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10/03/2016 18:43 EDT | Updated 10/04/2017 01:12 EDT

Highly touted prospect Kyle Connor leads Jets past Senators 4-2 in pre-season

WINNIPEG — Highly touted rookie forward Kyle Connor scored the deciding goal on the power play as the Winnipeg Jets won their fourth straight exhibition game with a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday.

Connor, a finalist for the Hobey Baker award while with the University of Michigan last season, broke a 2-2 tie at 7:02 of the third period when his high shot from the side of the net glanced off goalie Andrew Hammond. It was Connor's third goal of the pre-season.

Senators forward Max McCormick had been in the penalty box on a double minor for roughing.

Nikolaj Ehlers was credited with an empty-net goal with five seconds left in the game when he was tripped up on a breakaway.

It was Winnipeg's (4-1-0) ninth power-play goal out of the 17 times they've scored this pre-season.

Mark Scheifele had a power-play goal and Jets captain Blake Wheeler also scored and added an assist. Defenceman Dustin Byfuglien and forward Mathieu Perreault each had a pair of assists.

Michael Hutchinson played the entire game for the Jets and made 27 saves..

Hammond stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced for Ottawa (2-1-2), which got goals from Tom Pyatt, with a two-man advantage, and Ryan Dzingel.

Ottawa outshot the Jets 15-12 in the scoreless first period.

Winnipeg forward Drew Stafford left the game late in the first period with an upper-body injury after crashing into the boards following a hit.

Dzingel scored on a wraparound at 3:59 of the second period, the first point for the speedy winger in four exhibition games.

Scheifele evened it 1-1 when Ehlers saw him at the side of the net and sent him a pass he put in the net at 10:49.

Ottawa quickly regained the lead with Pyatt's goal, scored 12 seconds in a two-man advantage with Jets defencemen Brenden Kichton and Byfuglien in the penalty box.

But with six seconds left in the middle period, Byfuglien redeemed himself when he sent a cross-ice pass to Wheeler, who tied the game 2-2 with a blast from the middle of the circle.

It was the final pre-season home game for the Jets, who finish their seven exhibition matches with trips to Edmonton Thursday and Minnesota Saturday.

The Senators wrap up their pre-season with a neutral-site game against Toronto on Tuesday in Saskatoon and will host Buffalo on Friday.