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Winnipeg Jets start strong but crash in second period as Oilers win 3-2

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WINNIPEG - The Edmonton Oilers looked lost for half a pre-season game Wednesday night, but Ryan Nugent-Hopkins goal midway through the second period sparked them to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

It was Edmonton's second pre-season win. The Jets are now 1-1.

Bogdan Yakimov and Justin Schultz also scored for Edmonton.

TJ Galiardi and Matt Halischuk scored for the Jets.

Galiardi got things started on a breakaway off a long pass from Will O'Neill and beat Laurent Brossoit at 14:09. Brossoit played last season in the ECHL and finished with Edmonton's AHL farm team in Oklahoma City.

Jets forward Evander Kane had a breakaway as well in the first and earned a penalty shot on a hook but hit the crossbar. Wednesday night was the debut of the Kane, Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler line.

The Oilers big guns were Yakimov, Jordan Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins.

Nugent-Hopkins took the first penalty of the game late in the first period and the Jets opened the second with 1:19 left in their power play. Halischuk cashed in at 1:11 off a pass from Kane as he snapped the puck past Brossoit's glove.

The Oilers made Brossoit work pretty hard in the second ??? at one point the Jets were ahead 17-8 on shots ??? but Nugent-Hopkins finally got the Oilers on the board with a slick shot as he rushed past Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba to beat Michael Hutchinson's glove.

That seemed to give the Oilers new life, after spending most of the period up to that point in front of their own net.

Yakimov tied the game off a cross-net pass from Vladimir Tkachev at 16:03 and with just nine seconds left in the period Tkachev fed Schultz in front of the Winnipeg net to make it 3-2. The Oilers ended up outshooting the Jets 12-10 in the second.

As a measure of how the complexion of the game changed, the Jets had managed only two shots in about 20 minutes of hockey midway through the third period while the Oilers had 20 in the same time span.

Tyler Rimmer relieved Brossoit for the third period but Hutchinson stayed in the Winnipeg net.

The Jets finally regained some momentum but Halischuk hit the crossbar with just over three minutes left on what could have been the tying goal.

Notes ??? The Jets sent six more of their young prospects back to their junior teams Wednesday: Axel Blomqvist, Eric Comrie, Chase De Leo, Jan Kostalek, Jimmy Lodge and Nelson Nogier.

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