My­ers scores win­ner as Jets beat Canucks

For­mer Rock­ets’ short­handed goal lifts Win­nipeg to vic­tory

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VAN­COU­VER (CP) — Pa­trik Laine and Tyler My­ers scored 3:13 apart late in the sec­ond pe­riod as the Win­nipeg Jets downed the Van­cou­ver Canucks 4-2 on Thurs­day.

Josh Mor­ris­sey and Niko­laj Eh­lers, into an empty net, had the other goals for Win­nipeg (2-2-0), while Con­nor Helle­buyck made 31 saves. Bryan Lit­tle had two as­sists.

Daniel Sedin and Chris Tanev replied for Van­cou­ver (1-1-1), which got 16 stops from Ja­cob Markstrom.

Tied 1-1 through 20 min­utes, Laine brought a sleepy mid­dle pe­riod to life with 4:29 left when he took a feed from Lit­tle and fired a shot low glove side on Markstrom, who was par­tially screened by Canucks de­fence­man Michael Del Zotto.

Jets blue­liner Dmitry Ku­likov hit the post on the next shift, but My­ers even­tu­ally stretched Win­nipeg’s lead to 3-1 with 1:16 re­main­ing in the pe­riod when he fin­ished off a short­handed 2-on-1 rush by rip­ping a shot past Markstrom’s ear.

Helle­buyck, who stopped 37 shots in the Jets’ 5-2 road vic­tory over the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers on Mon­day, got his blocker on a Bo Hor­vat chance in front ear­lier in the power play to keep his team up by one.

The Win­nipeg net­min­der made his sec­ond straight start af­ter free-agent sign­ing Steve Ma­son al­lowed 11 goals on 65 shots in the Jets’ first two games, which they lost by a com­bined 13-5 score­line.

Play­ing with just five de­fence­men af­ter Alexan­der Edler left in the first pe­riod with a lower-body in­jury, Tanev scored on a knuck­le­ball from the point with 7:17 left in the third that com­pletely fooled Helle­buyck to get the Canucks to within one.

The hosts pressed for the tie late, but couldn’t find the range be­fore Eh­lers scored into an empty net late as Van­cou­ver lost in reg­u­la­tion for the first time in 2017-18.

Canucks winger Brock Boeser made his 2017-18 de­but and recorded an as­sist.

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