Gabriel Vilardi picks on ex-team as Jets top Kings

Gabriel Vilardi picks on ex-team as Jets top Kings

Gabriel Vilardi produced a goal and three assists against his former team and the visiting Winnipeg Jets rallied for a 5-2 victory Wednesday over the Los Angeles Kings.Nikolaj Ehlers and Mark Scheife

Gabriel Vilardi produced a goal and three assists against his former team and the visiting Winnipeg Jets rallied for a 5-2 victory Wednesday over the Los Angeles Kings.Nikolaj Ehlers and Mark Scheifele each scored two goals for the Jets, who came back from a two-goal deficit. It was the first career four-point game for Vilardi, who was acquired from the Kings in a June trade.Ehlers added two assists and Scheifele had one helper.Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for the Jets, who won for the fifth time in six games. Winnipeg was without Kyle Connor (17 goals, 28 points) for the second consecutive game because of a knee injury that is expected to sideline him at least six weeks.Anze Kopitar and Alex Laferriere scored goals for the Kings, who are on a season-worst, three-game losing streak (0-2-1). Cam Talbot stopped 24 shots for Los Angeles, while Pierre-Luc Dubois had an assist against his former team.The Kings won their first 11 road games, but they are just 5-5-3 at home.Los Angeles took a 1-0 lead in the first period. Kopitar found a loose puck in front of the Jets’ goal and scored his 11th of the season, his team-leading fourth power-play goal.Laferriere made it 2-0 at 12:29 of the opening period. He took a shot from a sharp angle to the right of goal and saw the puck bounce off Hellebuyck’s helmet for his third of the season.

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