The Winnipeg Jets celebrate teammate Marko Dano's goal past Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday, March 14, 2016. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
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March 15, 2016

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Keeping it simple is starting to pay off for Marko Dano.

Dano had two goals and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Monday night.

Acquired in the deal that sent Jets captain Andrew Ladd to Chicago before the NHL trade deadline, Dano was held pointless in his first five games with Winnipeg, but now has three goals and two assists over his last four while playing in a top-6 role.

''When I came here I was trying to impress and I was probably trying too much,'' said Dano. ''When you're trying too much, the goals (won't) come for you. When you stop thinking about it and play your simple game, the goals come and you don't even know how.''

Monday was the second three-point game of Dano's career, with the other coming last March when he had an identical stat line in Vancouver while playing for Columbus.

''He's been getting better and better,'' said Jets defenseman Tyler Myers. ''He's been a really good addition for us.''

Myers and Alexander Burmistrov each added a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, and Mark Scheifele also scored to extend his points streak to eight games. Mathieu Perreault had two assists and Michael Hutchinson finished with 26 saves.

Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen scored for Vancouver, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 shots. The Canucks came in having won two straight for the eighth time this season, but failed to get their first three-game winning streak.

''In the morning skate I could tell we were light, thinking good things were going to start happening, like we could come to the rink and good things were going to happen,'' said Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins. ''It never works that way.''

Vancouver outshot Calgary 7-1 early on only to see Dano give the Flames a 1-0 lead when he deflected Myers' pass off the rush past Markstrom for his third of the season 4:28 in

Markstrom made a couple good saves to keep the Canucks' deficit at one, including a highlight-reel glove stop on Paul Postma, but was beaten cleanly between the pads with 3:15 left when Myers' centering pass deflected in off Vancouver's Derek Dorsett for his ninth.

Hutchinson, who wasn't tested much after the Canucks' early surge, made an excellent desperation stop on Sven Baertschi early in the second.

''In both the first and second period their team came out with a lot of jump, got some chances early, but then after that we took it to them,'' Hutchinson said. ''I was bored for three quarters of (each) period.''

Markstrom was busy at the other end and had to make an unorthodox save with about 7 minutes to go when he lost his blocker. Play was allowed to continue, with Dano swiping at a loose puck in the crease that the Vancouver goalie scooped up with his bare hand.

Winnipeg put the game out of reach with 2:20 left in the second off an odd-man rush when Burmistrov beat Markstrom with a quick shot for his seventh.

Scheifele then extended his point streak at 2:53 of the third with his team-leading 23rd on a 2-on-none break after Vancouver's Dan Hamhuis fell down.

The Jets made it 5-0 when Burmistrov's shot went in off Dano for his fourth at 6:45, but the Canucks spoiled Hutchinson's shutout bid 2:12 later when McCann's eighth deflected in off Winnipeg's Chris Thorburn.

Virtanen rounded out the scoring with his seventh with under a minute to go.

NOTES: Schiefele has eight goals and four assists during his point streak. ... McCann's goal was his first in 26 games. ... Vancouver lost F Markus Granlund and D Luca Sbisa to upper-body injuries. ... Jets D Dustin Byfuglien and Canucks F Alexandre Burrows both sat out with undisclosed ailments. ... Vancouver D Christopher Tanev returned to the lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury.

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