Jets edge Kings in flying start at home

Jets edge Kings in flying start at home

Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor each scored goals and goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 16 saves as the Winnipeg Jets won their home opener with a 2-1 victory Tuesday over the Los Angeles Kings.The Jets, who were the NHL’s best home team last season, finishing with a 32-7-2 record at Bell MTS Place, held the Kings to just 17 shots on goal. Winnipeg advanced to the Western Conference Finals last season, getting eliminated by the Vegas Golden Knights.Ilya Kovalchuk scored a first-period goal for the Kings, who were playing their first game on the road after a tie and a victory at Staples Center to open the season.Kovalchuk, in his 13th NHL season but first with the Kings, scored his first goal with his new team. He played his first eight NHL seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers, leaving after the 2009-10 season. The Thrashers moved to Winnipeg for the start of the 2011-12 season.The Kings were playing their second game without veteran goalie Jonathan Quick, who is considered week-to-week with a lower body injury suffered in practice Saturday. Kings backup goalie Jack Campbell made 37 saves in his seventh career start.After an elaborate pregame ceremony, the Kings got the early jump on the Jets with Kovalchuk’s goal 6:26 into the game. He redirected a centering pass from Drew Doughty past Hellebuyck.Doughty was playing in a his 331st consecutive game for the Kings, passing Anze Kopitar’s franchise record.

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