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WATCH: Moments after Kaprizov undresses Beaulieu, Connor snipes past Talbot to open scoring

Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Connor opened the scoring for his team against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, picking up the puck after a missed chance at the other end and beating opposing goaltender Cam Talbot with a wicked shot.

Moments before Connor’s goal, Wild star Kirill Kaprizov had an outstanding chance to score his first goal of the season. The 24-year-old Russian danced around Jets defenceman Nathan Beaulieu with a beautiful move before firing a hard wrister that Connor Hellebuyck was able to deflect away with his blocker.

After Mark Scheifele and Andrew Copp teamed up to get the puck out of the Jets’ defensive zone, Connor skated with it along the left-side boards and unleashed an extremely hard shot from the left circle that beat Talbot under his blocker arm.

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Here’s the video of the entire sequence:

Copp and Scheifele picked up the helpers on Connor’s second goal of the season, which came just 3:48 into regulation time. The 24-year-old Shelby Township, MI product scored again during the first period to give the Jets a 2-1 lead, although the score is now tied 2-2 in the first intermission.

Mats Zuccarello scored Minnesota’s first goal of the game, with Matt Dumba and Kaprizov recording the assists. Joel Eriksson Ek registered his team’s second marker of the contest, with Zuccarello and Jared Spurgeon picking up the helpers.