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Patrik Laine Slaps Game-Winner, Right Into His Own Net

Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrik Laine’s 17 goals in 32 games puts him third overall in scoring this season. After last night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, he could have moved up a spot, but NHL players don’t get credit for accidental goals on their own net.

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Mark Letestu, whose rebound Laine slapped into the open net, was credited with the game-winning goal that gave Edmonton a 3-2 victory over Winnipeg.

“I think everybody saw what happened. That’s my comments,” Laine said after the game.

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It was the Jets’ fourth straight loss, but the Finnish teen isn’t taking the heat from his teammate.

“He’s 18 years old. He feels terrible,” Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler said. “These things happen. I’ve done it many times.”

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