The Oilers play their fourth game of the pre-season on Friday against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. The game will be streamed live right here on edmontonoilers.com in the Oilers Broadcast Region (Alberta/Saskatchewan/NWT). Game time is 6:00 p.m. MDT.
EDMONTON, AB – Matt Hendricks scored the game-winning goal on a penalty shot in the third period to lift the Oilers to a 3-2 pre-season win over the visiting Winnipeg Jets.
With a 5-on-3 man advantage, Justin Schultz put the Oilers on top 1-0 at 8:03 of the first period. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins got the puck down low and set up Schultz, who swooped in and shot the puck in short side from the faceoff dot. Oscar Klefbom recorded the second assist on the goal.
“We want to get pucks to the net,” said Schultz. “On that particular one there, me and ‘Nuge’ talked about it before the faceoff, what we were going to do. We were going to do that and I’ve scored a couple goals like that from him in my career so it’s something that’s been working and it was lucky enough to go in the net.”
At 15:11 of the first, Schultz got involved for the Oilers again, but it wasn’t offensively. JC Lipon rocked Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom with a big hit at the blueline and Schultz jumped in without hesitation to stick up for his teammate. Schultz and Lipon each earned roughing penalties.
“It happened so fast. I thought it was a little late, obviously. The whistle blew and then he hit him. He’s my d-partner so I thought I should stick up for him,” said Schultz.
Cam Talbot was steady in net for the Oilers in the first period, facing a few penalty kills. The Edmonton goaltender made 16 saves in the frame. Talbot finished the game with 30 saves.
“A lot of the early saves, I think nine of them in the first period alone came on the power play,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “He gave us a chance to be successful tonight and I thought he played very well.”
Matt Hendricks drew a tripping penalty at 1:40 of the third period to give the Oilers a man advantage. On the power play, Nugent-Hopkins redirected a shot on net and Benoit Pouliot got a piece of it. Jordan Eberle was there in front to clean up the garbage for the goal and put the Oilers up 2-0.
The Jets made it a 2-1 game at 5:04 of the third with a Ben Chariot point shot. Ryan Olsen and Adam Pardy recorded the assists.
Adam Lowry netted the equalizer at 11:14 of the third, assisted by Thomas Raffl.
Hendricks had a shorthanded chance and was taken down in front of Eric Comrie. The Oilers winger was awarded a penalty shot at 17:48 of the third. Hendricks used his move he calls “the paralyzer” to fake out the goaltender and score, giving the Oil a 3-2 lead late.
The Oilers rode that score to a 3-2 win over the Jets.
Although the Oilers got the win, the two teams took part in a 3-on-3 overtime period as per the NHL’s request. Edmonton went with Leon Draisaitl, Oscar Klefbom and Nail Yakupov as their first trio on the ice. They nearly scored on a 2-on-0 rush but Draisaitl’s pass for Yakupov went a little wide.