Connor scores OT winner as Jets defeat Golden Knights in return from layoff

Kyle Connor scored in extra time and the Winnipeg Jets held off the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 Sunday of their return from a two-week hiatus.

Mattias Janmark scored twice for Vegas within the third interval, together with a tying aim with 8.1 seconds left, however Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck improved to 4-1-1 profession towards the Golden Knights by stopping 42 photographs.

The Jets hadn’t performed since beating St. Louis 4-2 at residence on Dec. 19 resulting from COVID-19 outbreaks. They hadn’t been on the street since Dec. 10, after they misplaced 4-3 in a shootout at Vancouver.

Jansen Harkins, Kristian Reichel, Andrew Copp and Paul Stastny additionally scored for the Jets.

Michael Amadio and Evgenii Dadonov additionally had targets for Vegas, and Laurent Brossoit made 32 saves.

Connor raced into Vegas’ zone and previous all three Golden Knights earlier than firing a wrist shot previous Brossoit for the winner.

Amadio notched his seventh multi-point recreation, and second of this season, within the first interval with a aim and an help.

Vegas opened the scoring when Zach Whitecloud’s shot from the excessive slot was blocked towards the close to facet, the place Amadio was in excellent place to leap on the puck and fireplace it into an open internet.

Shortly afterward, Amadio led a 2-on-1 rush into Winnipeg’s zone and held the puck lengthy sufficient earlier than sending it throughout to Dadonov, who then despatched a shot off a defender and previous Hellebuyck to present Vegas a 2-0 lead.

The Jets wanted solely 20 seconds to tie it early within the second interval, as Harkins and Reichel took benefit of Vegas’ lackluster effort after the primary intermission.

First, Harkins gathered a cross on the blue line, danced round Vegas’ Chandler Stephenson and into the slot, and wripped a wrist shot underneath Brossoit’s glove. Then Reichel silenced the introduced gathering of 17,888 together with his first profession aim after intercepting a cross close to the underside of the appropriate circle.

Stastny, who performed 121 video games with Vegas from 2018-2020, tipped Josh Morrissey’s slap shot previous Brossoit to interrupt a 2-2 tie early within the third interval, and Copp adopted lower than two minutes later.

Janmark rallied the Golden Knights together with his fifth and sixth targets of the season, the final a deflection of Shea Theodore’s shot together with his skate.