Kyle Connor delivers in Jets’ shootout victory over Bruins

A pair of Connors helped the Jets avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.

Kyle Connor scored back-to-back goals 34 seconds apart in the third period and delivered the only goal in a shootout as Winnipeg rallied behind goalie Connor Hellebuyck to beat the Bruins 4-3 in Boston on Tuesday night.

Hellebuyck stopped 36 shots, shutting out the Bruins in the five-minute overtime and all three rounds of the tiebreaker.

“I had a couple of lucky ones tonight. I will say that,” said Hellebuyck, who stopped Brad Marchand on Boston’s final chance in the shootout. “I’ll definitely take some credit, but I’m not the only one out there, and I think everyone out there did their part.”

Josh Morrissey also scored for the Jets and Mark Scheifele had two assists as Winnipeg rebounded from a 3-1 loss Monday night at Philadelphia following a nine-day layoff that encompassed the All-Star break.

“It’s always tough coming off a break, no matter how much you put into it and stay in shape. Nothing’s like game shape,” Connor said. “I think as the game got on, we started to get our legs under us and just got back to the way we play hockey.”

Patrice Bergeron scored twice for the Bruins. David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist, and Marchand assisted on all three goals for Boston in its first game in 10 days.

“We just had some breakdowns,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “You’ve got to be careful you don’t beat yourself, and I think there was a little bit of that tonight — no disrespect to Winnipeg. They’re one of the best teams in the National Hockey League, but I think some of it was self-inflicted, and the good teams don’t do that.”

Sabres 5, Blue Jackets 4: Conor Sheary got the tie-breaking goal early in the third period to power visiting Buffalo over Columbus. Carter Hutton had 33 saves for the Sabres in their first game back from an 11-day break. Pierre-Luc Dubois and Cam Atkinson each had a goal an assist for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves.

Flyers 1, Rangers 0: Oskar Lindblom scored early, Anthony Stolarz stopped 38 shots for his second NHL shutout and visiting Philadelphia picked up its season-high fifth straight win. It marked Stolarz’s first shutout since Dec. 11, 2016. With the two wins in two days, the Flyers have pulled 10 points behind Pittsburgh for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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