Leon Draisaitl’s third-period aim proved to be the winner because the Edmonton Oilers rallied from two objectives down and beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2
EDMONTON, Alberta — Leon Draisaitl’s third-period aim proved to be the winner because the Edmonton Oilers rallied from two objectives down and beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 on Saturday night time.
“I believe that we’re resilient. We discovered other ways to stay round and win hockey video games. It’s clearly a giant a part of making the playoffs. I believe we’ve performed an important job of that this 12 months. Clearly, we have now to maintain that going,” Draisaitl stated.
Connor McDavid had a aim and an help, and Darnell Nurse and Devin Shore additionally scored. Mike Smith made 29 saves. The Oilers have gained three consecutive video games and are tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs atop the North Division. Edmonton was coming off a 2-1 win on Thursday night time.
Andrew Copp and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves within the loss.
“We don’t prefer it. The locker room will not be thrilled proper now, in order that’s a superb signal,” Jets ahead Blake Wheeler stated.
Copp scored the primary aim of the sport on an influence play at 10:36 of the primary. Nikolaj Ehlers fired a puck that pinballed off an Oilers defenseman and Copp’s stick earlier than discovering the again of the online.
Dubois doubled the Jets’ lead with 4:33 left within the opening interval. McDavid responded virtually two minutes later, slicing the Jets’ lead in half.
Neither aspect scored within the second because the goaltenders stored the shooters at bay. Smith even made a highlight-reel save after almost costing his staff a aim.
Smith made an errant go from behind his personal aim that was intercepted by Jets ahead Kyle Connor, who had an open cage to shoot at, however Smith caught the puck in mid-air together with his glove.
“I’ve stated all of it alongside, (Smith) is among the greatest athletes I’ve ever coached. You see it on show there tonight. I simply talked about it. He makes well timed saves. I’ve seen him play like this for a very long time. He’s in a groove. He’s taking part in very effectively and he’s a giant a part of our staff,” Oilers coach Dave Tippett stated.
Nurse tied the sport within the third interval together with his tenth of the season, beating Hellebuyck with a shot that nestled into the right-hand nook of the aim.
Draisaitl capped off the comeback with a aim after arising ice on a 2-on-1 with McDavid. McDavid fed Draisaitl a go that he slapped previous Hellebuyck to take the lead.
Shore’s empty-net aim with 1:20 left to play within the recreation gave the Oilers all of the respiratory room they wanted to safe the victory.
McDavid tied Auston Matthews for NHL objectives lead with 21, and padded his league-leadings factors (60) and assists (39) whole. He prolonged his factors streak to 9 video games. He has seven objectives and 20 factors in that span.
Jets: At Vancouver on Monday and Wednesday nights.
Oilers: At Montreal Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights.