Kyle Connor scores in Triple Overtime to give Jets 4-0 series sweep over Oilers Featured

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 06:41 Written by  Published in Game Stories
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Connor scored 6:52 into triple overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 win in game four and a first round series sweep over the Edmonton Oilers Monday night.

The game ended just past 1 AM local time.

Neal Pionk knocked the puck down and chipped it off of the boards after Connor McDavid attempted to get the puck past him.

Connor picked up the puck, moved across the blue line on his off wing and fired a wrister past Mike Smith, beating him on the blocker side to give the Winnipeg Jets their first playoff series sweep in their history.

"I was pretty tired on the backcheck. You know I didn't wanna change there. You know P(ionk) made a great play on McDavid there and chopped it up the wall. I turned back and nobody was around. You know I just tried to get it on net. I was pretty tired at the end of that shift," said Connor.

Mark Scheifele scored twice and Mason Appleton added a goal for Winnipeg.

Josh Morrissey had a pair of assists Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves for Winnipeg.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist for Edmonton.

Connor McDavid and Alex Chiasson each scored for the Oilers.

Leon Draisaitl had a pair of assists.

Mike Smith stopped 39 shots for Edmonton.

The Jets struck first on the power play.

With Adam Larsson off for holding Josh Morrissey found Blake Wheeler open at the top of the right faceoff circle, the Jet captain hit Mark Scheifele with a cross ice seam pass that Scheifele one timed past Edmonton goaltender Mike Smith beating him just inside the post to make it 1-0 Jets.

The lead was short lived, however as Connor McDavid cruised through the neutral zone and worked a give and go with Leon Draisaitl before scoring on a wraparound 1:17 later.

The goal was his first of the playoffs.

Mason Appleton made it 2-1 at 15:55, redirecting a Josh Morrissey shot past Smith.

Adam Lowry worked the puck back to Morrissey at the left point before the Jet defenceman moved in and fired a wrister that Appleton got his stick on at the hash marks in front of the net.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tied it 3:44 into the second, grabbing his own rebound off his skate before kicking the puck up to his stick and beating Hellebuyck with a backhand deke.

The goal was his first of the playoffs.

With Pierre-Luc Dubois off for holding Alex Chiasson pounced on a rebound off a Leon Draisaitl shot and shot the disc past an outstretched Hellebuyck to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead at 16:37.

Mark Scheifele tied the game just over six minutes into the third off a turnover when Oiler defenceman Ethan Bear threw the puck up the center of the ice right onto Blake Wheeler's stick.

Wheeler sidestepped a sprawling Slater Koekkoek before sliding the puck to Kyle Connor in the slot who in turn hit Scheifele with a nifty backhand pass which the Jet centreman rifled past Smith, beating him high glove side to make it 3-3 at 6:01.

The goal was his second of the playoffs and sent the game into overtime.

There was no scoring in the first overtime period.

There was no scoring in the second overtime period.

Kyle Connor scored the game winner 6:52 into the third overtime period to give the Jets the win.

Oilers defenceman Tyson Barrie said his club left everything they had on the ice.

"I thought we played a hell of a game. We tried, you know we gave everything we had so at the end of the day you don't want to leave anything out there and I don't think we did tonight. We battled. All the guys battled. It's disappointing."

The Jets will face the winner of the Montreal/Toronto series.

Toronto leads that series 2-1.


NOTES-The game was the longest game in Winnipeg's NHL history.

Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse logged 62:07 in icetime in game four.

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.