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, Manitoba (AP) — well against the defending Stanley Cup champions.The defenceman did just that by scoring the tiebreaking goal with 7:09 left in the third period to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.“We’ve been talking about getting on a bit of a roll here,” Chiarot said after Winnipeg’s third straight win. “We’re excited, the Stanley Cup champs coming to town you want to bring your best effort.”Chiarot’s shot beat Capitals goalie Pheonix Copley on the glove side for his third of the season.“Their (defense) was a little gapped off and I just tried to put one on net,” Chiarot said. “It went off (John) Carlson’s shaft and it dipped on the goalie a little bit. There wasn’t much to it, it was just a lucky shot.”Mark Scheifele had a power-play score for Winnipeg, and Kyle Connor added an empty-netter to seal the victory. Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves for the Jets, who’ve won three straight in their four-game homestand.Jakub Vrana scored for Washington, and Copley stopped 21 shots.The Capitals were coming off a 5-2 win over Minnesota on Tuesday in the opener of a four-game road trip.Copley was in net for that win and had to quickly get ready for this game because starter Braden Holtby was a late-day scratch with an undisclosed upper-body injury. University of Manitoba women’s goalie coach Gavin McHale, 31, was tapped to be Washington’s emergency backup.Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov left the ice in the first period soon after a check to the head by Jets forward Brandon Tanev and didn’t return.Washington coach Todd Reirden said Kuznetsov was kept out for precautionary reasons. Holtby is receiving some treatment after he skated with the team’s goalie coach earlier on Wednesday and will be evaluated.“I was really proud of our guys tonight,” Reirden said. “You lose an elite player like Kuznetsov and you’ve got Pheonix Copley playing his first-ever back-to-back.“I really liked our effort. That first period was outstanding, one of our best periods of the year.”It took the Jets almost 13 minutes to get their first shot on goal, but 14 seconds later Vrana used his team’s eighth shot to fire the puck high past Hellebuyck for a 1-0 lead with 7 minutes left in the opening period.Scheifele scored on the power play at 5:05 of the second Josh Jooris Jersey Womens
, 7 seconds after Alex Ovechkin went to the penalty box for interference. It was his 10th goal.The teams went into the game Nos. 1 and 2 in the league on the power play, with the Jets at 34 per cent and the Capitals at 30.3. Winnipeg was 1 for 3 on the power play and the Capitals 0 for 3.“(Hellebuyck) made a lot of big saves,” Scheifele said. “He’s the backbone of our team and he does that every night. .. We had a lot of big blocks, including one from (Jacob) Trouba on (Ovechkin). We had a lot of good shots from our D-men, so it was a good team effort.”Hellebuyck said facing Ovechkin during a power play is an experience.“Not very fun,” he said. “The guy can shoot. He’s got a lot of power play goals and you’re alone with him. It’s a scary thought.”Winnipeg had squeezed Washington’s shot advantage to 20-16 after the middle period. The Capitals had a power play late in the third, but couldn’t solve Hellebuyck.NOTES: Washington’s T.J. Oshie was flipped to the ice by Josh Morrissey late in the game and look dazed after the play. Reirden had no injury update for Oshie after the game. … Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler had an assist, extending his point streak to 11 games (two goals, 18 assists). … Scheifele has four goals and three assists in his past three games.UP NEXTCapitals: At Colorado on Friday night.Jets: Host Buffalo on Friday night in the finale of a four-game homestand. CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews loves playing alongside Patrick Kane, and the feeling is mutual.With the Chicago Blackhawks struggling once again, coach Jeremy Colliton tried an old favorite.Toews had three goals and two assists, Kane added two goals and three assists, and the Blackhawks handed the Washington Capitals their season-high fifth consecutive loss with an 8-5 victory on Sunday.While Chicago’s power play has been humming along quite nicely Melker Karlsson Jersey
, the last-place Blackhawks have been struggling with their even-strength attack. Colliton mixed up his lines in response, putting Toews together with Kane — a common answer for predecessor Joel Quenneville during his 10-plus seasons in charge.It worked.“I know what he likes and how he likes to play and vice versa,” Toews said. “I think we can complement each other well. Obviously Kaner’s been playing with a ton of confidence, so for me it was just go out there and make his life easier and get him the puck and get to open areas.”Brandon Saad and Alex DeBrincat also scored and Dylan Strome added an empty-netter as last-place Chicago stopped its own five-game slide. Collin Delia made 34 saves, including impressive stops on John Carlson and Tom Wilson in the second.The Stanley Cup champion Capitals held a short players-only meeting after the loss.“Our biggest battle is that we’re not complacent,” said goaltender Braden Holtby, who allowed four goals on 11 shots before he was replaced by Pheonix Copley 2:30 into the second. “It’s one of those things that’s going to be hard, is getting over the fact last year is last year. You move on.”Washington’s defensemen accounted for each of its five goals while star forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov were kept off the scoresheet. Carlson scored twice, Dmitry Orlov and Matt Niskanen each had a goal and an assist, and Brooks Orpik got his second of the season.It was Washington’s first game in Chicago since Devante Smith-Pelly heard chants of “basketball, basketball, basketball” while the black forward was sitting in the penalty box in the third period of a 7-1 loss last February. The fans were promptly ejected, and then banned from Chicago’s home games.Smith-Pelly was sent off for unsportsmanlike conduct in the second period of Sunday’s loss Tyler Ennis Jersey Womens
, but he said he had no trouble with any fans.“I said it the day after and I probably repeated it. It’s just a couple of people,” Smith-Pelly said. “I don’t hold it against the city. I wasn’t excited or nervous to come back here. It’s just another game.”Carlson trimmed Chicago’s lead to 4-3 when he blew a one-timer past Delia 3:09 into the third. Kane responded with a power-play goal, and Toews sent a wrist shot past Copley to make it 6-3 at 7:20.It was Kane’s 14th goal in his last 14 games. He has seven goals and 13 assists during an eight-game point streak.After Washington pulled within one again on goals by Carlson and Niskanen, Toews danced around Orlov and beat Copley with 5:03 remaining. Toews’ 21st goal made it 7-5 and completed his sixth career hat trick.“To see the caliber and level he brings and elevates in those key moments, it’s really special,” Kane said.It was part of an up-and-down day for Orlov, who got his third goal of the season when his shot from the left boards went under Delia 15:24 into the second. But he also batted a puck out of the air and over Holtby to hand Toews his first goal 14:53 into the first.NOTES: Blackhawks D Henri Jokiharju was a healthy scratch. The 19-year-old Jokiharju has no goals and 12 assists in 36 games in his first NHL season. “We’ve got some young players. Eighty-two game season, it’s hard to keep that level night-in and night-out,” Colliton said. “So we may end up with a rotation where they’re able to, it’s not necessarily performance specifically why they’re coming out.” … First-year Capitals coach Todd Reirden is from nearby Deerfield, about 30 miles north of Chicago. “I didn’t have to get a lot of tickets. I do have a lot of passes,” a smiling Reirden said before the loss.UP NEXTCapitals: Host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.Blackhawks: Host the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.