A game many fans likely considered to be a throw-away evolved into one of the more exciting match-ups of this early season as it took overtime for the Winnipeg Jets to defeat the New York Islanders by final score of 5-4.
The Isles would open the scoring early in the first period after David Ullstrom collected a Tobias Enstrom offensive-zone turnover and snapped a wrist shot past Al Montoya's glove hand.
Over the next two periods, Winnipeg would respond with two goals of their own -- Alexei Ponikarovsky's and Bryan Little both scoring their first of the year, giving the Jets a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.
Then the train came off the rails for the Jets.
The opening face-off of the third period left much to be desired as Tobias Enstrom blew a tire, leading to a John Tavares breakaway goal that knotted the score at 2-2.
Only minutes later, Matt Moulson would tip a Tavares point-shot past the unsuspecting Jets' goaltender, giving the Isles their second lead of the game. Then, just short of the midway mark of the period, Mark Streit ripped a powerplay bomb that deflected off Jim Slater and through a screened Montoya, who suffered the brunt of Winnipeg's defensive lapses all night.
Though down, the Jets were not out. David Ullstrom's hooking penalty shortly after Streit's 4-2 goal awoke Winnipeg's powerplay from their early doldrums. Dustin Byfuglien -- who has been an absolute rockstar early this season -- used his patented slapshot to quickly make it 4-3. Alexander Burmistrov would complete the comeback two minutes later, wristing a shot over Evgeni Nabokov's glove shoulder, tying the game once again and forcing overtime.
Tonight's extra frame would be a back-and-forth affair with both team's registering chances before Evander Kane deposited a Olli Jokinen rebound in the back on New York's net, cementing yet another victory for the Jets.
With the win, the Jets have now won three in a row and have collected points in their past four games, keeping pace with their white-hot divisional opponent, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
From here, the Jets will head out back east to take on the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night.