WINNIPEG – Mark Scheifele’s first career NHL hat trick helped the Winnipeg Jets (27-32-5) snap a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens (30-30-6).Scheifele has now scored five goals in his last two games to surpass Blake Wheeler for the team lead with 20. Scheifele snapped a scoreless tie 4:10 into the second period by putting away the puck off a P.K. Subban turnover in Montreal’s zone. The Canadiens replied 1:13 later as Max Pacioretty sent Alex Galchenyuk a pass for a one-timer from the slot. Story continues below
Both teams once again traded goals in the third. Andrew Copp put the Jets back in front by tipping a Ben Chiarot shot past Montreal goalie Mike Condon 5:57 into the period. Galchenyuk made it 2-2 mid-frame as he caught Ondrej Pavelec fumbling with his stick from the point.Scheifele later scored his second of the game by re-directing in a Drew Stafford shot. He completed the hat trick in the final minute of the game by pushing the puck into an empty net. Pavelec turned away 26 shots for the win. His save total was matched by Condon.Defenceman Josh Morrisey had a shot, a hit and 15:54 of ice time in his NHL debut. He also blocked two shots. Morrisey was called up from the AHL’s Manitoba Moose on Friday. He was the Jets’ top pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Defenceman Jacob Trouba missed the game with an upper-body injury. The Jets were also without injured forwards Nikolaj Ehlers (eye), Bryan Little (back) and Anthony Peluso (upper-body).The Jets play the second of back-to-back games Sunday evening when they welcome the Edmonton Oilers to Winnipeg.