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NHL: Andrew Ladd helps Jets beat Penguins for first home win of season

Published January 25, 2013 11:14 pm

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Winnipeg, Manitoba • Sidney Crosby appeared to put the Pittsburgh Penguins on their way to an easy road win — until the Winnipeg Jets took back their rink.

The Jets shrugged off an early two-goal deficit to beat the Penguins 4-2 on Friday for their first home win of the season.

Captain Andrew Ladd scored the winner in the second period, while Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler, with a late empty-net goal, also scored for the Jets.

"I thought the leadership really did a wonderful job in handling the game," said coach Claude Noel, who has been preaching a tighter defensive style.

It didn't start all that well, after Crosby put on a scoring clinic in the first with two goals to give the Penguins the lead.

"We didn't manage the puck very well," Noel said. "They forced us quickly to play a quick north and south game and we turned a lot of pucks over."

Winnipeg benefited from some great saves by Ondrej Pavelec.