Mark Scheifele had a hat trick to snap a personal seven-game goalless skid and lead the Winnipeg Jets to an 8-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
Scheifele completed the hat trick, the fourth of his career, when he scored on a one-timer on a pass from captain Blake Wheeler at the 9:36 mark of the third period to give Winnipeg a 7-4 lead.
Nikolaj Ehlers also broke out of a five-game goalless streak with two of his own for Winnipeg (11-8-4), while Kristian Vesalainen, Josh Morrissey and Adam Lowry also scored.
Nico Hischier and Ryan Graves both scored to give New Jersey (9-8-4) a 4-3 lead by the 1:16 mark of the second period. Jack Hughes and Damon Severson had first-period goals.
Devils goalie Jonathan Bernier, who made 26 saves on 32 shots, was replaced by Mackenzie Blackwood to start the third period. Blackwood stopped 6-of-8 shots.
WATCH | Schiefele’s hat trick helps Jets double up on Devils:
After blowing a 3-0 lead, the Jets took a 6-4 lead into the third period.
After Hischier and Graves gave New Jersey its brief lead, Ehlers tied the score at 4-4 with his second goal of the game at the 10:39 mark of the second period.
He converted a pass from centre Pierre-Luc Dubois. Andrew Copp, with his 100th career assist, had the other helper.
Morrissey had given Winnipeg a 5-4 lead when his point shot trickled in off a player in front of Bernier. Wheeler and Scheifele assisted.
Scheifele scored his second of the game on the power play with six seconds left in the middle frame. He took a pass from defenceman Neal Pionk, skated the length of the ice and finished it off by beating Bernier.
WATCH | CBC Sports’ Rob Pizzo looks at 9 strange NHL moments:
Scheifele had opened the scoring just 1:52 into the game. He took a pass from Pionk, stickhandled passed the defence, then backhanded a shot over Bernier’s right shoulder.
Vesalainen converted a perfect set up by forward Paul Stastny at the 7:39 mark. Ehlers scored his first of the night when he snapped a shot over Bernier’s left shoulder.
Hughes scored with just 24 seconds left in the opening frame when he pounced on a rebound in front of Hellebuyck. Graves and Dougie Hamilton had the helpers.
Winnipeg will play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday, the same day the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the West Final versus the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Wheeler is scheduled to play his 1,000th NHL game on Sunday,
The Devils return home to host the Ottawa Senators on Monday.