Eric Comrie, Jet’s Stump Devils

NEWARK, NJ — Kyle Connor scored his 35th goal late in the second half to create a tie and lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Eric Comrie made 33 saves as he defeated the team he started for once last season. Defenseman Brenden Dillion also scored as the Jets won for the fourth time in six games (4-1-1).

Jack Hughes scored for the Devils by extending his home-scoring steak to 13 games (9 goals, 12 assists). Nico Daws made 28 saves as New Jersey ended its two-game winning streak.

Connor won the game with 54 seconds left in the second period with an unassisted breakaway goal that referee Frederick L’Ecuyer originally thought hit the bar and didn’t go into the net. The puck hit the bar and landed in the bottom net. Connor started the game, stealing the puck from Jesper Bratt in the Devils zone and running the length of the ice.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Eric Comrie (1) makes a save on New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes (
Eric Comrie held off the Devils and made 33 saves.
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Dillon and Hughes traded goals in the opening stages.

Dillon scored his second of the season in a 2-for-1 break with Mark Scheifele at 3:22. It was his first goal since December 17 and his 26th goal in 709 NHL games.

Hughes equalized it on the power play at 18:27, playing a cross-ice pass from Bratt past Comrie before the keeper could get over the crease.

Jack Hughes (86) from the New Jersey Devils fights for the puck
Jack Hughes extended his home streak with a first-half goal.
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