SEATTLE (AP) — Mark Scheifele scored 54 seconds into overtime on Sunday night, capping a dramatic comeback as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Seattle Kraken 3-2. Scheifele’s goal was his second of the evening. He also scored in the second third.
SEATTLE (AP) — Mark Scheifele scored 54 seconds into overtime on Sunday night, capping a dramatic comeback as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Seattle Kraken 3-2.
Scheifele’s goal was his second of the evening. He also scored in the second third.
Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler forced overtime with 3.9 seconds left by slamming in a loose puck from the top of the crease while the Jets held a 6-for-4 advantage while goalie David Rittich was on the bench and Seattle’s Carson Soucy sent to the penalty box for roughing with 25.2 seconds remaining. It was Wheeler’s fourth goal of the season and the 300th goal of his career.
“It was nice to get a good jump and get a reward,” Wheeler said. “The team played well so it would have been a shame to leave here without anything. That’s the key to not losing faith in the power play and the special teams.”
Rittich made 16 saves.
Jordan Eberle and Brandon Tanev scored for the Kraken. Goalie Martin Jones, making his 400th start in the NHL, made 28 saves.
Josh Morrissey fielded the overtime winner. He ran down the left flank and headed for center, and Scheifele hit Jones from the low slot to the lower right for his 10th of the season.
“I was pretty exhausted,” said Scheifele. “I don’t know if I had my legs most of the night but what a fantastic pass. It was an incredible pass and I was lucky to be a part of it.”
Jets coach Rick Bowness said, “We didn’t think of it that way, but we’re definitely going to take it.”
Tanev scored his third goal in four games midway through the third period to give Seattle a 2-1 lead. He now has four for the year. Eberle scored a power play in the first third, his fourth.
Scheifele’s goal was also in the power play in the middle of the second round to equalize 1-1.
The penalty against Soucy, which hit Pierre-Luc Dubois from behind, was the Kraken’s third of the third period and eighth of the evening.
“We put ourselves in a position to win the game and three small penalties (in the third) is probably the standout,” said Seattle coach Dave Hakstol. “If you do that in the third third to the last 30 seconds, that’s a tough way to finish a hockey game. Eight penalties are too many.”
Both teams had long penalties to end. Winnipeg had killed 14 in a row in front of Eberle’s goal. Seattle had 18 killed right in front of Scheifele’s goal. … The second-year Kraken played in alternate jerseys for the first time in franchise history. Dubbed “reverse retro,” it has ice blue as its main background rather than the usual home dark blue… …Eberle’s 5-on-3 goal was the first for the Kraken this season and the first to be allowed by Winnipeg. … Eberle also put in another one at 7:03 in the third, but it was disallowed because of a high stick. … Seattle goalie Jones is now one of 13 active goalies with 400 NHL starts. … The Kraken are still winless in four all-time games against Winnipeg.
Jets: host Anaheim on Thursday night.
Kraken: hosts the New York Rangers on Monday night.
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