Jonsson-Fjallby snaps tie, Jets rally for 6-4 win over Kings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Axel Jonsson-Fjallby scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection during the third period and the Winnipeg Jets rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Adam Lowry had a goal and an assist for the Jets, who won consecutive games for the first time this season. Mark Scheifele, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Nate Schmidt and Blake Wheeler also scored for Winnipeg, which had 12 players on the scoresheet.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 39 shots.

Gabriel Vilardi scored for the second straight game for the Kings, who have dropped three of four. Trevor Moore had a goal and an assist, while Arthur Kaliyev and Blake Lizotte also scored. Jonathan Quick made 13 saves.

Brenden Dillon got a turnover deep in the offensive zone and fired a shot that Jonsson-Fjallby redirected past Quick at 14:23. Wheeler added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

The Kings took a 3-1 lead with three goals in less than five minutes during the first period. The scoring spurt included goals by Kaliyev and Lizotte during a 66-second span midway through the period.

The Jets rallied to take the lead with three straight goals, including Schmidt’s snap shot from the point that found its way through traffic to give Winnipeg a 4-3 advantage with 1:05 remaining in the second.

Moore tied it at 4:45 of the third with a wrist shot that beat Hellebuyck on his blocker side.

BEHIND THE BENCH

Scott Arniel continues to coach the Jets while Rick Bowness gets more rest following his recent bout with COVID-19.

VILARDI'S HOT START

Vilardi scored at 14:33 of the first to give the Kings a 3-1 lead. He got his sixth goal of the season when he tipped in Kevin Fiala’s shot after it deflected off Schmidt’s stick and Hellebuyck was unable to corral the loose puck.

Vilardi — the Kings' leading scorer with 10 points — has already surpassed his goal total from last season when he had five in 25 games. His career high is 10 in 54 games during 2020-21.

His eight even-strength points are tied for second in the NHL.

STARTING IT OFF

Scheifele's breakaway goal 5:03 into the first period was his 46th career game-opening score. The center is just two shy of Ilya Kovalchuk (48) for the most in Jets/Thrashers history.

UP NEXT

Jets: Wrap up their three-game trip against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

Kings: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday in the finale of their three-game homestand.

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Joe Reedy, The Associated Press