Scheifele, Laine each score No. 13 as Jets edge Devils 3-2
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Patrik Laine took his teammates' advice and it paid off with an end to his six-game goal drought.
The rookie scored his 13th of the season with a high wrist shot past New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider, helping the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.
''People told me in the second intermission that I should try blocker (side),'' Laine said. ''It was the first shot, blocker, and it goes in.
''I was obviously relieved. It was a good goal. I had some pretty good scoring chances in the second period and I just couldn't score. It was an amazing feeling to get that goal and help my team to win.''
Mark Scheifele also scored his 13th of the season and captain Blake Wheeler had the other goal for the Jets. Scheifele added an assist to give him a team-leading 26 points.
Devils rookie Miles Wood, with his first NHL goal, and Nick Lappin supplied the offense for New Jersey. Wood also had a penalty shot but failed to convert.
Connor Hellebuyck made 23 saves in his fifth straight start for Winnipeg (11-12-2), which has won five straight at home.
Schneider stopped 26 shots for the Devils (10-7-5), who had earned at least a point in each of their previous three games (1-0-2).
Devils coach John Hynes called his players a ''resilient group.''
''The thing is, you don't want to be down in games, chasing games, but I think the belief in how we play and that we can come back is important,'' Hynes said.
New Jersey outshot Winnipeg 7-6 in the scoreless first period, which featured shots from both teams that rang off the post and others fired just wide of the net.
Winnipeg had a two-man advantage for 1:41 early in the second and sent two shots at Schneider. A couple of others clanged off the post.
The Jets made up for it with a pair of goals 2:01 apart, with Scheifele scoring at 11:20 and Wheeler beating Schneider off a rebound at 13:21.
Wood had a penalty shot after being taken down by Dustin Byfuglien on the way to the net, but whiffed on his opportunity.
''It was cool to hear the crowd boo me all the way down,'' Wood said. ''It's something I'll never forget.''
Wood made up for his botched attempt with a shot fired through Hellebuyck's pads at 2:52 of the third.
Laine's wrist shot went high past Schneider to make it 3-1 at 4:47.
''He has a heck of a shot,'' Schneider said. ''It might have ramped off my defenseman's stick there. It's just kind of how it has been going lately. I felt I had a bead on it, and it just changed direction slightly.
''That's all it takes for me right now. It's just something that I have to work through.''
Scheifele enjoyed his view of Laine's ''great shot.''
''I was pretty much right behind him and you pretty much can't see it, so it's a pretty special shot,'' Scheifele said.
Lappin closed the gap to one goal 3 minutes later off a rebound.
The Devils had a power play with 8:09 left in the third, but couldn't capitalize. Schneider was pulled with 1:45 remaining.
NOTES: Jets center Bryan Little returned to the lineup after missing 23 games with a lower-body injury sustained a few shifts into the team's season opener on Oct. 13. He also missed the final 25 games last season because of a fractured vertebrae. ''I thought he was excellent. Better than I expected,'' Wheeler said. ''That first shift, I kicked one to him in the (defensive zone) and he took off like a bat out of hell. He was flying tonight. It's pretty exciting to have him back in the lineup.'' ... Winnipeg forward Marko Dano left in the first period and didn't return after taking a stick in the face from Kyle Quincey of the Devils. Jets coach Paul Maurice said the stick caught Dano near his eye and the team would know more after he sees a doctor. ... Winnipeg was up 22-14 on shots on goal after the second period.
Devils: Travel to Chicago for the third game on a four-game road trip Thursday.
Jets: Finish up a three-game homestand Thursday against Edmonton.