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Elias scores in loss to Jets

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 10:05 PM

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Elias scores in loss to Jets
Winnipeg Jets 3, New Jersey Devils 1
Three Stars of the Game
Evander Kane
Evander Kane
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:56
Ondrej Pavelec
Ondrej Pavelec
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 22-23
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: .962SH: 1-1
Patrik Elias
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:48

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Winnipeg Jets received some needed production from a few of their primary offensive weapons Monday in a 3-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

Mark Scheifele scored his first goal in 25 games, Evander Kane connected for his first goal in 12, and Devin Setoguchi scored into an empty net, his first goal in eight games for the Jets (11-11-4), who opened a six-game road trip through the Eastern Conference.

Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec was stellar earning his first win in four starts. Pavelec made 25 saves, including 10 in the second period, to win his sixth game in 12 appearances against the Devils. Pavelec entered the game 0-2-1 in his previous three starts, allowing nine goals.

Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has lost two in a row after five straight wins. Brodeur, who was pulled in favor of an extra attacker with more than a minute remaining, made 19 saves.

The Devils broke through on Pavelec midway through the third period to pull within 2-1 when Patrik Elias had a marvelous backhand redirect from the high slot. Andy Greene took the shot from the left point that Elias tipped to record his fifth goal of the season and second in two games at 10:44.

The Jets opened a 2-0 lead when Kane scored his seventh of the season 7:16 into the second period. Two seconds earlier, a video replay was needed to determine that a Kane shot attempt was stopped by Brodeur and didn't cross the goal line. Following the stoppage, Olli Jokinen won an offensive-zone draw against Travis Zajac that banked off the half boards to Kane at the top of the left circle. Kane swept a shot short side on Brodeur.

The Devils nearly pared the margin while shorthanded with seven minutes left in the second when Elias took a pass from Adam Henrique and lined a shot that rang off the right post. With less than three minutes left, Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas attempted to line up Kane at the Winnipeg blue line but missed and limped off the ice. Gelinas did return in the third.

Winnipeg opened a 1-0 lead when Scheifele scored his first goal since the season opener from the right hash over the glove of Brodeur at 16:01. Michael Frolik took a pass from Dustin Byfuglien and skated down his left wing before sending a hard pass to Scheifele after crossing the blue line.

Byfuglien, third among NHL defensemen with 20 points, has five goals and eight points in the past five games.

Pavelec, who could be the starting goalie for the Czech Republic at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, made his best save in the first period; with eight minutes remaining he smothered a hard wrist shot by Jacob Josefson from the inside arc of the left circle. Josefson, who does not have a point this season, gained the puck in stride off a feed from Ryan Carter.

scoring summary
1st Period
Mark Scheifele (2) ASST: Michael Frolik (8), Dustin Byfuglien (14)
1 - 0 WPG
2nd Period
Evander Kane (7) ASST: Olli Jokinen (10)
2 - 0 WPG
3rd Period
Patrik Elias (5) ASST: Andy Greene (7), Steve Bernier (3)
2 - 1 WPG
EN - Devin Setoguchi (5) ASST: Bryan Little (12), Dustin Byfuglien (15)
3 - 1 WPG
penalty summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Dustin Byfuglien  Holding against  Adam Henrique
Andrew Ladd  Interference against  Ryan Carter
Dainius Zubrus  Tripping against  Jacob Trouba
Eric Gelinas  Kneeing against  Evander Kane
3rd Period
goalie stats
Ondrej Pavelec
Ondrej Pavelec
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .962SH: 1 - 1
Martin Brodeur
SA: 21TOI: 58:52
Saves: 19EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .905SH: 0 - 0
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