WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Andrew Ladd, Mark Scheifele scored power-play goals 2:36 apart in the first period and beat the Nashville Predators 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Blake Wheeler added an empty-net goal to seal the win for the Jets (7-5-1). Winnipeg has won three straight and five of six, improving to 3-3 at home.
Filip Forsberg scored Nashville’s (7-3-1) only goal to bring the Predators within 2-1 late in the second period.
The Jets set a franchise record for the amount of time between goals allowed.
With back-to-back shutouts in New York and Chicago, Winnipeg had gone 161 minutes, 17 seconds without giving up a goal until Forsberg scored at 16:17 of the second period.
It was his fourth goal and 12th point this season. Winnipeg hadn’t been scored on since Oct. 30 in New Jersey.
Nashville beat the Jets 2-0 in Winnipeg on Oct. 17 in their first home game this season.
The first period was all Jets. Their goaltending and penalty-killing helped them come out with a win.
Ladd scored his fifth of the season when he redirected Dustin Byfuglien’s blast from the blue line past Carter Hutton to make it 1-0 at 2:53 of the first. Bryan Little earned his fifth assist of the season.
Scheifele slipped a wrist shot through traffic to make it 2-0 just 5:29 in, with assists going to Wheeler and Evander Kane.
The Predators called a timeout to give Hutton a break. The Predators rested Pekka Rinne and started backup Hutton for the second time this season.
Forsberg put the Predators on the scoreboard in the second just after Winnipeg gave up its first power play. Forsberg’s shot appeared to roll over Ondrej Pavelec’s blocker and dribble in behind him.
Before the midpoint of the third, the Predators got even in shots, but Winnipeg put more pressure on Hutton and finished with a 26-24 edge.
Wheeler scored into an empty net at 18:20.
NOTES: The Jets’ previous franchise record for not giving up a goal was 151:55, set over four games from Dec. 22-28, 2005 when they were the Atlanta Thrashers. … The Jets wore lavender-decorated Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys during the warmup. The jerseys are sold to raise money for cancer research and other cancer-related causes. … Nashville coach Peter Laviolette was struck in the face with a puck in the first period when it went off Jacob Trouba’s hand as he was trying to bat it down.
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