Jets’ Connor scores a hat trick late in the final period to score the winner against the Ducks

Kyle Connor begins to emerge from a mini-crisis.

Connor completed his hat trick by winning the game with 53.5 seconds left to give the Winnipeg Jets a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.

Connor, who scored 47 goals last season, converted a perfect pass from forward Mark Scheifele, beating Ducks goaltender John Gibson for just his fifth goal this year.

« My game wasn’t too far off, » Connor said. « I put a little more emphasis on getting to the net tonight, just being around more pucks there. Some good plays from Scheif [Scheifele] and jokes [Sam Gagner] too.

« So just put yourself in good situations, that’s all you can ask for. I wasn’t too frustrated in the first 10, 12, 13 games there. »

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Connor’s hat trick lifts Jets over Ducks

Kyle Connor records his third career hat trick as Winnipeg defeats Anaheim 3-2.

Winnipeg head coach Rick Bowness credited Connor for having a quiet start to the season.

« It’s persistence, » Bowness said. « That’s what goalscorers do. A goalscorer gets frustrated for two reasons – one, he doesn’t have a chance… The other part is you have chances and he doesn’t come in. Anyway way, you have to stay in the fight.

« Give Kyle a lot of credit for staying in the fight tonight and really all year. He never stopped getting those chances…He’s got one of the best outings in the league, without any doubt. He’s one of the best skaters. Eventually it has to come and it came at the right time for us tonight. »

Trevor Zegras, who tied the score at 2-2 for Anaheim, blamed himself for the game winner.

« We played a good 59 minutes, » he said. « I make a bad play on the wall and my guy misses going in front of the net and the game is over. I would say it’s a bit on me. There have been good things, bad things. It’s getting old , It’s certain . »

« It’s really heartbreaking, » added Ducks coach Dallas Eakins. “We played a very good team game on the road. We stood there, rocking, with one of the best teams in the league right now. And we missed a puck game and a missed mission. [in] the last minute and it cost us. »

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 of 31 Jets shots (10-4-1) in front of 14,278 fans at Canada Life Centre.

Troy Terry also scored for Anaheim (5-11-1). Gibson made 29 saves in the loss.

Zegras tied the score at 2-2 just 28 seconds after Connor gave Winnipeg a 2-1 lead in the third period. Adam Henrique placed Zegras, who lifted the puck over Hellebuyck.

Connor scored after taking a pass behind Gagner’s net at 14:15 into the third period.

The Jets tied the game at 1-1 on the power play at 12:32 of the second period. With Ducks defenseman Dmitry Kulikov in the box for tripping, Connor pounced on a Pierre-Luc Dubois rebound to the side of the net and sent the puck over Gibson’s shoulder and into the net.

Anaheim opened the scoring midway through the first period. On a delayed penalty on Winnipeg’s Neal Pionk, Terry fired a shot from inside the blue line that eventually bounced off a masked Hellebuyck.


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