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WINNIPEG -The Winnipeg Jets scored three goals in the middle period and held on to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 Friday night.

Jets captain Andrew Ladd, wingers Blake Wheeler and Evander Kane and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien each registered a goal and an assist as Winnipeg upped its record to 2-1-1 early in the abbreviated NHL season.

Pittsburgh fell to 2-2-0.

Evander Kane also scored for Winnipeg, which trailed 2-0 after the first period but beat Pens' goalie Tomas Vokoun three times in the second period to jump in front 3-2.

Wheeler capped things with an empty netter.

Sidney Crosby scored both Pittsburgh goals in the first period.

It took just over four minutes for him to get his first-ever point in Winnipeg, firing a shot from a bad angle over the shoulder of Ondrej Pavelec as the Pens took an early 1-0 lead.

That leaves Vancouver's Rogers Arena as the only building in the NHL in which Crosby hasn't registered at least a point in his career.

Just over 10 minutes later, he scored again, moving into the slot and backhanding a shot that dribbled through Pavelec's legs.

But the hosts snapped to it in the second period. Kane scored just 1:10 into the middle frame, finishing off a three-way passing play with Byfuglien and Wheeler.

The Jets pulled even at 13:35 when Byfuglien's point shot found the top corner with Pittsburgh shorthanded and towering center Nik Antropov blocking Vokoun's view.

Four minutes later, Ladd converted a perfect feed from Bryan Little to give the Jets a 3-2 lead that held up through two periods.

Pavelec stopped 31 shots, while Vokoun made 28 saves for the Penguins.

Notes: For the first time in his career, Crosby played an NHL game in Winnipeg on Friday night. But it wasn't his first time on the ice at MTS Centre. The 25-year-old center trained in Winnipeg and played two exhibition games with Team Canada in late 2004 prior to the '05 World Junior Championship in Grand Forks, N.D. The Jets' Ladd was Crosby's teammate on that squad, widely considered to be the best Canadian junior team of all time. Crosby missed both of Pittsburgh's games in Winnipeg last season because of concussion symptoms. ... Jets fans have come up with some unique chants since the start of their inaugural season in 2011-12. Case in point was Friday's chorus of "Mario's pool boy" every time Crosby touched the puck. Sid the Kid used to live with Pens great Mario Lemieux when he first broke into the league. ... The Pens wrap up a two-game road trip Sunday in Ottawa against the Senators. ... Winnipeg hosts the New York Islanders on Sunday. ... Penguins forward Tanner Glass played for the first time against his former team Friday. Last season, he was on a line in Winnipeg with Jim Slater and Chris Thorburn, and the trio was popular with fans for their energy and grit. Fans dubbed it the GST line, considered 'taxing' on the opposition. In Canada, GST refers to the national goods and service tax. ... Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury became the franchise's all-time leader in wins last Saturday, earning his 227th career victory as the Pens knocked off the Flyers 3-1 in Philadelphia. ... Six different Jets players accounted for the club's six goals this season, prior to Friday's game. ... avelec has started all four games in net for Winnipeg and will get the lion's share during the abbreviated season. A year ago, he started 68 of 82 games for the Jets, going 29-28-9 with a goal against average of 2.91.
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