Edmonton Oilers blanked 5-0 by Winnipeg Jets

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Laurent Brossoit made 26 saves as the Winnipeg Jets scored a 5-0 pre-season win over the Edmonton Oilers Monday night.

Jets forward Kyle Connor scored the only goal of the first period, ripping a power play shot past Oilers goaltender Calvin Pickard.

“It’s always good to get work,” Pickard said after the game. “I got that tonight. Obviously, it kind of fell off at the end.

“You’d like to have maybe a couple of those goals, but it’s still the first game of the year, and pre-season is to work out the kinks and we’ll get better moving forward.”

In the second period, Oilers forward Xavier Bourgault just missed tapping in a goal-mouth pass from Noel Hoefenmayer.

Winnipeg defenceman Neal Pionk blasted home a point shot to make it 2-0 Jets early in the third. Cody Ceci nearly put the Oilers on the board when his shot went through Brossoit and was bouncing toward the net, but Pionk swatted it off the goal line.

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David Gustafsson scored on a deflection halfway through the third. Morgan Barron and Kyle Capobianco added late goals for the Jets.

“We were competing well and then I thought we ran out of gas a little bit in that third period,” Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft said.

“We started to turn the puck over and they made us pay for some mistakes. We were in the box three times that period and it just took more and more juice out of us.”

The Oilers will host the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. You can listen to the game live on 630 CHED, beginning with The Faceoff Show at 5:30 p.m. The game starts at 7 p.m.

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