By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets tallied their third-straight win under Paul Maurice, beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in overtime on Saturday afternoon.
How it happened: Pretty uneventful first period when it comes to the score sheet. The Jets had their chances in the first, 11 record shots on net and many quality ones that sailed high, wide or into the Oilers players. Olli Jokinen was 5-1 on draws in the first period while Scheifele, Little and Wright was a combined 0-8. The Oilers looked lost and sloppy at times. The Jets on the other hand looked composed and organized in every situation.
The Jets did a lot of things right in the second frame. Problem is, they ended up on the wrong side of the scoring. Eric O’Dell took a hooking call and the Oilers went to work on the power play. Within seconds Jordan Eberle sniped one past Pavelec who has little chance on the shot. The Jets had their chances, 13 to be exact, but were stymied by a more focused Oilers defence. Two of the best chances for the Jets came from the fourth line of O’Dell, Wright and Peluso. The Jets were 0-for-2 on the power play in the period.
The Jets started out the period on the power play, but like their previous four before it, failed to convert. It would take an Enstrom hooking call to spark the Jets into action. Bryan Little rushed up the left side of the ice and juked around two Oiler defenders before finding Jacob Trouba for his sixth of the season to tie the game. The shorty was the Jets fourth of the season.
The Jets weren’t done there. Mark Scheifele notched his ninth of the season thanks to some nice work from Blake Wheeler who had been invisible for most of the game.
It would have been easy to count the Oilers out considering their woeful record, but with two minutes to go in the game, David Perron got his stick on a Jeff Petry point shot to ties the game.
Regulation wasn’t enough for the two teams and the game needed a bout of overtime.
And guess who? Jacob Trouba tapped home his second goal of the night, seventh of the season, as the Jets won 3-2 in overtime.
Shots: 37-21 for the Jets
What it means: The Jets, with the 3-2 win, have now won three-straight under the tutelage of Paul Maurice. After games against ailing teams, the Jets will now head out on a tough two-game set in the Pacific Division.
Jets player of the game: Jacob Trouba. Need I say more? Two goals including the game winner.
Jets stat of the game: Mark Scheifele scored his first goal at the MTS Centre this year. His previous eight goals all came on the road.
What is next for the Jets: The Jets take the Maurice Show on the road to face two of the Western Conference’s top teams in the Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks.