The first meet-up between the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets starts with a bang. Just shy of five minutes into the first, Adam Lowry shows once again why he is a force to be reckoned with. Lowry fights along the boards, loses the puck, Andrew Copp keeps it in and Lowry is able to score his first of the game. Moments later, Mathieu Perreault passes off to Lowry who fails on his first attempt, but makes no mistake on the rebound and scores his second of the game. Not to be outdone, Connor McDavid gets his first on the power play. 22 seconds later, Nikolaj Ehlers battles to maintain the zone, sends a nifty little pass back to Ben Chiarot who sends an absolute missile from the blue line. At the end of 20, Jets are up 3-1.
Jets start the second period on the power play following a too many men call against Edmonton. In the dying seconds of the PP, Patrik Laine throws the puck towards the net and Mark Scheifele capitalizes on the rebound. Jets are up 4-1 and everything is looking up. At the end of the period, shots are pretty even at 25-24 in favour of the Jets who lead 4-1. The second was quick-paced, but no additional goals in the remaining 19 minutes.
Expecting a dull third period as the Jets tighten things up to maintain their dominant lead? Psych. Just 18 seconds into the third, the Oilers get back on the board courtesy of a drop pass by McDavid and a goal from Ty Rattie, his first of the season. Copp gets called for holding and McDavid gets his second of the night on the power play, pulling the Oilers within one. With 6:21 left in the third, the Oilers tie it up with their third unanswered goal of the period. McDavid to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to Jesse Puljujarvi who tips it past Connor Hellebuyck. We are heading to overtime.
Let’s just make this short and sweet - 1:25 in, Laine and Ehlers let Darnell Nurse walk right in and he puts the nail in the coffin. The Jets lose to the Oilers 5-4 in OT.
Feel free to hate watch this GIF...— JetsNation (@NHLJetsNation) October 17, 2018
Nurse with a nice move. Nice shot. Game over. pic.twitter.com/wfUgJmd9QE
- How many times can we say it? The defense on this team is alarming. Once again, the Morrissey-Trouba pairing is the only one of note and the Morrow-Myers pairing is one we would all like to forget. Morrissey topped the defense in ice time, with Myers just behind.
- Brendan Lemieux made his season debut. It was a sheltered game for Lemieux, with only 6 minutes of ice time.
- Ehlers can easily put himself in the right spot but so often opts not to shoot. It seems like a moment of brilliance is followed by a miscalculation - the kid needs a jump start, stat.
- Let’s forget this one.