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GAME STORY: Jets 5, Oilers 4 (OT)

McDavid nets two assists, surpassing 300 career points, but the Oilers lose 5-4 in overtime against the Jets on Thursday

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

WINNIPEG, MB - Winnipeg Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey scored the game-winning goal 41 seconds into overtime to defeat the Oilers 5-4 on Thursday at Bell MTS Place.

Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl notched a pair of assists each, Darnell Nurse scored for the second game in a row and Cam Talbot made 35 saves in the Oilers losing effort.

Edmonton's four-game winning streak is snapped but the club gained a point and now have 37 on the season with a 17-12-3 record.

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Like the last time the two teams met, the Oilers and Jets played out yet another back-and-forth, high-paced game. The Oilers overcame a 3-1 second-period deficit to take a 4-3 lead into the final frame but the Jets couldn't be counted out, owning the third period to tie it up then come out on top with a 5-4 OT victory.

"It was a high-level playoff game," said Oilers Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, who is now 8-2-2 with Edmonton.

"I thought the first period we had a real good push and then they came back. I thought we outplayed them in the second and then they hemmed us in pretty good in the third."

Ryan Spooner opened the scoring in the first period, notching his third of the 2018-19 season and second with the Oilers. Draisaitl picked off a Jets breakout pass in the O-zone, curled around the top of the left circle and found Spooner loaded in the slot to beat netminder Connor Hellebuyck.

But the Jets replied with two straight in swift fashion, first by putting their top-ranked power play to work following a Jason Garrison interference minor. 

While killing, Jujhar Khaira got a lucky bounce at the blueline for a breakaway but was disrupted enough to get a weak shot off. As the power play continued and the Jets set up in the Oilers zone, Mathieu Perreault found some space from the corner to walk out and backhand the puck glove side on Talbot for the equalizer.

Just over a minute after, Nikolaj Ehlers' intended cross-ice pass deflected off Kevin Gravel and past Talbot for the 2-1 mark. 

Patrik Laine then added to the lead with a wrist shot from the slot. Talbot got a piece of the puck with his glove but couldn't stop it from trickling behind him.

The Oilers entered the second period trailing by a pair but - as they already did earlier in the season - completed the comeback to take a 4-3 lead into the third. 

Video: Morrissey nets OT winner as Jets win third straight

"I thought the second period was a good period for us and then in the third period we slacked off a little bit," said Spooner. "We got a point here, so it's not the worst thing."

McDavid also added another milestone to his resume with a pair of assists in the frame. He became the ninth player in League history to reach 300 points before his 22nd birthday, joining an exclusive list that features Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and Steve Yzerman.

Defenceman Nurse, who played 9:09 the opening period - initiated the comeback at 6:04 of the second. Alex Chiasson ripped one on net off a 3-on-1 then the defenceman got a lucky bounce off his skate and Jacob Trouba's blade to get the puck past the goal-line.

Khaira then made it a new game at 17:18. The forward punctuated an extended cycle by deflecting Jesse Puljujarvi's crease feed. The goal was Khaira's second of the year and gave him six points in his last seven outings.

With momentum trending their way, the Oilers made good on their next power play, needing just seven seconds of it for Chiasson to net his 13th of the season. The winger kept his stick down to get a piece of McDavid's slot pass, giving Edmonton the go-ahead marker at 18:55.

"We took it to them in the second and they took it to us the third," said Nurse, who logged over 30 minutes of ice time for the second straight game. "There are things that we can learn and things we can build off."

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The Jets soared in the third, outshooting the Oilers 17-2 in the final 20 minutes. The club was rewarded when Mark Scheifele knotted it up on a one-timer from the slot at 9:58.

"We couldn't make any clean plays," said Hitchcock. "Winnipeg's a good team once their defencemen get pinching and the puck stays alive. We couldn't get pucks by them and get them into foot races like we did in the second period."

Winnipeg continued to press late but Talbot willed the Oil to overtime for the single point.

In the extra session, McDavid put a wrister off the post then Morrissey turned up ice the other way, firing a low shot to earn the victory for the Jets.

"These three games have been great lessons for us," said Hitchcock. "These are great lessons for us moving forward as long as we take them. We learned in this trip that every shift matters, everything matters and every little detail matters."

The Oilers head back home for a date with the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.

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