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Laine remains hot with five goals in the Jets victory over the Blues

ST. LOUIS – Patrik Laine never imagined challenging the NHL single-game score record.

Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice did not share the young man's modesty.

Laine recorded the 61st five-game NHL history on Saturday night when the Jets defeated the St. Louis Blues 8-4.

"I'm surprised this has not happened before," Maurice said. "On the nights he scored his three, he had his chances of getting much more."

Laine did not share his coach's confidence.

"If anyone thinks this will happen easily, it does not happen," Laine said. "Every goal you're going to score in this league is difficult, it's the best league in the world. Obviously scoring five is very unreal, but for those who think it's easy, it's not."

The last player to score five goals in a game was Detroit Red Wings 'Johan Franzen on February 2, 2011. Toronto Maple Leafs' Darryl Sittler was the last player to score six goals in a game on April 22, 1976. against Boston.

Joe Malone, who played in the early days of the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens, scored seven goals in a game with the Quebec Bulldogs in January 1920. He also had a six-game game and three five-goal games.

Brandon Tanev, Blake Wheeler and Brandon Lemieux also scored for the Jets, who broke their first series of losses of two games this season.

Laurent Brossoit allowed four goals in 27 shots for his first career win against St. Louis. He improved to 4-1-1.

Chad Johnson scored six goals in 25 shots and fell to 2-5-0. He was pulled in favor of Jake Allen after allowing his sixth, and Laine's fourth goal of the game. Allen stopped nine of the 11 shots he faced in relief.

Laine's five-goal blast gives him 16 league goals on Nov. 10 and 11 in his last four contests.

"I felt that every time I played the record, it kind of came in," Laine said. "It was one of those nights, it's probably not going to happen soon, but we hope it happens. It was a great night for me and my line mates."

Laine's linemates Bryan Little and Kyle Conner combined to help in four of Laine's five goals.

"It's there," said Little about how Laine's performance compares to the talents he witnessed during his career. "Honestly, it seemed like every time we got the record that we were doing a couple of passes and Patty was wide open in the slot, we thought he was in. I think he missed a chance tonight and scored on everything else, so it shows how good he is. "

Laine scored his first 16:26 goal in the first period when he buried a Little feed just 41 seconds after Wheeler tied the 1-all game with his fourth goal of the season.

Tarasenko tied the game 2-all 1:24 later when he broke a game of 10 games without scoring a goal with his seventh account of the season.

Laine's second goal came in the power game, with Vladimir Tarasenko serving a two-minute penalty for the rematch and putting Winnipeg 3-2.

Laine completed his seventh career hat trick and third of November when he beat Johnson 12:53 in the second period.

Blues defender Joel Edmundson fought with Tyler Myers shortly after Laine's third goal but that did not change anything, as Laine scored his fourth goal at the end of the period.

Laine scored his fifth of the game when he pushed a feed of Little past Allen, making him the 45th player in NHL history to register a five-goal game.

"We have to play harder," said David Perron, left wing of the Blues. "It's almost as if we respect him too much."

Perron, Ryan O'Reilly and Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues, who have not won consecutive games since defeating Carolina and San Jose on Nov. 6 and Nov. 9.

"It's hard to swallow, especially after the effort we made last night to beat such a team," said Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo. "We have to be ready to play."

NOTES: Blues LW Brayden Schenn skidded in his 100th game with the team. . Perron scored his first goal in 14 games. .. Jets RW Blake Wheeler skidded in his 800th NHL game. Laine scored 13 goals in 11 career games against St. Louis.


Jets: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday

Blues: In Detroit on Wednesday to start a three-game trip.


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