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Scheifele has hat trick, Jets beat Devils 8-4

Mark Scheifele had three goals and an assist, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the New Jersey Devils 8-4 Friday night.

Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice, and Kristian Vesalainen, Josh Morrissey and Adam Lowry also each scored for the Jets. Blake Wheeler had three assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois Neal Pionk each added two. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 33 shots.

Ryan Graves had a goal and an assist, and Jack Hughes, Damon Severson and Nico Hischier also scored for the Devils. Jonathan Bernier gave up six goals on 32 shots through two periods. Mackenzie Blackwood took over in the third period and finished with six saves.

Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (55) and Kyle Connor (81) celebrate Scheifele's goal on New Jersey Devils goaltender Jonathan Bernier during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

The Jets led 3-0 less than eight minutes into game before Severson and Hughes brought the Devils within one at the end of the first period. Hischier and Graves scored 39 seconds apart to give New Jersey the lead 1:16 into the second.

Ehlers' second of the night tied it 4-4 midway through the second, with Andrew Copp getting the 100th assist of his career on the play. Morrissey's point shot trickled in off a player in front of Bernier with 4 1/2 minutes left in the period to put the Jets ahead for good.

Scheifele scored his second of the game on the power play with 6 seconds left in the middle period after he took a pass from Pionk, skated the length of the ice and finished it off by beating Bernier. Hellebuyck also had an assist on the play.

Winnipeg Jets' Nikolaj Ehlers celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

Scheifele his hat trick on a one-timer off a pass from Wheeler at 9:36 of the third to give Winnipeg a 7-4 lead. Lowry capped the scoring with 3 1/2 minutes remaining.

Scheifele, who had not scored a goal in his previous seven games, opened the scoring just 1:52 into the game as he took a pass from Pionk, stickhandled passed the defense, then backhanded a shot over Bernier’s right shoulder.

Ehlers, who ended a five-game goal-scoring drought, got his first of the night when he snapped a shot over Bernier’s left shoulder at 3:52, and Vesalainen converted a perfect set up by Paul Stastny at the 7:39 mark to make it 3-0.

Winnipeg Jets' Josh Morrissey (44), Blake Wheeler (26), Mark Scheifele (55) and Nate Schmidt (88) celebrate Scheifele's hat-trick goal against the New Jersey Devils, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

Severson beat Hellebuyck over his right shoulder from inside the face-off circle at 9:08 of the first to get the Devils on the scoreboard. Hughes scored with just 24 seconds left in the opening period when he pounced on a rebound in front of Hellebuyck.

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Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele (55), Blake Wheeler (26), and Nate Schmidt (88) celebrate Scheifele's hat-trick goal against the New Jersey Devils, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

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Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) celebrates the team's win over the New Jersey Devils in an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

New Jersey Devils goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) makes a save on Winnipeg Jets' Paul Stastny (25) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets' Kristian Vesalainen (93) scores on New Jersey Devils goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets' Kristian Vesalainen (93) and Adam Lowry (17) celebrate Vesalainen's goal against New Jersey Devils goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) makes a save on New Jersey Devils' Pavel Zacha (37) as Jets' Neal Pionk (4) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) looks at the puck on the rebound of a shot by New Jersey Devils' Michael McLeod's (20) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

A shot by Winnipeg Jets' Kyle Connor is stopped by New Jersey Devils goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets' Kristian Vesalainen (93) scores on New Jersey Devils goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)