ST. LOUIS – Patrik Laine has never imagined challenging a single score record of NHL matches.
Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice did not take part in the modesty of his young winger.
Laine recorded the 61st goal of five goals in NHL history Saturday night when the Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 8-4.
"I'm surprised that it hasn't happened sooner," Maurice said. "The night he scored three goals, he had the chance to get more."
Laine doesn't share the confidence of his coach.
"If someone thinks that it will come easily, no," Laine said. "Every goal that you will print in this league is difficult. This is the best league in the world. Obviously scoring five, it's not real, but for those who think it's easy, it's not."
The last player to score five goals in the match was Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings on February 2, 2011. Darryl Sittler of the Toronto Maple Leafs was the last player to score six goals in a match, 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 the match with the Quebec Bulldogs in January 1920. He also had six goals and three five goals.
Brandon Tanev, Blake Wheeler, and Brandon Lemieux also scored for the Jets who broke their first two defeats this season.
Laurent Brossoit allowed four goals from 27 shots for his first career victory against St. Louis. He increased to 4-1-1.
Chad Johnson allowed six goals in 25 shots and fell to 2-5-0. He was attracted to Jake Allen after allowing his sixth goal, and Laine was fourth from the game. Allen stopped nine of the 11 shots he faced with relief.
Thunder five goals Laine gave him 16 league goals in 10 November matches and 11 in his last four matches.
"I feel like every time I touch the chip it somehow enters somehow," Laine said. "It was one of those nights. Maybe it won't happen in a while, but we will hope that happens. This is a great night for myself and my friends."
Laine's teammates Bryan Little and Kyle Conner combined to help four of Laine's five goals.
"It's there," Little said about how Laine's appearance piled up to the achievements he had witnessed during his career. "This honestly looks like every time we have a chip, we will make some bait and Patty wide open in the slot. We just found it. I think he missed one chance tonight and scored on another, so that shows how good a shooter is he. "
Laine scored his first 16:26 goal in the first period when he buried a pass from Little for just 41 seconds after Wheeler tied the game all-round with his fourth goal of the season.
Tarasenko tied up the 2-all game 1:24 later, when he took 10 matches without scoring with his seventh goal of the season.
Laine's second goal came in a power game with Vladimir Tarasenko serving a two-minute penalty for roughing and putting Winnipeg up 3-2.
Laine finished the hat trick of his seventh career and third of November when he beat Johnson 12:53 to the second period.
Defenseman Blues's Joel Edmundson fought Tyler Myers shortly after Laine's third goal, but that didn't change the flow as Laine scored his fourth goal later in the day.
Laine netted his fifth goal as he pushed a pass from Little Allen, becoming the 45th player in NHL history to score five goals.
"We have to play it harder," said left winger David Perron. "Looks like we really respect him."
Perron, Ryan O & # 39; Reilly, and Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues who have not won consecutive matches since beating Carolina and San Jose on November 6 and November 9.
"This is difficult to swallow, especially after the effort we gave last night beat a team like that," said Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo. "We must be ready to play."
NOTE: LW Blues Brayden Schenn slides in the 100th game with the team. . Perron scored his first goal in 14 matches. .. Jets RW Blake Wheeler slid in his 800th NHL match. … Laine has scored 13 goals in 11 career matches against St. Louis.
Jets: Host of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday
Blues: In Detroit on Wednesday to start a three-match trip.
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