PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mark Scheifele scored twice, including the go-ahead goal late in the second period and the Winnipeg Jets raced by the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Friday night.
Scheifele's first goal with 2:02 left in the second off a pretty feed by Blake Wheeler put the Jets ahead to stay. Nikolaj Ehlers doubled the advantage 22 seconds later to send surging Winnipeg to its seventh win its last eight games.
David Rittich stopped 22 shots for the Jets, who dominated the depleted Penguins, particularly in front of the Pittsburgh crease.
Drew O'Connor scored his second goal of the season for the Penguins but Pittsburgh had trouble keeping up with the Jets. Missing injured defensemen Kris Letang and Jeff Petry and with Marcus Pettersson out sick, Pittsburgh allowed the Jets to control play for most of the night.
Dustin Tokarski, who earned the win in relief of Casey DeSmith against Vancouver on Tuesday, played well in his first start with the Penguins but faced a steady barrage. Tokarski finished with 36 saves for Pittsburgh, which has just three wins over its last 10 games and sits in in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings halfway through the season.
The Penguins have made the playoffs 16 straight years, the longest active streak in major North American professional sports. They have endured a streaky first half in which they have two losing streaks of at least six games and a stretch in which they won 12 of 14.
Winnipeg has no such issues and hardly looked tired while playing its second game in two nights.
Wheeler scored on the power play after a scramble in front 11:19 into the first to give Winnipeg the lead.
It might have been even worse if not for a pair of calls that didn't count. Dylan Samberg's redirect was overturned on replay after the Penguins successfully challenged that the Jets entered the zone offside. Neal Pionk had a goal waved off by officials who ruled that Pierre-Luc DuBois interfered with Tokarski.
The reprieve allowed the Penguins to tie it when O'Conner flipped a cross-ice feed from Kasperi Kapanen over Rittich.
It stemmed the tide briefly but couldn't stop it. Scheifele's first goal put the Jets in front to stay late in the second and his second of the night and 26th of the season 6:39 into third gave the Jets just their fourth win in their last 20 games against Pittsburgh.
NOTES: Kyle Conner assisted on Ehler's goal to extend his points streak to nine games (6G, 9A). ... Kapanen's assist was the 100th of his career. ... Cole Perfetti tied a career high with three assists for the Jets.
Jets: Host Arizona on Sunday.
Penguins: At Carolina on Saturday night.