Jets end off sweep of Oilers with 4-3 victory in 3 OTs

Kyle Connor scored 6:52 into the third additional time interval, lifting the Winnipeg Jets to a first-round sequence sweep of the Edmonton Oilers with a 4-3 victory

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Kyle Connor scored 6:52 into the third additional time interval, lifting the Winnipeg Jets to a first-round sequence sweep of the Edmonton Oilers with a 4-3 victory Monday night time.

Mark Scheifele scored twice and Mason Appleton added a objective for the Jets, who eradicated the Oilers within the playoffs for the primary time. It was the longest recreation in Winnipeg’s historical past.

“It was our mentality the entire additional time to only get pucks on web,” Connor mentioned. “So shot that one and yeah, that one feels fairly good.”

Between intervals, the Jets cracked jokes, chugged water and snacked on bananas and vitality bars.

“You’ve obtained to maintain it mild as a result of it’s clearly a really tense state of affairs,” captain Blake Wheeler mentioned. “However we’ve had a superb vibe in our room all yr so that you simply attempt to maintain it mild and maintain everybody free and maintain everybody hydrated — and inform the younger guys like Kyle to get going and put an finish to this factor.”

Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves for Winnipeg, which can face the winner of the opposite North Division sequence between Toronto and Montreal. The Maple Leafs took a 2-1 sequence lead Monday night time with a 2-1 victory.

So earlier than the subsequent spherical, the Jets will get some much-needed relaxation after taking part in three straight additional time video games — together with two on back-to-back nights. The lengthy recreation Monday had weary gamers gasping for air once they headed to the bench.

Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Alex Chiasson scored for Edmonton, which hasn’t received a playoff sequence since 2017.

“I give our gamers credit score, they battled arduous,” Oilers coach Dave Tippett mentioned. “That’s not a straightforward recreation. We didn’t get the end result we wished final night time, you are available in right here and we’ve obtained to play a back-to-back. We had lots of gamers play very properly. It’s simply disappointing we couldn’t get the win.”

Mike Smith stopped 39 pictures for the Oilers, who had excessive hopes for the postseason after ending second within the North Division forward of third-place Winnipeg. Edmonton additionally received the regular-season sequence 7-2.

“It took all items of our recreation,” Jets coach Paul Maurice mentioned. “I feel the concept going into the sequence was that the common season was a inform someway, and I didn’t really feel that means. I feel (Edmonton) is a really, superb crew … (with) the 2 greatest offensive gamers on this planet (in McDavid and Leon Draisaitl). In a bunch of these video games, it was very, very shut. And very similar to the sequence, proper? They’re all one-goal video games. And there was a bit to our recreation that obtained higher in every a type of.”

Maurice referred to as back-to-back video games within the postseason “egregious.” Requested to explain his feelings, he mentioned: “Nicely, exhaustion tonight.”

The Jets struck first on a power-play objective by Scheifele at 6:16 of the primary interval.

Simply 1:17 later, McDavid — the NHL’s main scorer within the common season — obtained his first objective of the sequence when he scored on a wraparound after a give-and-go with Draisaitl.

The Jets regained the lead off Appleton’s deflection of Josh Morrissey’s shot at 15:55 of the primary.

Nugent-Hopkins tied it once more at 3:44 of the second, scoring on a backhand into the highest nook.

The Oilers took their first lead at 16:37 of the second on Chiasson’s power-play objective. However it was short-lived as Scheifele linked for his second objective of the night time on a slap shot at 6:01 of the third.

TV cameras caught McDavid shaking his head in frustration on Edmonton’s bench.

“I feel we’re a bunch that expects extra from ourselves. We’re a bunch that we need to push and proceed to develop,” McDavid mentioned. “And clearly we didn’t do this within the playoffs. We’re nonetheless bitter. I don’t assume anybody’s going to disclaim that.”

NOTES: Wheeler took a shot within the groin late within the third and headed straight to the dressing room bent over in ache. He was again on the ice for additional time. “I’ve obtained three stunning children, we’re not having any extra, so what the hell,” he mentioned with amusing. … Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse logged 62 minutes, 7 seconds, the third-most in NHL historical past since statisticians beginning monitoring taking part in time. … It was the Jets’ first sequence win since 2018, once they beat Minnesota in 5 video games after which Nashville in seven earlier than shedding to Vegas within the convention finals. … This was the primary postseason sequence between the groups since 1990, when Edmonton received in seven video games within the Smythe Division semifinals.

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