Jets strike quickly in 3rd to shake off Islanders

The Winnipeg Jets are finding ways to win late during their best stretch of the season.

Jacob Trouba and Adam Lowry scored 22 seconds apart early in the third period, rallying the Jets to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Nikolaj Ehlers added an empty-net goal with 2.1 seconds left and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 27 shots to help Winnipeg get its season-high fourth straight win and fifth in six games.

“We were able to grind and stick with our game,” Hellebuyck said. “We’re believing in ourselves and doing everything right.”

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The Jets have three straight road wins for the first time this season after completing a sweep of their three-game trip to the New York area. Winnipeg beat New Jersey 4-3 in overtime on Saturday, then won 4-3 in a shootout against the Rangers on Sunday.

“Of the three, I was maybe most pleased with tonight,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “A very grinding game. They had the rest advantage on us but we were very smart. … They accepted the game that was being played and got comfortable.”

The Jets scored three goals after the second period in each of the three wins.

“We believe in our system and when you believe in something good things start to come,” Hellebuyck said. “It’s huge to get all six points on the three games here. A key for your season.”

Anders Lee scored and Thomas Greiss finished with 21 saves for New York, which has lost three of four (1-2-1). The Islanders were back at Barclays Center three nights after rallying for a 3-2 win over Columbus in their first regular-season game at Nassau Coliseum in 3 1/2 years.

Despite the loss, they were pleased with how they played in this one.

“We had some really good opportunities to score and Hellebuyck kept a lot of them out,” Lee said. “Credit to him on those, but for the most part we did play a pretty good game.”

Lee broke the scoreless tie 1:33 into the third period when he knocked down Johnny Boychuk’s shot from the right point and beat Hellebuyck from the left side for his 10th. It gave Lee four goals and six points in the last six games.

Trouba tied it on the power play with a slap shot straightaway from the blue line for his third at 3:39. Lowry put the Jets ahead as he scored on a rebound of Brandon Tanev’s shot in front for his fifth at 4:01.

Lowry’s goal was his first since Oct. 20. He had three assists in 18 games since.

“I’ve had some chances last few games,” he said. “There was a stretch I wasn’t really happy with how my game was going. … I was real happy to see that one go in.”