Pavelec, Jets make it five straight with win vs. Oilers

Derek Van Diest  - Correspondent | Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 1:42 AM

EDMONTON -- The Winnipeg Jets continue to make a strong push for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Drew Stafford, Lee Stempniak, Tyler Myers and Michael Frolik scored goals to help the Jets to a 4-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Monday.

With the victory, the Jets (38-23-12) maintained their four-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

"With a back-to-back, the first game is always really important," said Myers, as the Jets visit the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. "I thought we did a really good job of just sticking to our system. We didn't do anything special out there tonight, but I thought we played a solid, simple game. It was a little sloppy at the end, but for the most part, we kept it simple. We just stuck to our game plan and got the job done."

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the Oilers (20-40-13) to extend his point streak to six games. It was the first time in five games Edmonton was unable to earn at least a point.

Ondrej Pavelec made 33 saves for Winnipeg; Ben Scrivens made 20 saves for the Oilers.

"It's past the point of 'good try,'" Oilers center Derek Roy said. "At this point, it's about getting the job done, that's about it. Our power play (0-for-4) is not getting the job done. We have to go out there and work harder. When something's not going well, work harder. We outshot them, we had our chances to come back in the game, but (Pavelec) made some big saves and we didn't bury our chances. We played well in the third period, we just didn't get off to a good enough start."

Stafford opened the scoring at 7:32 of the first period when he intercepted an Oscar Klefbom cross-ice pass attempt at his own blue line, raced down the ice and beat Scrivens with a long shot.

Stempniak gave Winnipeg a 2-0 lead at 5:31 of the second period when he got to a loose puck in front and put it past Scrivens.

Myers extended the lead to 3-0 at 16:00 on a two-man advantage. The Jets defenseman took a pass at the point, walked in and snapped a shot through a screen past Scrivens.

"I like the way we were prepared to play," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "For the kind of game it was, the game changed at 3-0 a little bit, they had some real good chances, their game changed a little bit. But based on the two games we played prior with Edmonton, I'm happy with the way we played. It wasn't perfect, we're scratching and clawing right now."

Nugent-Hopkins scored for Edmonton at 1:10 of the third period to end Pavelec's shutout streak at 138:02. Nugent-Hopkins took a pass from left wing Taylor Hall in the slot and snapped a shot past Pavelec for his fourth goal in the past three games.

"There were not enough battles won tonight on the power play," said Nugent-Hopkins, who leads the Oilers with 23 goals. "At the end, (Jordan Eberle) gave me a great pass and I put it over the top of the net. That would have made our power play look a little better, but at the same time, I don't think it was great tonight. We have to find a way to win some battles and get the puck set up in the zone."

Frolik scored on the power pay at 12:17 to give Winnipeg a 4-1 lead. The Jets forward was first to a long rebound in the slot and lifted a shot over Scrivens.

The Oilers were unable to mount a comeback against Pavelec, who has given up five goals during the Jets' five-game win streak. Pavelec was named the NHL's First Star on Monday for the week ending Sunday.

"I didn't do anything different tonight. The guys in front of me played really well and we were able to get the win. That's the most important thing," Pavelec said. "It was really important to get the lead against Edmonton, they have some really skilled players and they can make some plays. They are playing without any pressure and they have nothing to lose. We didn't expect this to be easy and I think we handled it pretty well."

Oilers defenseman Andrew Ference and center Boyd Gordon left the game in the first period with injuries and did not return. Ference sustained an upper-body injury after a collision with Jets forward Chris Thorburn. Gordon left because of a back injury.

"Both players are irreplaceable in our lineup," Oilers forward Matt Hendricks said. "Andrew with his leadership ability and the veteran presence he brings to the back end, and Gordon's the same. His faceoff and penalty killing abilities were missed tonight."

Jets forward Blake Wheeler left in the first period after taking a puck in the face, but he returned in the third.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
07:32WPG Drew Stafford (16) ASST: NONE 1 - 0 WPG
2nd Period
05:31WPG Lee Stempniak (11) ASST: Jim Slater (6), Jiri Tlusty (14) 2 - 0 WPG
16:00WPG PPG - Tyler Myers (7) ASST: Toby Enstrom (18) 3 - 0 WPG
3rd Period
01:10EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (23) ASST: Taylor Hall (21), Oscar Klefbom (14) 3 - 1 WPG
12:17WPG PPG - Michael Frolik (17) ASST: Andrew Ladd (34), Jay Harrison (6) 4 - 1 WPG
Three Stars of the Game
Ondrej Pavelec
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 27-28
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .971SH: 2-2
Tyler Myers
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 22:52
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:25
Penalty Summary
1st Period
17:24EDM Anton Lander  Roughing against  Chris Thorburn
17:24WPG Chris Thorburn  Roughing against  Anton Lander
17:24WPG Drew Stafford  Roughing against  Anton Lander
2nd Period
15:27EDM Mark Fayne  Slashing against  Drew Stafford
15:31EDM Martin Marincin  Hi-sticking against  Drew Stafford
18:39EDM Taylor Hall  Cross checking against  Jacob Trouba
3rd Period
03:12WPG Tyler Myers  Tripping against  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
09:10WPG Jacob Trouba  Slashing against  Rob Klinkhammer
10:48EDM Taylor Hall  Too many men/ice - bench
18:31WPG Adam Lowry  Tripping against  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/40/4
Faceoff Wins3522
Blocked Shots1022
Penalty Minutes1010
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5M. StuartD00-11022:25
8J. TroubaD00-10224:37
12D. StaffordR1011219:35
15M. HalischukR000007:07
16A. LaddL01-12019:23
17A. LowryC00-11213:54
19J. SlaterC0111014:03
20L. StempniakR1015014:51
22C. ThorburnR0002210:32
23J. HarrisonD0102013:11
26B. WheelerR0011011:33
39T. EnstromD0121024:19
55M. ScheifeleC0011020:34
57T. MyersD1022222:52
58E. O'DellC000107:34
67M. FrolikR10-12019:31
91J. TlustyR0111013:23
31O. Pavelec3334.97160:00
4T. HallL0104218:52
5M. FayneD00-11216:51
8D. RoyC0003014:55
10N. YakupovR0005015:28
12R. KlinkhammerL000309:30
14J. EberleR0000019:54
16T. PurcellR0002017:48
19J. SchultzD0001028:21
21A. FerenceD000002:27
23M. HendricksL0003013:49
27B. GordonC000002:52
51A. LanderC00-13217:34
58A. MillerR00-11012:46
67B. PouliotL00-15018:05
84O. KlefbomD0101025:16
85M. MarincinD0000214:18
86N. NikitinD00-10025:47
30B. Scrivens2024.83360:00