Maple Leafs fall to Jets without injured Matthews

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TORONTOKyle Connor scored twice and had an assist to help the Winnipeg Jets defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were without center Auston Matthews, 5-2 at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday.

Matthews, who leads the NHL with 32 goals, is day to day with an undisclosed injury.

Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice, Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves for the Jets (27-14-3), who have won five of six.

John Tavares had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs (28-12-4), who are 0-2-1 after winning six straight. Jack Campbell was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots. David Rittich made 15 saves in relief.

Alex Galchenyuk put the Maple Leafs up 1-0 at 3:41 of the first period but the Jets responded with three unanswered goals before the end of the first period to take a three-goal lead.

Ehlers tied it 1-1 at 10:45 before Connor scored 27 seconds later to put the Jets up 2-1.

Scheifele scored on a breakaway at 13:54 to make it 3-1.

Toronto had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:11 starting at 12:26 of the first period but did not score.

Tavares cut the lead to 3-2 at 6:47 of the second period when he redirected a pass from Jason Spezza at the top of the goal crease. Tavares has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past seven games.

Ehlers made it 4-2 at 5:34 of the third period when he stole the puck from Mitchell Marner at the blue line, leaving him in alone on Rittich.

Connor put the Jets up 5-2 with 37 seconds left when he scored into an empty net.

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