WINNIPEG, MB -
The Edmonton Oilers tied the game up late in the third period but Winnipeg prevailed in overtime by a score of 3-2 at the MTS Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Jacob Trouba scored two goals, including the overtime winner, to lead the way for Winnipeg.
The tying goal for Edmonton came after Winnipeg scored twice in the third to take the lead.
"You never know which way these games are going to ever swing. After we got down, I still liked that our guys were saying the right things on the bench, they were comfortable in the game, they were still in the fight," said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. "It was great to tie it up and send it to overtime. It's something we're going to have to continue to work on."
Eakins added that he felt the opposition put in a strong game.
"The one thing that Winnipeg did excellent tonight was they went to the net and they went hard. It looks like they're trying to take a page out of L.A. and St. Louis and Anaheim's books and bully you in front of the net… As our D gets stronger, we'll be able to defend that a little bit better."
The Oilers opened the scoring about seven minutes into the middle frame while on the power play. Jordan Eberle received a feed across the slot from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and made no mistake, wiring the shot top corner to put Edmonton on the board 1-0.
Several minute slater, Nick Schultz hauled down a Jet and received a penalty. Both Anton Belov and Ilya Bryzgalov were hurt on the play. Belov tried to skate off his injury while Bryzgalov was tended to by Oilers trainer T.D. Forss. Both Russians stayed in the game.
On the ensuing power play, Winnipeg's best chance came when Dustin Byfuglien tried to tuck the puck in behind Bryzgalov but just narrowly missed after getting the puck around the Edmonton tender.
With five minutes to go in the second, Ryan Jones headed to the box, giving Winnipeg a power play chance to tie the game but again, Edmonton's penalty killers came up strong.
Right at the buzzer, the Edmonton penalty parade continued. Jeff Petry received two minutes for slashing Andrew Ladd as the Jets captain drove to the net. Shots on goal after 40 minutes were 24-16 for Winnipeg.
Several minutes into the third, Eberle skated in behind the Jets defence at a very quick speed until he was just one-on-one with Pavelec. His attempted backhand was denied by the Winnipeg goaltender.
Eight seconds later, Tobias Enstrom received two minutes for hooking, giving Edmonton another power play chance to pull further ahead of the Jets.
After a penalty kill which saw a handful of scoring chances, Bryan Little found Jacob Trouba at the top of the crease for a bang-bang play past Bryzgalov to tie the game at 1-1.
A couple minutes later, Matt Hendricks dropped the gloves with Mark Stuart. The fight was very brief as both players fell to the ice shortly after the bout began.
Winnipeg struck again to take the lead for the first time in the game just past the period's midway point. Mark Scheifle drove to the net and after two backhand attempts, the second one made its way past Brzygalov for the go-ahead goal.
Mark Stuart took a penalty late in the third but Oilers were unable to convert. With just over two minutes to go in the third, David Perron redirected a shot from Jeff Petry to make it a 2-2 affair.