Patrik Laine became the overtime hero with his second goal of the night to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames Thursday night in Winnipeg to kick off the season.
Laine, whose future with the team became a question mark due to a trade request, capped a three-point night when he elected to shoot during a two-on-one rush he created by going end-to-end, hitting the mark 78 seconds into the extra frame for the unassisted tally.
Connor Hellebuyck made 23 saves to collect the win that saw his team erase a 3-1 deficit.
Looking for a strong start to the season -- and to snap the franchise's season-opener futility -- the Flames staked themselves to a two-goal lead before the first intermission with a strong period.
Matthew Tkachuk put the visitors on the board at the 4:28 mark when he deflected a Rasmus Andersson point shot up and over the Jets goalie.
Seconds after Andersson came within a whisker of scoring, Laine tied the game at the 7:24 mark with a top-shelf wrist shot from the slot while on a breakaway, but Johnny Gaudreau again put the Flames ahead with a power-play tally exactly four minutes later.
Then, Elias Lindholm -- who set up Gaudreau with a seeing-eye pass on his team's second goal -- blasted a one-timer home to make it a 3-1 game with 3:32 remaining in the opening frame.
However, the Jets flipped the script with a dominating second period and drew even. Just 34 seconds into the period, Mark Scheifele pounced on a loose puck following a couple of Flames turnovers -- giving him a point in eight consecutive season openers -- and then Kyle Connor's five-on-three power-play goal with 4:56 remaining in the stanza evened the score.
Connor and Lindholm both finished the night with two points.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 30 shots for the Flames, his biggest on Scheifele in the final minutes -- a glove save after he turned over the puck to force overtime.
--Field Level Media