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Byfuglien scores in OT to lift Jets past Leafs

  • Associated Press
  • January 25, 2014 - 9:45 PM

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Dustin Byfuglien fired a low shot past goalie Jonathan Bernier 2:44 into overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Toronto's Phil Kessel took a pass from James van Riemsdyk and fired a sharp-angled shot past Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec with 1:33 left in the third period to tie the score.

Mark Scheifele, Zach Bogosian, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little also scored for the Jets, who outshot the Leafs 32-28 through overtime. Little also had an assist and Andrew Ladd added two.

Dion Phaneuf had a power-play goal for Toronto, Troy Bodie scored his second of the season and Tim Gleason had his first. Pavelec stopped 24 shots.

James Reimer started for the Leafs, but let in four goals on 18 shots and was replaced by Bernier midway through the second period. Bernier finished with 13 saves.

The Jets led 2-0 after scoring twice on their first four shots of the game.

Toronto gave up the puck in its own end and Jets forward Evander Kane got it and sent a pass to Scheifele in the faceoff circle. Reimer got a piece of Scheifele's shot, but not enough as the Jets went up 1-0 on their first shot at 3:10. It was Scheifele's 10th goal of the season.

Winnipeg made good on its first power play of the game, courtesy of a hooking penalty on Leafs defenseman Morgan Reilly.

Pavelec got things started with a pass out to defenseman Jacob Trouba, who then sent the puck to Wheeler just outside Toronto's blue line. Wheeler raced in alone on the Manitoba-born Reimer and put a shot through his pads at 6:34.

Toronto started dominating the play after falling behind, but the Jets sent a flurry of shots at Reimer in the waning seconds of the first period. The Leafs still outshot the home team 12-11 in the opening 20 minutes.

A five-goal second period included each team scoring twice in a span of 3:01.

The Leafs used a power play for Phaneuf's fifth goal of the season, a long one-timer straight at the net through traffic at 6:13 while Jets defenseman Keaton Ellerby was in the box for boarding.

Little's 17th goal of the season came just over a minute later as he redirected a shot by Toby Enstrom to make it 3-1.

Bogosian's shot 37 seconds later beat a partially screened Reimer and sent the goalie to the bench in favor of Bernier, who entered his 100th career game with his team down 4-1.

Toronto made it 4-2 on Bodie's goal 61 seconds later at 9:14 and then pulled within one with 3:16 left in the period when Gleason's shot hit Trouba and went through Pavelec's pads.

Winnipeg had a 23-20 edge on shots after two periods.

The Leafs got a power play midway through the third period when Devon Setoguchi's clearing attempt went over the glass, but the Jets buckled down and averted a tying goal.

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