minutes, the Leafs were the better team through the first two periods and opened up a 4-0 lead behind two goals from Nazem Kadri and a goal and an assist from William Nylander.

But the Jets began chipping away late in the second when Tyler Myers scored on a pretty one-timer off a feed from Mark Scheifele.

Laine's first goal, a gorgeous turnaround roof job that Frederik Andersen had no chance on, closed the gap to 4-2 a minute into the third and Scheifele pulled the Jets to within one with a goal at 6:05 of the third.

With the Jets pressuring and Morgan Rielly in the box for crosschecking late in the third, Nikolaj Ehlers intercepted an errant clear from Connor Carrick, made a pretty fake and then found Laine open in his favorite spot at the top of the right circle. The 19-year-old Finn buried a one-timer into the open net, setting the stage for further heroics in the overtime.

And a whole lot of bedlam in Winnipeg.

Matthews was held to a single assist in the game, but he did have a team-high seven shots. The Leafs fall to 1-0-2 but remain undefeated in regulation. The Jets improve to 2-2-0.