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The Winnipeg Jets’ escaped with two points Monday night.
Defenceman Jacob Trouba’s overtime goal at 2:54 sealed the deal for the Jets in a 5-4 triumph over the St. Louis Blues at Bell MTS Place.
Winnipeg had trailed 3-1 after two periods and 4-3 late in the game. Veteran centre Bryan Little tied the game with just 1:40 left in regulation time, batting in a rebound off a hard point drive from Dustin Byfuglien.
The Jets haven’t lost a regular-season game at home in regulation time since late February, a span of 15 games.
Winnipeg (6-2-1) is now 3-1-1 on its current home stand, with one game to go before the team hits the road.
Kyle Connor set up Trouba’s OT tally, fooling everyone with a brilliant pass instead of shooting from in tight on goalie Jake Allen. Trouba was left with a gaping cage for his first goal of the season. Mark Scheifele had the other assist to go with a pair of goals, and now has four goals. Ben Chiarot also scored for Winnipeg, his second of the year.
David Perron, Ryan O’Reilly, Colton Parayko and Vince Dunn scored for St. Louis (2-3-3).
Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves, while Allen blocked 31 drives.
Winnipeg winger Brandon Tanev was tossed from the game after delivering a check from behind on O’Reilly in the second period.
The Jets were 1-for-5 on the power-play, Scheifele’s first-period marker, while the Blues were 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
The Toronto Maple Leafs pay their only visit Wednesday, the last of game of the Jets’ longest home stand of the season. Game time is 6 p.m.
Winnipeg travels to Detroit to play the Red Wings on Friday and then faces the Leafs in a rematch Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena.
The team’s Finnish odyssey begins with a flight to Helsinki immediately following the game in Toronto. The Jets and Florida Panthers hook up in a pair of regular-season games Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2 at Hartwall Arena as part of the NHL’s 2018 Global Series.
Assistant sports editor
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