Andrew Ladd scored his second overtime winner in the last three games to give the Winnipeg Jets a 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers tonight.
Ladd's low shot just inside the far post beat Jose Theodore and completed an unlikely road comeback for the Jets.
Winnipeg fell behind 3-0 early in the second period, but scored four straight goals to take the lead. The Panthers tied the game late in the third period, but Ladd's goal boosted the Jets to 2-0-1 on their current road trip.
The Jets improved to 37-34-9, and prevented the Panthers (37-25-18) from clinching their first Southeast Division title.
Tomas Kopecky tied the game for the Panthers with just 3:53 left in regulation after the Jets had taken control of the game.
Ladd scored his first goal of the night 53 seconds into the third to tie the game and Bryan Little added a power-play goal at 3:45 of the period to give Winnipeg its first lead of the night.
The second period saw the Panthers take a 3-0 lead before the Jets began to mount their comeback.
Tomas Fleischmann scored 25 seconds into the second period to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead.
Fleischmann's one-timer looked to be going wide, but hit Jets defenceman Ron Hainsey's shoulder and got past Ondrej Pavelec's glove.
Evander Kane's 30th goal of the season got the Jets on the board in the second. Spencer Machacek fed Kane on a two-on-one to make it 3-1.
Then Zach Bogosian blasted it home after a scramble in front of Florida goalie Jose Theodore to cut the lead to 3-2.
The Panthers scored twice in the first period against a Jets team that was lethargic from the outset.
Marco Sturm pounced on a rebound and easily put it into the Winnipeg net for his third goal of the season 12:03 into the game.
Brian Campbell's point shot on the power play hit two sticks en route to the back of the Jets net to make it 2-0. Kris Versteeg was the last Panther to touch the puck, giving him his seventh goal of the season against the Jets.
The Jets lost forwards Tanner Glass and Kyle Wellwood to broken feet in the first two games of the road trip. Patrice Cormier was called up from St. John's.
The Jets wrap up their final road trip of the season Thursday night on Long Island, and return home to finish their schedule against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.
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The Jets have dropped four of their last five and now have a 36-34-9 mark with three games left.
The teams have met five times this season, with the Jets holding a 2-2-1 record in those contests. The Jets won the last by a score of 7-0, but lost three straight before that.
Winnipeg has lost Tanner Glass and Kyle Wellwood, both to a broken foot, in the last couple of games. Patrice Cormier has been recalled to fill in.
The Panthers' Kris Versteeg has killed the Jets in the series with eight points (6G, 2A). The Panthers are 37-25-17 and hold a three-point lead on the Washington Capitals in the race for first in the Southeast Division.
The Panthers are 1-1-3 in their last five and 20-9-10 on home ice. Defenceman Jason Garrison is tied for two franchise records: most power-play goals by a defenceman in a season (9) and most game-winning goals by a defenceman in a season (3).