Edmonton Oilers denied by Hellebuyck in Game 1 loss to Winnipeg Jets

Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 in Game 1 of their playoff series Wednesday night at Rogers Place.

“You come back and make adjustments, and obviously, it’s Game 1 — there’s going to be a certain feeling out period, and you’re going to see how they play us and how we’re going to play them,” Oilers captain Connor McDavid said post-game.

Josh Archibald had the highlight of a scoreless first period, belting Jets defenceman Dylan DeMelo with a textbook body check.

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Jesse Puljujarvi snapped a shot past Hellebuyck for his first career post-season goal with 11:36 left in the second.

LISTEN BELOW: Puljujarvi and James Neal speak following Oilers 2-1 loss to the Jets Wednesday night

“I just tried to work hard and make good plays and play smart, and it was a hard game,” Puljujarvi said.

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The Jets replied less than three minutes later when Tucker Poolman buried the rebound from Blake Wheeler’s shot.

“That’s how I expect all these games to be. They’re going to be tight,” Oilers head coach Dave Tippett said.

LISTEN BELOW: Oilers head coach Dave Tippett speaks after Oilers fall 2-1 to Jets Wednesday night

“You’ve got to capitalize on a chance, and you can’t give much away. Usually, the team that gets a break here or there ends up on the winning end.”

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With 10:46 left in the third, Dominic Toninato deflected a Logan Stanley shot past Mike Smith. The officials didn’t call it a goal on the ice but video review showed it hit the back bar of the net and shot out.

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Kyle Connor and Wheeler clinched it with empty netters.

“We did some things we can build off of,” Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse said post-game.

“There are always things we can adjust but we have to just show up and keep playing. It’s not going to be easy.”

LISTEN BELOW: McDavid and Nurse speak following Oilers 2-1 loss Wednesday night

Toninato played only two regular-season games for the Jets this season.

McDavid and Leon Draisaitl were both held off the scoresheet.

Game 2 is Friday at 7 p.m. Coverage on 630 CHED starts with the Face-off Show at 5 p.m.

– With files from 630 CHED’s Brenden Escott


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