Kings edge Jets 3-2 Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Anze Kopitar's power play goal 5:52 into the third period was the game winner Tuesday night as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Winnipeg Jets by a 3-2 score.

The Kings centreman took a Drew Doughty feed at the Jet blue line before breaking past defenceman Josh Morrissey and lifted a backhand shot Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck could only get a piece of.

The goal was his 4th of the season and gave the Kings a win to open up a four-game road trip.

Austin Wagner and Kurtis Macdermid also scored for Los Angeles.

Jonathan Quick made 26 saves for the Kings, who moved to 4-5-0 on the season.

Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg.

Kyle Connor also scored for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 38 shots for Winnipeg, who dropped to 5-6-0.

Austin Wagner got Los Angeles on the board at 10:32 of the first when he Kyle Connor tied the contest at 17:07 after Bryan Little got a hold of the puck at the top of the right face off circle before feeding Connor in the slot, who promptly snapped the disc past a shocked Jonathan Quick, beating him blocker side, just under the cross bar.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Los Angeles took the lead 4:16 into the second when Kurtis Macdermid when he hustled out of the penalty box and fired a high shot which handcuffed Hellebuyck before following up on his rebound and beating him with a low shot that crossed the line before he got his right pad on it.

The play continued for 51 seconds before it was determined to be a goal via video review at the next stoppage in play.

The goal was his first of the season.

Nikolaj Ehlers tied the game after tipping a puck past Quick at 12:28 of the second period off a Neal Pionk shot.

The puck changed direction and beat Quick just inside the right post.

Los Angeles took the lead on the power play just under six minutes into the third.

With Carl Dahlstrom off for holding, Anze Kopitar took a feed from Drew Doughty before breaking in on Hellebuyck and lifting a backhand over his glove hand to give the Kings a 3-2 lead at 5:52.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Winnipeg got a late power play with 58 seconds left in the third but failed to score.



Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.