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Jets score six, hang on for win against Oilers

Wheeler breaks tie in third period; Scheifele has three points for Winnipeg

by Derek Van Diest / Independent Correspondent

Wheeler tips in Morrissey's blast

WPG@EDM: Wheeler deflects Morrissey's one-timer home

Josh Morrissey unloads a one-timer and Blake Wheeler set up in front of the net redirects the puck inside the far post to put the Jets up 6-5

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EDMONTON -- Blake Wheeler scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Winnipeg Jets held on for a 6-5 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Monday.

Wheeler scored on a deflection of Josh Morrissey's one-timer at 6:22 after Mark Scheifele stole the puck from Dominik Kahun at the top of the Oilers zone.

Scheifele had a goal and two assists, Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist, and Connor Hellebuyck made 40 saves for Winnipeg (9-5-1), which had lost two of three and will look to sweep the two-game set on Wednesday.

"I'm pretty happy, we got the win, so there's nothing else to think about," Scheifele said. "There are things we want to tighten up, but all in all, we got the win. That's what we've come here for is to get the two points and we got that. That's really all that matters."

Video: WPG@EDM: Scheifele cranks heavy one-timer for PPG

Alex Chiasson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each scored two goals for Edmonton (9-8-0), which had won three in a row. Mike Smith allowed four goals on 11 shots before being replaced in the second period by Mikko Koskinen, who made 11 saves.

"It was a weird game, every time we would get our game back and get something we would get scored on, and then we were trying to get that goal back," Chiasson said. "It was a weird night and we can't play that type of game against that team. They're too dangerous up front and they capitalize on their chances and I think a lot of their chances were on us making errors, and it's tough to win that way."

Scheifele scored with a one-timer on the power play to give the Jets a 1-0 lead at 6:30 of the first period, but Chiasson tied it 1-1 at 11:03 when he kept the puck and shot on a 2-on-1.

Video: WPG@EDM: Chiasson beats Hellebuyck with a wrister

Connor scored at 12:50 to make it 2-1 after knocking down a clearing attempt from Kailer Yamamoto and shooting quickly from the left face-off circle.

"I don't think that's the way the coaches drew it up, or maybe the goaltenders, but it sure made for some great hockey to watch. Definitely more fun on the winning side." Connor said. "They were trailing a couple in the second and started really opening it up, and we let off the gas for a bit. You do that with any team, especially the type of players they have over there, and they're going to put a couple in your net."

Mason Appleton scored 49 seconds into the second period to make it 3-1, and Nikolaj Ehlers pushed the lead to 4-1 at 2:31.

"We will feel like we gave up way too much, but there is a section, when you play Edmonton, that they take away from you, that they generate and it's just so good," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "And then, Kyle Connor is probably an example on our team, of guys that can do the same going the other way. There's some high, high-end skill there. Even if you are in the right spot, they're going to make the play. Aside from that, there was still a big chunk of the game that was loose and ugly, and really fun to watch, unless you would like to live a long life as a coach."

Nugent-Hopkins scored on the power play off a pass from Connor McDavid to make it 4-2 at 9:12 of the second, and Yamamoto cut it to 4-3 at 12:57 when he redirected a shot from Darnell Nurse.

"Anytime you give up six, it's obviously not a great night," Barrie said. "We left [Smith] out to dry there early and we tried to claw back, but it was just not a good enough defensive game from us, and we just made some mistakes that cost us."

Mathieu Perreault scored on a deflection that bounced past Koskinen at 14:15 to make it 5-3, but Chiasson's second of the game made it 5-4 at 17:39.

Video: WPG@EDM: Perreault pots redirection in the slot

Nugent-Hopkins tied it 5-5 at 2:55 of the third period, converting a cross-ice pass from Jesse Puljujarvi.

McDavid had the secondary assist on the goal, giving him 499 points in his 368th NHL game. Only two active players have reached 500 points in fewer than 400 games, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins (369) and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (373).

"You make some mistakes and they end up in the back of our net, so you're chasing the game," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. "The disappointing thing about that is, we got ourselves back in the game, then we gave it away again." 

Video: WPG@EDM: Nugent-Hopkins buries wrister for PPG

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