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Morrissey scores winner as Winnipeg beats Kraken 5-3

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Seattle Kraken's Jordan Eberle (7) looks for Marcus Johansson (90) as he attempts to make a pass in front of Winnipeg Jets goaltender Eric Comrie (1) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Seattle Kraken's Jordan Eberle (7) looks for Marcus Johansson (90) as he attempts to make a pass in front of Winnipeg Jets goaltender Eric Comrie (1) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP) Photo Gallery

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Josh Morrissey scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:10 left in the third period and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Seattle Kraken 5-3 on Thursday night.

Dominic Toninato, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Blake Wheeler also scored for Winnipeg. Kyle Connor, who assisted on Morrissey’s goal, added an empty-net goal at the buzzer. Eric Comrie stopped 20-and Dylan DeMelo had two assists.

Vince Dunn, Marcus Johansson and Jordan Eberle scored for Seattle. Philip Grubauer made 24 saves.

Morrissey converted a perfect pass from Connor and beat Grubauer cleanly for the winner. Forward Kristian Reichel also assisted.

Seattle tied the score at 3-all 7:02 into the third. Eberle tipped in a pass from forward Johansson from the crease.

Wheeler, who had two points, gave Winnipeg a 3-2 lead at 11:54 of the second period when he converted a pass from Paul Stastny in front. Stastny stole the puck in the corner and immediately fed Wheeler.

The Jets knotted the score at 2-2 early in the second. Just getting out of the penalty box, Dubois fired a sharp-angled shot that beat Grubauer 1:45 in.

The Kraken took a 2-1 lead into the second period. Winnipeg cut into a 2-0 deficit when Toninato scored a short-handed goal with just 13 seconds left in the opening period. With Dubois off for high sticking, Toninato converted a perfect pass from Adam Lowry into an open net with Grubauer pulled out of position.

Seattle had jumped out to a 2-0 lead. With Winnipeg defenseman Logan Stanley off for boarding, Dunn fired a slap shot from the point that beat a screened Comrie 3:21 into the game.

The Kraken followed that when Johansson beat Comrie from the slot at the 12:15 mark.

NOTES: The Jets played without veteran forward Andrew Copp, who suffered an undisclosed injury on Wednesday. He was replaced in the lineup by Kristian Vesalainen. … Former Jets forward Mason Appleton played his first game in Winnipeg since the Jets left him unprotected in the NHL expansion draft. He had five goals and 13 points heading into Thursday.

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