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Talbot stops 44 shots, Purcell scores two as Oilers win seventh straight at home

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EDMONTON - Cam Talbot made 44 saves and Teddy Purcell had two goals and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers won their seventh consecutive home game, defeating the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Monday.

Justin Schultz also scored for the Oilers (15-18-2), who snapped a three-game losing skid.

Bryan Little replied for the Jets (15-16-2), who have lost three of their last four games.

The Oilers started off the scoring 11 minutes into the first period as a Purcell shot ticked off a Winnipeg defender and past rookie goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who was making his fifth consecutive start. Taylor Hall picked up his 300th career point with an assist.

Hellebuyck made 11 saves on 14 shots before being replaced by Michael Hutchinson, who was perfect on all seven shots he faced.

Purcell scored his second of the game and eighth goal of the season a couple of minutes later, taking a long pass from Leon Draisaitl before rifling a one-timer into the net to make it 2-0 Edmonton.

Edmonton extended its lead eight minutes into the second frame as Purcell made a perfect feed from the corner to a pinching Schultz, who scored his first of the season. Michael Hutchinson came in to replace Hellebuyck, who allowed three goals on 14 shots.

Winnipeg made it 3-1 with eight minutes left in the second, as a point shot came off the glass to Little in front, and he batted it out of the air and past Talbot.

The Jets had the bulk of the chances in the scoreless third period, but Talbot stood on his head stopping 16 shots in the final 20 minutes. Edmonton registered just three shots in the third.

Winnipeg plays the Flames in Calgary Tuesday. The Oilers don't return to action until Saturday in Vancouver.

Notes: Winnipeg swept the three-game series with Edmonton last season. ??? the Oilers remain an injury-riddled squad, missing defencemen Brandon Davidson (upper body), Oscar Klefbom (finger) and Andrew Ference (undisclosed), as well as forwards Connor McDavid (collarbone), Rob Klinkhammer (ankle) and Nail Yakupov (ankle). ... Injured for Winnipeg were defenceman Grant Clitsome (back) and goalie Ondrej Pavelec (knee). ??? Jets defenceman Mark Stuart played in his 600th NHL game.

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