OTTAWA — Nikolaj Ehlers and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist for the Winnipeg Jets in a 4-1 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.
Kyle Connor had two assists for the Jets (3-1-0), who scored three times in the second period. Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for his 150th NHL win.
“It’s another one of those little proud moments,” Hellebuyck said of the milestone. “I thought about it after the game. It just says a lot about the guys in front of me, the team as a whole, how long we’ve been together and building together and getting a lot of wins along the way.”
Chris Tierney scored for the Senators (1-2-1). Matt Murray allowed four goals on 26 shots in two periods and was replaced by Marcus Hogberg, who made three saves in his season debut.
“They were a step quicker than us all night, right from the get-go,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said. “They came in, took us seriously, and came after us. They put it in, they beat us on the majority of 50-50 pucks, and the right result happened.”
It was the second straight win for the Jets against the Senators. They conclude the three-game set Saturday in Winnipeg.
“You’ve got to move fast and move the puck quickly; we had lots of support there, lots of conversation on the ice, lots of communication, guys calling for pucks,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “And then we got off to a pretty good run of going from our end to their end.”
Ehlers’ wrist shot from the top of the slot gave the Jets a 1-0 lead at 11:50 of the first period.
“Those ones just can’t go in,” Murray said. “There’s no excuse for that.”
Scheifele tapped in a pass from Connor at the side of the net to make it 2-0 at 4:22 of the second, and Adam Lowry scored into an open net at 7:05 for a 3-0 lead.
“He’s the guy who gets different wingers all the time. [He’s] a guy who scored 15 in this league (in 2016-17),” Maurice said of Lowry. “We think it’s there. It’s the face-off goal the other night where he goes to the goal and gets a tip on it. Big man driving the net. Some of it is confidence, some of it is rhythm. With our injuries he’s getting some power-play time, he’s getting the [penalty kill] time, he’s playing a big-minute game for us, so he’s in that rhythm, he feels good.”
Blake Wheeler took a seam pass from Scheifele and finished a backhand deke on Murray at 13:55 to increase the lead to 4-0.
Tierney redirected a cross-ice pass from Nikita Zaitsev to cut it to 4-1 at 17:03 of the third.
“We had some competitive guys, but we had a lot of guys that couldn’t match their level of speed and competitiveness,” Smith said. “That’s not acceptable.”
NOTES: Jets forward Nate Thompson left in the first period with a lower-body injury. There was no update. … Hellebuyck is 150-86-22 in six NHL seasons, all with Winnipeg. … The Jets were 0-for-7 on the power play. … Jets defenseman Ville Heinola was plus-2 in 14:22 in his season debut. … Connor (three goals, four assists) has the second-most points through four games in Jets/Atlanta Thrashers history. Marc Savard had eight (two goals, six assists) in 2005-06. … Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot was minus-3 in 20:54. … Zaitsev had an assist, his fifth in four games. Ottawa outhit Winnipeg, 51-14. Defenseman Erik Gudbranson led the Senators with six.