TORONTO -- Zach Bogosian
scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Winnipeg Jets
were spared the embarrassment of blowing a three-goal lead in beating the Toronto Maple Leafs
5-4 on Saturday night at Air Canada Centre.
In what was a marathon shootout, Bogosian was Winnipeg's 10th shooter after each team had one goal in the earlier rounds.
"We do them all the time in practice but I'm not the greatest at them," Bogosian said. "I figured I'd come in with a lot of speed and try to slow up a little bit and try to put him back into the net and take the shot."
Blake Wheeler had a pair of goals in regulation for the Jets, who also got goals from James Wright and Antti Miettinen
. Joffrey Lupul
scored twice for Toronto with Nikolai Kulemin and Phil Kessel
Goalie James Reimer came on for starter Ben Scrivens
at the start of the third period and made six saves for the Maple Leafs. Scrivens made 23 saves while Ondrej Pavelec
made 28 for Winnipeg.
"Honestly I thought Scrivens played really well," Reimer said. "I thought that he made some huge saves and kept the boys in it. When you let in four goals and get pulled it's hard to say you kept the team in it but I think he did."
The win vaulted the Jets to first place in the Southeast Division standings and third in the Eastern Conference. The single point for Toronto has them in sixth place but their fifth loss in a row has them in a precarious position, hanging onto the playoff spots by three points ahead of the ninth-place New York Islanders.
Kessel had tied it up at 5:50 into the third when a cross-ice pass from Tyler Bozak put Kessel in on the right side. He cut into the middle and scored with a high shot for his 10th of the season.
Of the 10 shooters he had to face in the shootout, Pavelec only allowed Bozak to score. Bozak was Toronto's second shooter.
"I just don't like the shootouts at all," Pavelec admitted. "But I just tried to be patient and they hit the post three times so I was kind of lucky there."
The Jets roared to life in the second period with Wright scoring a close-range goal at 5:29, and then at 10:36, Miettinen got his second of the season when he tipped a puck into the net out of the air. Scrivens had knocked the puck into the air on a save and Miettinen was there to cast it in. The goal was reviewed but Miettinen's stick was ruled to have been below the crossbar.
After Wheeler scored at 12:03 and 15:29 on a pair of backhand shots, the Leafs fought back to score two goals in the last minute and 35 seconds in the period.
First, Kulemin got the puck at 18:35 after a face-off in the Jets zone and skated back a few strides to open up space to snap the puck past Pavelec.
Just 25 seconds later, Lupul got his second of the night when Nazem Kadri
passed to him from behind the net and Lupul went high to beat Pavelec.
Lupul scored the only goal of the first period when he took a pass from Kadri and flicked a backhand into the roof of the net at 1:32.
"I didn't really have time to feel nervous," said Lupul who was playing in his fourth game of the season after missing 25 with a forearm fracture. "I got out there and Kadri made a nice pass and I scored before I felt like I was even into it. That was pretty much the dream first shift back."
NOTES: Lupul's return means the Leafs don't have anyone on injured reserve. ... To make room for Lupul on the roster, the Leafs traded center David Steckel to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday for minor league forward Ryan Lasch and a seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft. ... Toby Enstrom (upper body), Zach Redmond (lower body), Anthony Peluso (upper body) and Jim Slater (upper body) are out with injuries for the Jets. ... Jets center Nik Antropov had a four-game points streak snapped. He had registered two goals and four assists during the streak.
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