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Pierre-Luc Dubois helps Kings beat Jets in return to Winnipeg

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  • Kings goaltender Cam Talbot makes a save on a shot...

    Kings goaltender Cam Talbot makes a save on a shot by Winnipeg Jets center Mason Appleton (22) during the first period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Kings rolled to a 5-1 win, their first of the season. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Pierre-Luc Dubois, left, passes the puck as he...

    The Kings’ Pierre-Luc Dubois, left, passes the puck as he is checked by the Winnipeg Jets’ Dylan Demelo during the first period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Winnipeg Jets’ Cole Perfetti, left, looks to pass the...

    The Winnipeg Jets’ Cole Perfetti, left, looks to pass the puck as Kings goaltender Cam Talbot protects the near post and the Kings’ Phillip Danault (24) defends during the first period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Pierre-Luc Dubois, center, and the Winnipeg Jets’ Kyle...

    The Kings’ Pierre-Luc Dubois, center, and the Winnipeg Jets’ Kyle Connor, left, battle along the boards as the Kings’ Kevin Fiala, right, tries to control the puck during the first period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele (55), Josh Morrissey (44) and...

    The Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele (55), Josh Morrissey (44) and Brenden Dillon (5) battle the Kings’ Blake Lizotte (46) and Trevor Moore (12) along the boards during the first period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Phillip Danault, right, passes the puck past the...

    The Kings’ Phillip Danault, right, passes the puck past the Winnipeg Jets’ Brenden Dillon (5) during the first period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Pierre-Luc Dubois, left, carries the puck past the...

    The Kings’ Pierre-Luc Dubois, left, carries the puck past the Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele during the first period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Vladislav Gavrikov, right, is checked by the Winnipeg...

    The Kings’ Vladislav Gavrikov, right, is checked by the Winnipeg Jets’ Neal Poink during the first period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Pierre-Luc Dubois, right, celebrates with Drew Doughty, left,...

    The Kings’ Pierre-Luc Dubois, right, celebrates with Drew Doughty, left, and Adrian Kempe after scoring his first goal as a King during the second period of their 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Pierre-Luc Dubois, right, celebrates his goal with teammates...

    The Kings’ Pierre-Luc Dubois, right, celebrates his goal with teammates as Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry, left, looks on during the second period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Drew Doughty, right, and the Winnipeg Jets’ Mark...

    The Kings’ Drew Doughty, right, and the Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele (55) battle for possession of the puck during the second period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Andreas Englund, left, scuffles with the Winnipeg Jets’...

    The Kings’ Andreas Englund, left, scuffles with the Winnipeg Jets’ Dylan Samberg during the second period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

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    The Kings’ Andreas Englund (5) fights with the Winnipeg Jets’ Dylan Samberg during the second period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Drew Doughty (8) takes the puck away from...

    The Kings’ Drew Doughty (8) takes the puck away from the Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele (55) during the second period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Phillip Danault, left, and the Winnipeg Jets’ Alex...

    The Kings’ Phillip Danault, left, and the Winnipeg Jets’ Alex Iafallo (9) battle for the puck during the second period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Arthur Kaliyev (34) celebrates his goal with Phillip...

    The Kings’ Arthur Kaliyev (34) celebrates his goal with Phillip Danault (24) during the third period of their game against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

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    The Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele, left, scores past Kings goaltender Cam Talbot during the third period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Kings head coach Todd McLellan instructs his players during the...

    Kings head coach Todd McLellan instructs his players during the third period of their game against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Phillip Danault, right, celebrates his goal with Jordan...

    The Kings’ Phillip Danault, right, celebrates his goal with Jordan Spence during the third period of their game against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Arthur Kaliyev (34) scores on Winnipeg Jets goaltender...

    The Kings’ Arthur Kaliyev (34) scores on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) during the third period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Jordan Spence (21) and the Winnipeg Jets’ Vladislav...

    The Kings’ Jordan Spence (21) and the Winnipeg Jets’ Vladislav Namestnikov (7) battle for the puck in front of Kings goaltender Cam Talbot during the third period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • The Kings’ Mikey Anderson, left, dumps the Winnipeg Jets’ Vladislav...

    The Kings’ Mikey Anderson, left, dumps the Winnipeg Jets’ Vladislav Namestnikov in front of the the Kings’ bench during the third period on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Winnipeg Jets head coach Rick Bowness watches the action from...

    Winnipeg Jets head coach Rick Bowness watches the action from behind the bench during the third period of their game against the Kings on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Kings goaltender Cam Talbot, left, celebrates with Drew Doughty (8)...

    Kings goaltender Cam Talbot, left, celebrates with Drew Doughty (8) and other teammates after their 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Pierre-Luc Dubois heard the boos from Winnipeg Jets fans who used to cheer him, but his goal and a 5-1 win with his new Kings team on Tuesday made his return a fun night.

“It was an honor to play here,” Dubois told reporters after the game. “They were passionate tonight even when they were booing me so it was great to see.”

Dubois was traded to the Kings from Winnipeg in June for forwards Gabriel Vilardi, Alex Iafallo and Rasmus Kupari. He had joined the Jets in January 2021 in a trade from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Some fans welcomed Dubois back by booing the center each time he touched the puck.

Trevor Moore had two goals and an assist to help the Kings pick up their first victory of the NHL season, while Cam Talbot made 26 saves. Phillip Danault recorded a goal and two assists and Arthur Kaliyev notched a goal and assist for the Kings (1-1-1).

Jets center Mark Scheifele averted a shutout by scoring with 1:16 remaining in the third period in front of 11,226 fans at 15,324-seat Canada Life Centre, which is believed to be the lowest attendance since the Jets moved to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011, outside of game restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots for Winnipeg (1-2-0).

The trade storyline didn’t end on a happy note for Vilardi, who was tripped by Kings forward Blake Lizotte 5:55 into the first period along the boards. Vilardi grabbed his right knee and skated off the ice putting some weight on it. He didn’t return.

Nikolaj Ehlers and Vladislav Namestnikov had turns replacing Vilardi on the top line with Scheifele and Kyle Connor.

Jets coach Rick Bowness didn’t have an update on Vilardi.

“Did we miss Gabe? Absolutely,” he said. “He’s our top guy, he’s a huge part of the power play. But injuries happen, you move on.”

Kings coach Todd McLellan was crossing his fingers for Vilardi.

“You never want to see anybody hurt, but one of your old teammates and a really good kid, you don’t want to see that at all,” he told reporters. “A complete accident. But we’re hoping that he can come back and heal up.

“He’s going to be a big part of this team. He’s a hell of a player and fans here in Winnipeg are going to enjoy not only him but the other two that came.”

There was no scoring in the first period, although it looked like Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey had a goal seven minutes into the period, but his blistering shot hit the crossbar and stayed out.

Winnipeg outshot the visitors 14-9 in the opening period.

“We needed to get back to how we played in the first, and we weren’t really able to do that,” Ehlers told the Canadian Press.

“It was a lot of east-west plays. … We were ripping that puck down for icing, all of us. That’s not how you’re going to get back into the game.”

Dubois scored his first goal of the season five seconds after a Winnipeg penalty expired, putting Anze Kopitar’s rebound past Hellebuyck at 11:01 of the second period.

Tempers erupted late in the period after Kings defenceman Andreas Englund hit Jets forward Cole Perfetti in the back and into the boards. Dylan Samberg jumped to Perfertti’s defense. Samberg and Englund were both dinged for fighting, but Samberg was also handed a penalty for instigating and a 10-minute misconduct.

The bad blood continued when Perfetti went into the corner and was called for cross-checking Matt Roy. Jets center Mark Scheifele and Kaliyev joined in and both got dinged for roughing.

The Kings, who outshot the Jets 12-4 in the second period, came out the winner on the scoreboard when Moore made it 2-0 at 16:19.

It was all Kings for most of the third, with Kaliyev scoring at 2:51, Moore netting his second at 14:31 and Danault scoring on the power play two minutes later.

Winnipeg was 0 for 4 on the power play and the Kings were 1 for 5.

FRANCHISE WORKHORSE

Kopitar played in his 646th career road game, tying Dustin Brown for the most road games played in franchise history. Kopitar is now one game away from tying Brown (1,296) for most games played all-time in franchise history.

Kopitar also became the second player in Kings’ history to record 750 assists, joining Marcel Dionne (757).

CHEEKY MOVE

Jets head coach Rick Bowness had some fun with the game’s subplot.

The starting line he sent on the ice was Iafallo, Kupari and Vilardi. They usually play on different lines.

UP NEXT

The Kings travel to Minnesota for a Thursday game against the Wild.

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