Edmonton Oilers swept by Jets after triple OT loss

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That’s it.

It’s over.

The Edmonton Oilers season is done.

Kyle Connor scored in triple overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 win over the Oilers in game four, a game which lasted into the early hours of Tuesday morning, sweeping the Oilers out of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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“We battled all night,” said an emotional Ryan Nugent-Hopkins after the game. “There’s not much to say except it’s tough to swallow right now.”

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The Oilers bench boss was equally as disappointed.

“We were expecting more in the playoffs,” said head coach Dave Tippett. “It was a tight, tight series and we couldn’t find a way to get on top of it.”

With Adam Larsson in the box for holding, Mark Scheifele banged home a one-timer to give the Jets the lead. The Oilers came back 1:17 later when Connor McDavid scored his first of the series by tucking a wraparound behind Connor Hellebuyck. Mason Appleton restored the Jets lead with a deflection goal late in the first.

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Early in the second, Nugent-Hopkins tracked down his own rebound and flipped a backhand past Hellebuyck for his first of the post-season. Later, Alex Chiasson found a loose puck in front on the power play and slid it home to give the Oilers a 3-2 edge.

Scheifele took advantage of an Oilers giveaway to make it 3-3 with 13:59 left in the third.

In the first overtime, Kailer Yamamoto took a penalty for tripping Nik Ehlers. Late in the power play, Appleton drilled a shot off a face-off, but Mike Smith made the save. With just over two minutes to go in the session, Ehlers had a point blank look but was turned away by Smith.

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The penalty to Yamamoto was a particular point of concern after the game for Tippett.

“You call that one, but there were three or four just like that that weren’t called,” said Tippett. “You set a precedent in overtime and then you don’t go with it. That’s the frustrating part.”

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Smith denied Appleton again off a face-off in the second overtime. Leon Draisaitl was open for a one-timer in the slot but blasted it wide.

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The Oilers killed off a penalty early in the third overtime after Gaetan Haas was called for shooting the puck over the glass. Connor ended the game at 6:52 of the frame, storming down the right wing and firing a shot past Smith’s blocker.

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Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) sits on the ice after allowing the game-winning goal during third overtime period NHL Stanley Cup playoff action against the Winnipeg Jets, in Winnipeg on Monday, May 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade

Smith finished with 39 saves while Hellebuyck made 37 stops.

It was the third-longest game in Oilers history.

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“We don’t need to leave here and think we need to re-right the ship,” said McDavid. “Those lessons we’ve learned throughout the years, it’s obviously another lesson we have to take with us moving forward.”

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The Jets will now face either the Toronto Maple Leafs or Montréal Canadiens in the second round.

with files from 630 CHED’s David Boles

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