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Lemieux scores two, Jets hand Oilers sixth straight loss

Rookie's second goal breaks tie with 5:58 remaining; Winnipeg wins for first time in three games

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

Lemieux's great deflection

WPG@EDM: Lemieux tips Morrow's shot past Koskinen

Brendan Lemieux redirects Joe Morrow's shot over Mikko Koskinen's shoulder, putting the Jets ahead with his second goal of the game

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EDMONTON -- Brendan Lemieux scored two goals, including the game-winner with 5:58 remaining, and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 at Rogers Place on Monday.

Brandon Tanev and Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets (25-12-2), who won for the first time in three games. Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves for his 100th NHL win.

"It felt great, it's good to be a difference-maker," Lemieux said. "I thought our line played really well tonight. That was the first time we we've had that dynamic with [Andrew Copp] in the middle and [Jack Roslovic] on the wing. I loved our game. There was some stuff we could clean up, but I was really happy with our line tonight."

 

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Leon Draisaitl scored two goals, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and assist for the Oilers (18-18-3), who have lost a season-high six straight games. Connor McDavid had two assists, and Mikko Koskinen made 32 saves.

"It was definitely a better effort than the game before (a 7-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday), but it was still not good enough to beat a team like that," Draisaitl said. "We are making too many little mistakes, and that starts with me and the top guys. We have to clean that up, but I thought we played a solid game that probably could have gone either way."

Video: WPG@EDM: Draisaitl flips backhand past Hellebuyck

Nugent-Hopkins scored at 14:50 of the first period to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead, converting a pass from McDavid from the slot.

Tanev tied it 1-1 at 4:39 of the second, tipping in a point shot from Jacob Trouba.

Lemieux gave the Jets a 2-1 lead at 6:02 when he scored in a scramble in front of Koskinen.

"I was fresh off the bench and I was trying to hide behind the play, and then I figured this was not where I score my goals, I have to get to the paint, and so I did that," Lemieux said. "The puck was bouncing around like crazy, and [Copp] should have scored before that, the puck bounced across the line, and I was able to get a whack at it right before the whistle blew and it crawled across the line."

Video: WPG@EDM: Lemieux puts in hard work for goal

Draisaitl tied it 2-2 on the power play at 18:03. He took a pass from Darnell Nurse at the left face-off circle and one-timed a shot past Hellebuyck.

Wheeler scored 29 seconds later to make it 3-2 at 18:32, capitalizing on a turnover by Oilers rookie defenseman Caleb Jones.

Draisaitl tied it 3-3 at 7:23 of the third period, taking a pass in front from McDavid and scoring with a quick backhand shot.

"I thought those guys that we go to every game played their hearts out," Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "McDavid, Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins played their hearts out, and we need more support for those players. The cavalry isn't coming for those players. We need the bottom end of our team to start playing better if we expect to get to the next level. We're covering our own weight at the top, but we need better play from the bottom end of our group."

Lemieux tipped a shot from Joe Morrow at 14:02 to put the Jets up 4-3. It was the rookie's first two-goal game in the NHL in his 32nd game.

Hellebuyck made a glove save on Draisaitl with 23.2 seconds left to preserve the win.

"I had time to take a look and find out where [the Oilers] were," Hellebuyck said. "I knew [Draisaitl] must be backdoor where I couldn't see him. So when [Nugent-Hopkins] got that puck when it popped out, I just knew exactly where it was going. He was on his backhand, so he was not going to shoot that, so I knew exactly where he was going."

 

They said it

"I think we have a lot of big things to work on, and because we have such a young team, there's a lot to learn. But we are pleased that while we're on this process of kind of developing these young players, we've been able to win a bunch of hockey games." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice

 

"Being an Oiler, it's an unbelievable feeling. Not the best feeling after game, but it was good to get the nerves out and I am really excited to be here." -- Oilers defenseman Alexander Petrovic, an Edmonton native who was acquired in a trade from the Florida Panthers on Sunday

 

Need to know

Hellebuyck got his 100th win in his 179th NHL game, tying Ryan Miller for fourth fastest by a United States-born goalie behind Frank Brimsek (150), Jimmy Howard (171) and Ben Bishop (178). … Oilers forward Milan Lucic had two goals in 82 games in 2018. … McDavid has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in a four-game multipoint streak.

 

What's next

Jets: At the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, ATTSN-PT, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Oilers: At the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; SN, SN1, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

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