Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice in the final 80 seconds, both in a 19-second span, as the Winnipeg Jets pulled out a 4-3 victory over the host Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.
The deciding goal, with 1:01 left, came off a shot from the top of the right circle. Ehlers had tied the game moments earlier after the Jets pulled goalie Connor Hellebuyck for an extra attacker.
Ehlers collected his first two goals of the season while Andrew Copp, who won two key faceoffs before the final two goals, had a goal and two assists. Evgeny Svechnikov also scored a goal for Winnipeg, which won its third straight game. Hellebuyck made 32 saves.
Trevor Zegras and Sonny Milano each had a goal and an assist while Josh Manson also scored for Anaheim. John Gibson finished with 21 saves.
The Jets took a 1-0 lead at the 2:07 mark of the second period on Svechnikov’s first goal of the season. The score was set up on a backhand pass by Pierre-Luc Dubois from the right wing into the low slot, where Svechnikov fired a wrist shot into the top left corner of the goal.
Anaheim tied it less than three minutes later. Zegras stole the puck from Nate Schmidt along the left boards and then whipped a cross-ice pass to Milano in the right circle. Milano one-timed a shot through Hellebuyck’s pads for his first goal of the season.
The Ducks took their first lead of the game at the 1:39 mark of the third period on Manson’s first of the season, a shot from the right point that deflected off the glove of Dubois in front of the crease and under Hellebuyck’s glove.
Winnipeg tied it 2-2 a few minutes later when Copp took a pass from Paul Stastny at the bottom of the right circle and fired a wrist shot over Gibson’s left shoulder for his fourth goal of the season.
The Ducks then regained the lead midway through the period. Milano stole the puck from Dubois in the right corner behind the Jets’ goal and then backhanded a pass to Zegras cutting down the slot. Zegras fired a wrist shot over Hellebuyck’s glove for his first of the season.
Winnipeg pulled Hellebuyck for an extra attacker with 1:45 to go, and Ehlers tied it 25 seconds with a sharp-angle shot from the bottom of the left circle over Gibson’s right shoulder.