National Hockey League
Winnipeg 3, Washington 1
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Where: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Referees: Francis Charron, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: Bevan Mills, Kiel Murchison
Attendance: 15321

Ben Chiarot scored the tiebreaking goal for the Jets with 7:09 left in the third period, and Kyle Connor added an empty-net score as Winnipeg defeated the visiting Washington Capitals 3-1 Wednesday night.

Winnipeg had not held the lead until Chiarot scored on a long, knuckling slap shot that dipped under goalie Pheonix Copley's glove. Brandon Tanev got the only assist on the play.

Connor produced the insurance goal after Copley had been pulled. That came with one minute remaining, and it stretched the Jets' winning streak to three games.

Washington was trying to win its second game in two nights on a four-game road trip. The Capitals beat Minnesota 5-2 Tuesday with rookie Copley in net, and they had to call on him once more in this game.

Copley stepped in when the Capitals said before the game that starter Braden Holtby couldn't go due to an upper-body injury. That late scratch forced Washington to sign 31-year-old Gavin McHale -- the goalie coach for the women's team at the University of Manitoba -- as its emergency backup.

Copley allowed just two goals in the Minnesota win and turned in another strong performance in this game. He finished with 21 saves Wednesday.

Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck finished with 27 saves, seven of which came on power plays as Washington couldn't cash in.

The Capitals lost top-line center Evgeny Kuznetsov after he appeared to get hurt in the first period.

He played only five shifts, and the Capitals said later that Kuznetsov would not return due to an upper-body injury. He is due to be re-evaluated on Thursday.

Washington took the lead when Jakub Vrana scored 13 minutes into the game. He fired a high shot from the right side that got past Hellebuyck's right-arm blocker.

The Capitals outshot Winnipeg 10-2 in the first period, but the Jets bounced back in the middle stanza.

Winnipeg tied it in the second when Mark Scheifele scored a power-play goal from between the circles. Connor made a quick pass to Scheifele from the side of the goal, and Scheifele one-timed it past Copley at the 5:05 mark.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Washington   Winnipeg
Jakub Vrana 1 Points Kyle Connor 2
Jakub Vrana 1 Goals Kyle Connor 1
Madison Bowey 1 Assists Kyle Connor 1
N/A Power Play Goals Mark Scheifele 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Pheonix Copley .913 Save Percentage Connor Hellebuyck .964
Pheonix Copley 21 Saves Connor Hellebuyck 27
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Washington 28 1 0-3 2-3 6 24
Winnipeg 24 3 1-3 3-3 6 24
Upcoming Games
  • Winnipeg will play their next game at home against Buffalo. The Jets have a W/L % of .400 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game on the road against Colorado. The Capitals have a W/L % of .222 after a win and .667 after a loss.