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Nielsen scores 2 goals as Islanders top Jets 5-2

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Frans Nielsen scored two goals and added an assist, and the surging New York Islanders beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Wednesday.

Ryan Strome had a goal and three assists, and Anders Lee and Josh Bailey also scored for New York (25-11-1), which is 6-1-1 in its last eight games. It was Strome’s first career four-point game.

Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd scored both goals for the Jets (19-12-7). It was the first back-to-back losses for the Jets since late November. They lost to Minnesota on Monday.

Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves for the win.

Ondrej Pavelec started for the first time since rookie Michael Hutchinson was tabbed for Winnipeg’s previous three games and stopped 28 shots.

Strome scored his seventh goal of the season midway through the first period off an odd bounce in traffic around the net.

After the puck went high in the air to the right of Pavelec, Jets defenseman Adam Pardy tried to bat it away. The puck dropped to the ice and hit Lee and then Strome before going into the net at 10:04.

Nielsen made it 2-0 just 16 seconds into a two-man advantage late in the period.

As Johnny Boychuk fired a one-timer, his stick broke. The puck went across to Nielsen at the right side of the net for a goal at 18:16.

Ladd scored just 1 second after a New York penalty expired off Blake Wheeler’s pass from behind the net at 4:41. Wheeler extended his point streak to four games. He has two goals and three assists in that span.

Nielsen did the bulk of the work for his second goal of the game and eighth of the season following a Winnipeg turnover.

After skating down the boards with the puck, Nielsen made a drop pass to Strome and then went across to the circle. Strome sent the puck to him and he fired it by Pavelec at 15:27 to make it 3-1.

Ladd used a man advantage to score his 14th goal of the season 47 seconds into the third period off a pass from Mathieu Perreault to the slot.

Bryan Little assisted on the goal to extend his point streak to five games. He has two goals and four assists during the spurt.

Lee scored his ninth of the season at 11:35 after the puck bounced off a couple of Jets players during a scramble at the corner of the net.

Bailey scored into an empty net at 19:28.

NOTES: The Islanders played the first of a seven-game trip that continues Saturday at Calgary. … The Jets continue their four-game homestand on Saturday against Toronto.

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