By The Associated Press
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Marian Hossa returned to the lineup and put the Blackhawks ahead for good with a third-period goal as Chicago beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-3 Thursday night.
Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews and Ben Smith each scored for Chicago (15-4-4). Patrick Sharp had an empty-netter, helping the Blackhawks beat the Jets for the third time in three tries this season.
Andrew Ladd, Keaton Ellerby and Dustin Byfuglien scored for the Jets (10-11-3).
Hossa had missed three games with a lower-body injury. He gave Chicago a 4-3 lead at 3:11 of the third period.
Kane had a power-play goal late in the first period.
Saad’s one-timer from the slot made it 2-0 just over 3 minutes into the second.
But the Jets scored two goals in 29 seconds to tie it.
Ladd’s wrist shot beat Corey Crawford at 3:22, and Ellerby used Winnipeg’s first power play to score his first goal as a Jet at 3:51.
Toews put the Blackhawks back in the lead with a 4-on-4 goal just past the 11-minute mark.
But Winnipeg came right back on a 5-on-3 opportunity that Byfuglien cashed in at 13:30, with Winnipeg’s third shot within seconds on Crawford to even it up a 3.
The Jets bounced back in the second period with a 14-8 advantage in shots.
Hossa put the Blackhawks ahead at 3:11 of the third when he outplayed Ellerby while swinging past the Jets net. He slipped the puck through a very small hole left by Pavelec.
Smith raced in to bang in a rebound for some insurance at 5:22 to make it 5-3.