Kyle Connor scores in 3rd straight game as Jets get past Kings

Kyle Connor scored for a third straight game to help lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Mark Scheifele had the other goal for Winnipeg (2-1-0), which outshot the Kings 39-17.

Connor Hellebuyck made 16 saves for the Jets. Jack Campbell, replacing injured starter Jonathan Quick, stopped 37 shots in his ninth career NHL game.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first goal for the Kings (1-1-1) and the 418th of his NHL career. He left the league five years ago to play professionally in Russia, but signed a three-year deal with the Kings in June.

The 35-year-old got behind Winnipeg’s defencemen, skated to the net and redirected a Drew Doughty pass into the net at 6:26 of the opening period.

The Jets tied it up four minutes later when forward Brandon Tanev spun away from a defender along the boards and sent a quick pass to the slot for Scheifele’s first goal of the season at 10:59.

Winnipeg outshot the visitors 10-4 and had one power play in the first period.

The Jets had almost back-to-back power plays near the midway point of the second period and were successful on the second one when Connor poked the puck in with his stick after a Blake Wheeler shot went off Campbell and began heading toward the goal line at 10:21.

Winnipeg’s shot advantage in the second was 19-5.

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Los Angeles had its first power play of the game midway through the third, but Hellebuyck made a big save and then got a piece of another shot that hit the crossbar.

Winnipeg defenceman Tyler Myers was called for high-sticking with 3:02 remaining. Campbell went to the bench with about 90 seconds left to make it six on four, but couldn’t convert with the advantage.

The Jets travel to Nashville for a game Thursday, while the Kings play the second game of their four-game road trip in Montreal the same night.