Jets aim to build on three-game win streak vs. Kings

Jets aim to build on three-game win streak vs. Kings

After a late, two-goal rush secured a comeback victory at Anaheim on Tuesday, the Winnipeg Jets could have floated to their next stop in Southern California for a matchup at the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.Nikolaj Ehlers scored the game-tying goal against the Ducks with 1:20 remaining, then scored again a mere 19 seconds later to give the Jets the improbable 4-3 victory. It was the third consecutive victory for Winnipeg after a 0-2-1 start to the season.In the case of the Kings, if their charter-flight landing from their 0-3-1 road trip was bumpy, it would have only been fitting. The Kings ended the trip with consecutive defeats at St. Louis, getting outscored by a combined 10-3 in the process.The Jets already are making their second visit to the Los Angeles area after opening the season with a 4-1 defeat at Anaheim. Now they will play at Los Angeles for the first time since a victory there Nov. 30, 2019.Only twice in franchise history have the Jets trailed in the final two minutes and won, previously doing it in 2004 when they were the Atlanta Thrashers. The last NHL player to pull off the trick by himself, before Ehlers, was the Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews in 2015.”It just shows that we don’t quit in that room,” Ehlers said. “We keep going. We came back and (won), so that’s very exciting for us.”Evgeny Svechnikov scored his first goal as a member of the Jets after sporadic play with the Detroit Red Wings the past four seasons, while Pierre-Luc Dubois extended his points streak to five games with an assist.Andrew Copp scored his fourth goal and has given the team solid production with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler both in COVID-19 protocol.The Kings are missing some key talent as well. Los Angeles was down to five defensemen in Monday’s 3-0 loss to the Blues after Sean Walker left with a knee injury. The Kings have been without star defenseman Drew Doughty after a knee-to-knee hit Friday at Dallas.Doughty delivered a goal and six assists through the first four games, while Anze Kopitar had six goals and nine points through the first four games, but the Kings are just 1-4-1 to open the season.

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