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Jets fall 4-3 to Oilers, Draisaitl scores game-winner with one second left

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Laurent Brossoit (30) and Derek Forbort (24) react after the Edmonton Oilers scored the game-winning goal during third period NHL action in Winnipeg on Sunday Jan. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Fred Greenslade

Leon Draisaitl scored the game-winning goal with less than a second left to give the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Sunday night at Bell MTS Place.

Adam Lowry, Nikolaj Ehlers and Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Kyle Turris, and Kailer Yamamoto also scored for Edmonton.

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The game saw both starting goalies make over 30 saves. Mikko Koskinen made 35 saves in a winning effort for the Oilers (3-4-0), while Laurent Brossoit made 34 saves.

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“It was a fast paced game, I didn’t really have a whole lot of time to think. That’s what you come to expect when you play against the Oilers,” said the 27-year-old former-oiler Brossoit.

“Having played for them I really wanted that win, but it didn’t happen so it’s on to the next.”

Winnipeg’s loss snaps a three-game winning streak. All three victories came against the Ottawa Senators.

“It’s a brutal way to end the game,” said Head Coach Paul Maurice.

“I’ll be left with how hard they pushed in the third. When you play a home game and don’t get settled down until two o’clock in the morning, and come back to play another one at 8 o’clock I thought we played hard.”

Edmonton Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl (29) celebrates his game-winning goal against the Winnipeg Jets with teammates Darnell Nurse (25) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) during third period NHL action in Winnipeg on Sunday Jan. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Fred Greenslade

For the third consecutive game, the Winnipeg Jets scored first. Adam Lowry scored after taking a pass from Mathieu Perreault while in the slot. He wasted no time to fire on net, beating Koskinen.

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Lowry’s goal was his third of the season.

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The referees overturned a would-be Jets goal nearly three minutes later. Andrew Copp deflected a puck above Koskinen and into the back of the net. But the referees determined there was interference after Copp’s stick kept Koskinen’s glove from making the save.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tied the game fewer than 30 seconds into the second period. Later in the period, Kyle Turris scored his first as an Oiler. As the Oilers forwards entered the zone, James Neal passed the puck to Zack Kassian, before he fed the puck to Turris.

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Turris unloaded a shot into the top-right corner of the net to give Edmonton its first lead of the night with 5:42 left to play in the period.

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One minute and 18 seconds later, Winnipeg forward Kyle Connor was injured. He was defending a shot from Oilers defenceman Ethan Bear. The puck ricocheted off Connor’s stick and into his face, causing him to fall to his knees onto the ice. He would leave the game and would sit out the remainder of the period, only to return in time for the third.

Ehlers tied the game at two goals apiece with 6:04 left to go in the third period. His game-tying goal was his fourth in four games. The Danish forward has six points in that span of games.

“We stayed in the game and battled our way back,” said Ehlers.

“I think we deserved a little but more than what we got but we have a game against Edmonton in two days. We need to look forward and get prepared for that one.”

Winnipeg Jets’ Nikolaj Ehlers (27) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with teammate Dylan DeMelo (2) during third period NHL action in Winnipeg on Sunday Jan. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Fred Greenslade

Wheeler later gave the Jets the lead once more with a power play goal, thanks to a tripping infraction taken by Edmonton Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse. Wheeler took a pass along the goal line and banked the puck off Oilers defenceman Kris Russell and past Koskinen into the goal.

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Winnipeg’s lead wouldn’t last that long, however. Yamamato tied the game one minute and 48 seconds later. The game would eventually end on Draisaitl’s late winner, giving the Jets no time to respond. Edmonton and Winnipeg will renew hostilities at the Bell MTS Place Tuesday night.

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