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Home Team in Caps
WINNIPEG 5, Toronto 4 (OT)
Detroit 2, NY RANGERS 1
LAINE’S FIRST CAREER HAT TRICK LEADS JETS TO COMEBACK WIN…
The Jets rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the second period led by Patrik Laine’s first career hat trick – including the game-tying goal with 55 seconds remaining in regulation and the game-winning goal in overtime – to earn a victory in their final game before the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Jets came back from a four-goal deficit to win for the first time in Jets/Thrashers franchise history. Winnipeg also rallied from a three-goal deficit in their season-opening contest to secure a 5-4 OTW vs. CAR. Elias adds the Jets are the first team in NHL history to come back from a deficit of at least three goals to win in two of their first four games of a season.
* Per Elias, at 18 years, 183 days, Laine became the youngest player in franchise history to record a hat trick (previously Ilya Kovalchuk: 19 years, 235 days, on Dec. 6, 2002 at WSH).
* Elias adds Laine is also just the fourth rookie in the last ten years to record a hat trick that includes an overtime winner, following Alex Ovechkin (3-0—3 w/ WSH on Jan. 13, 2006 at ANA), Jordan Staal (3-0—3 w/ PIT on Feb. 10, 2007 at TOR) and Michael Grabner (3-0—3 w/ NYI on Feb. 13, 2011 at BUF).
* Per Elias, Laine is the first player in franchise history to score a tying goal in the final minute of regulation AND score the overtime winner in the same game.
MUST SEE: Right after Maple Leafs forward and No. 1 selection in the 2016 NHL Draft Auston Matthews (0-1—1) was stopped on a breakaway in overtime, Laine (No. 2 overall in 2016) rushed the puck the other way to score the winning goal and complete the hat trick.
…FOCUS SHIFTS TO 2016 TIM HORTONS NHL HERITAGE CLASSIC
The Jets now focus their attention on the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, where they will host the Oilers in an outdoor game at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg on Sunday, October 23. Schedule (all times local):
Friday, October 21
11:45 a.m. – Jets Alumni Practice at MTS Centre
12:35 p.m. – Oilers Alumni Practice at MTS Centre
2:00 p.m. – NHL Heritage Classic Alumni Media Event at MTS Centre
Saturday, October 22
10:30 a.m. – Oilers Team Practice at Investors Group Field
12:00 p.m. – Jets Team Practice at Investors Group Field
3:00 p.m. – Alumni Game at Investors Group Field
Sunday, October 23
2:00 p.m. – 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field
* Click here for an update on preparations for the event including a time laps of the rink build.
Jets forward Mark Scheifele (1-2—3) and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (0-2—2) also recorded multi-point games in the comeback win… Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek (1-0—1) has recorded 3-3—6 in his first four games with the club… Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (1-0—1) has 2-3—5 in his first four games with the team… New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaardtook in the Rangers-Red Wings game… The Jets inducted the “Hot Line” of Anders Hedberg, Bobby Hull and Ulf Nilson – who were part of two championship teams with the Jets in the World Hockey Association – as the first three members of the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame…Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky will be at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York City on Thursday for a book signing.
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
New Jersey @ Boston, 7 p.m., NESN, MSG+
Anaheim @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m., CSN-PH, PRIME
San Jose @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., ROOT, CSN-CA
Arizona @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., SN360, RDS, FS-A
Colorado @ Tamp Bay, 7:30 p.m., SUN, ALT
Washington @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, CSN-DC
Toronto @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., FS-N, FS-WI, TSN4
Los Angeles @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., FS-SW, FS-W
Carolina @ Calgary, 9 p.m., SNF, FS-CR
St. Louis @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., SNOL, FS-MW
Buffalo @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., SN360, MSG-B NBC Sports Channel Finder Sportsnet Channel Finder NHLN Channel Finder