Laine scores twice, Jets beat Stars to tie for Central lead

DALLAS — Michael Hutchinson wasn’t concerned when Dallas’ Tyler Pitlick scored in the first 10 seconds of the Winnipeg goalie’s first game in 25 days. “The first goal’s not that important,” Hutchinson said. “We have 59 minutes and 50 seconds to come back and get another one. We were able to battle back.” The Jets didn’t need that much time on Saturday night. They scored five goals in the second period and went on to beat the Stars 5-3. Patrik Laine scored two goals and Dustin Byfuglien had three assists in the period. “I thought Dustin Byfuglien was the best player on the ice tonight,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. “He knocked some pucks down, broke up so many plays and then the offensive part of his game is the best hockey I’ve ever seen him play.” Winnipeg moved into a tie with Nashville atop the Central Division. The Jets have outscored opponents 29-12 in winning five of their last six. Hutchinson, who has won both of his NHL starts this season, finished with 33 saves. “He made some really good saves,” Maurice said. “He gave us a chance to win the game tonight with his play. That’s what you ask from those guys.” Byfuglien assisted on the first three goals, by Nikolaj Ehlers, Toby Enstrom and Mark Scheifele. On the fourth, assists went to Ehlers and the goalkeeper. It was the first assist of Hutchinson’s 101-game career. Ehlers started Winnipeg’s scoring and finished it with assists on Laine’s goals…. [Read full story]

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