Oilers score late: Hand Jets their third straight loss Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Leon Draisaitl fired the game winner with 2:13 left in the third period on the power play when Connor McDavid found him alone in the left faceoff circle.

The Oiler centreman made no mistake, one timing the disc through a sprawled Connor Hellebuyck to make it 2-1.

Most of the night the Oiler offence was stymied by Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck who made 36 saves.

Darnell Nurse and Ryan Mcleod also scored for the Oilers.

Stuart Skinner turned aside 25 shots for Edmonton, who moved to 9-12-1.

Cole Perfetti scored for the Jets.

Winnipeg dropped their third straight game to move to 12-8-2.

The Oilers carried the play through most of the first period, outshooting the Jets 12-8.

With Brett Kulak off for holding the stick, Cole Perfetti got the Jets on the board with a power play marker at 8:27 when he tipped a Mark Schiefele shot from the slot past Skinner.

The goal was his 8th of the season.

Kyle Connor nearly extended the lead just under five minutes into the second when he broke in alone on Skinner but failed to beat the Oiler goaltender.

Mattias Janmark had a chance to tie the contest late in the second period when he broke in alone on Hellebuyck shortanded but the Jets goaltender was equal to the task.

Darnell Nurse tied the contest 13:11 into the third after taking a Ryan Mcleod feed in the netural zone before moving in and unleashing a wrister that Hellebuyck got a piece of before the disc slid past his outstretched glove.

The goal was his 4th of the season.

Leon Draisaitl scored a late power play goal to tie the game at one.

Ryan McLeod added an empty netter to seal the win for the Oilers.

"If there's a right way to win, that's what it looks like. I thought the guys stuck with it all night. I thought we did a...just a great job in both ends overall," said Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner, who made 25 saves. "I think especially in this game we did a really good job with that (locking the game down). Obviously there is some tweaks that has to be made. As always every win every loss you know there's some things to improve on."

Oilers Head Coach Kris Knoblauch thought his club's effort was consistent on the night.

“I was very happy with our guys. There could, obviously, have been frustration. I thought we played pretty well for the first 40 minutes, could have had some goals. Their goalie played really well. A few missed chances, just missing wide, and the guys didn’t deviate from the game plan and stuck with it. We got a little bit of a break on the first goal, but I think it was deserved considering how many opportunities we had," he said.

Jets Head Coach Rick Bowness said his club got dominated in the faceoff circle and that was a key factor for the loss.

"Our biggest problem tonight was faceoffs. They killed us in the faceoff circle, so you’re chasing them all the time. We’re not trying to sit back, but they’re winning so many faceoffs we end up chasing them. We won 29 per cent, they won 71, I mean, that’s pretty much the whole game we’re chasing them. So that’s an issue. But look at the first shift in that third period, we went right after them. And that was a Grade A, we had a good opportunity there but just couldn’t get that second goal.”



Philip Paul-Martin

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