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Wednesday, October 19th (All times eastern)

Winnipeg Jets (1-3-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (3-0-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - It only took eight seconds for Kyle Wellwood to become a hero in Manitoba. Not bad for a 28-year-old born in Ontario.

The Winnipeg Jets will try to build off their first victory of the season tonight when they square off against a Toronto Maple Leafs team that's looking to put their initial setback of 2011-12 behind them.

Wellwood matched a franchise record in Monday's 2-1 win over the Penguins by scoring just eight seconds into the game. He equaled the feat first done by Atlanta Thrasher Ron Petrovicky on Dec. 20, 2003 that also came against Pittsburgh.

Tanner Glass also scored and Alexander Burmistrov assisted on both goals to help the Jets snap their three-game, season-opening losing streak and allow the city of Winnipeg to celebrate its first NHL victory since 1996.

"They have been waiting a long time for that one so it was nice to deliver one," Jets forward Andrew Ladd said about getting the win for the fans. "They have been great since day one, so it was nice to give them a little something to cheer about."

Though Winnipeg's power-play troubles continued -- the club went 0-for-5 versus Pittsburgh and is 0-for-17 on the man advantage this season -- goaltender Ondrej Pavelec stood tall with 28 saves to make sure the Penguins could not rally.

The 24-year-old had yielded nine goals in losing his first two starts.

"Pavelec was superb. I thought he was outstanding," said Jets head coach Claude Noel. "Pretty hard to fault his game. He made some key saves in that game."

Evander Kane did not play in the win due to a lower-body injury suffered while blocking a shot in the previous game, but he did practice on Tuesday in the hopes of returning tonight. Ron Hainsey, though, was unable to practice after suffering an upper-body injury in Monday's victory.

The Maple Leafs will conclude a five-game, season-opening homestand and won the first three contests of the residency prior to Monday's 3-2 overtime loss against the Avalanche.

James Reimer made 21 saves, but couldn't get in front of David Jones' rebound slam 1:11 into the extra frame.

"It was a frustrating loss because I thought we deserved a better fate," said Reimer. "I thought we played hard and battled, but they got one more bounce then we did."

With Toronto set to visit Boston on Thursday, head coach Ron Wilson is expected to give backup netminder Jonas Gustavsson his first start of the year either tonight or tomorrow.

Wilson will also hope that Phil Kessel can continue his surge. The forward has six goals and three assists through Toronto's first four games, giving him a point in 14 consecutive contests dating back to last season. He scored in Monday's loss along with Nikolai Kulemin.

The Maple Leafs, who failed to start the season 4-0 for a second straight year, have split their four-game series with the Jets franchise in each of the past three seasons. That also includes an even split of six games in Toronto.

10/19 10:38:27 ET


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