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Kyle Connor's hat trick lifts Jets over Avalanche

Blake Wheeler scored twice and Mark Sheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers had empty-net goals for Winnipeg.
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Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, front, pursues the puck with Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Kyle Connor had three goals for his first regular season hat trick to lead the Winnipeg Jets over the Colorado Avalanche 7-4. 

Blake Wheeler scored twice and Mark Sheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers had empty-net goals for Winnipeg. Scheifele had three assists and Ehlers had two. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 39 shots. 

Connor's second goal broke a 3-all tie and came just seven seconds into Winnipeg's only power play of the game. 

He got his 20th of the season and his hat trick when he roofed a backhander at 16:31 of the third. Connor's only other hat trick came in the playoffs last spring.

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