Jets edge Oilers 4-3

Thursday, 28 December 2017 03:48 Written by  Published in Game Stories Read 301 times
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Joel Armia scored twice and Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 21 shots as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Edmonton Oilers by a 4-3 score Wednesday night. Bryan Little and Kyle Connor added singles as the Jets launched their post-Christmas break by earning their 21st win of the season (21-11-6). Leon Draisaitl, Jesse Puljujarvi and Jujhar Khaira replied for the Oilers, who dropped to 17-18-2 on the season. Connor McDavid finished with a pair of assists for Edmonton. Cam Talbot turned aside 35 shots for Edmonton, who return home to face the Chicago Blackhawks Friday while Winnipeg hosts the New York Islanders. Leon Draisaitl gave the Oilers the lead 7:17 into the opening period with a shorthanded marker. Connor McDavid broke into the Jets zone with speed before pulling Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck out of position before dishing off to Draisaitl who fired a low shot past him. The goal was his 9th of the season. Winnipeg pulled even just under a minute later when Bryan Little snagged the puck off of the end boards on a shot by Nikolaj Ehlers and fired the disc past Cam Talbot at 8:12. The goal was his 6th of the season. Joel Armia gave the Jets the lead at the 14:44 mark when he converted a Matt Hendricks feed past Talbot as he rocketed a high shot past the Oilers netminder, beating him high glove side. Hendricks scooped the puck out of the right corner and fed Armia, who set up before beating Talbot with a high shot. The lead was short lived however, as Jesse Puljujarvi scooped up a rebound off a Kris Russell shot and fired a low shot past Hellebuyck to score his 7th of the season at 16:07. Kyle Connor scored 54 seconds into the second period, finishing off a two-on-one with Blake Wheeler perfectly to give the Jets a 3-2 lead. The goal was his 11th of the season. Mark Scheifele went down with what appeared to be a shoulder injury at the 7:37 mark of the second period when he crashed heavily into the end boards in the Oilers end when he got tangled up with Edmonton defenceman Brandon Davidson. The Jets assistant captain had to be helped off the ice and did not return. Joel Armia gave the Jets a two-goal cushion 9:48 into the second period after he intercepted a partner pass in his own end and raced the length of the ice before beating Talbot low glove side with a wrister to make it 4-2 Winnipeg. The goal was his 6th of the season. Jujhar Khaira scored at 10:35 to pull Edmonton within a goal as he beared down on Hellebuyck before snapping a high wrister past him, beating him high blocker side to make it 4-3. SHOTS-EDMONTON 25 WINNIPEG 39 ATTENDANCE-15,294
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Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.