Laine gets 3rd goal in OT to lift Jets over Maple Leafs
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Rookie Patrik Laine completed a hat trick 2:40 into overtime, helping the Winnipeg Jets overcome a four-goal deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Wednesday night.
The confident Finn got the better of his first head-to-head matchup against fellow rookie Auston Matthews, tying the game with 55 seconds left in the third before winning it in overtime. Laine went second overall in the 2016 draft behind Matthews, despite Laine's insistence he should have gone first.
Laine got his third goal with a wrist shot on a 2-on-1 rush. He swooped behind the net with his arms raised after scoring, and his teammates hopped on the ice to celebrate while hats poured down from the stands.
Laine has four goals on the season, tying Matthews and three others for the NHL lead.
Laine scored in overtime right after Matthews was stopped by goaltender Michael Hutchinson at the other end.
Winnipeg was down 4-0 early in the second before getting goals from Tyler Myers, Laine and Mark Scheifele, who made it 4-3 at 6:05 of the third.
Laine tied it on the power play with Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly in the box for cross-checking Scheifele, who also had a pair of assists.
In their season opener against Carolina, the Jets were down 4-1 early in the third and came back to win 5-4 in overtime.
Nazem Kadri scored twice for Toronto and Connor Carrick and William Nylander also had goals. Nylander added an assist.
Hutchinson made 36 saves for Winnipeg and Andersen stopped 29 shots for Toronto.
Carrick opened the scoring at 6:46 of the first off a rebound, and Kadri made it 2-0 with a low shot from the slot at 16:12.
Toronto then used a pair of power-play goals to make it 4-0 early in the second.
Nylander scored with 2 seconds left on a five-on-three power play 6:47 into the second. Kadri followed with his second goal of the game 8 seconds later.
Winnipeg got its own power play in the middle period, but Andersen made three great saves within a few seconds.
A minute after the Leafs' penalty expired, Myers and Scheifele got on a 2-on-1, with Scheifele passing the puck to Myers across the ice in front Carrick for Myers' goal at 13:04 and the 4-1 score.
Laine scored a minute into the third when he took a pass from Byfuglien at the point, turned and fired a wrist shot by Andersen.
Five minutes later, Scheifele blasted a shot past Andersen on the stick side for his third goal of the season.
NOTES: Laine also has one assist for five points in four games this season. Matthews got his first NHL assist Wednesday and has five points in three games.
Jets: Play in Sunday's outdoor Heritage Classic against Edmonton.
Maple Leafs: Travel to Minnesota for a game Thursday.