Trouba's OT goal gives Jets 3-2 win over Oilers
- Associated Press
- January 18, 2014 - 4:10 PM
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Winnipeg defenseman Jacob Trouba scored his second goal of the game 1:10 into overtime to lift the Jets to a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
Fellow rookie Mark Scheifele also scored for the Jets, who have won three straight since Paul Maurice took over as coach after Claude Noel was fired on Jan. 12.
Jordan Eberle and David Perron had the goals for the Oilers, who went 0-4 on a Central Division road trip and were outscored 17-8.
Edmonton lost this one when Jets forward Blake Wheeler found Trouba alone in front of the net for the winning goal after he nearly scored himself.
The Oilers forced overtime when Perron redirected Jeff Petry's point shot with two minutes remaining in regulation on just the fifth Edmonton shot of the third period.
Trouba had tied it at 5:48 of the third with a short-handed goal.
Bryan Little carried the puck down the left wing, went around a sprawling Petry, and found the rookie defenseman in the low slot. It was the NHL-worst ninth short-handed goal allowed by the Oilers (15-30-6).
Scheifele then fought through a check along the boards, cut to the front of the net, and banged in his own rebound for his ninth goal, making it 2-1 at 10:37 of the third.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 20 shots for Winnipeg (22-23-5), and Ilya Bryzgalov made 36 saves for Edmonton.
Eberle opened the scoring for the Oilers on the power play at 6:59 of the second period with his 16th goal. Eberle took a pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins below the left faceoff dot and beat Pavelec high to the glove side.
The Jets outshot the Oilers 24-16 through two periods, but couldn't beat Bryzgalov. Winnipeg had an 11-8 edge in the scoreless first period in which each team failed to score on a pair of power plays.
Newly acquired Oilers forward Matt Hendricks took a puck to the ear midway through the period and went to the locker room, but returned shortly after. Wheeler was shaken up after taking an elbow to the head from Taylor Hall, but didn't miss a shift.
Some were expecting the bad blood to carry over from the teams' previous meeting, a 6-2 Edmonton win on Dec. 23 in which the Jets racked up 78 penalty minutes. But there was little action after the whistle until a short third-period scrap between Hendricks and Jets defenseman Mark Stuart.
NOTES: Oilers forward Nail Yakupov, who left Thursday's game with a head injury, didn't play. Teammate Ales Hemsky missed a second straight game because of a foot injury. ... Jets forward Evander Kane missed his fourth consecutive game with a hand injury sustained during a fight in the final seconds of a game against Tampa Bay on Jan. 7. ... Winnipeg's experiment with defenseman Dustin Byfuglien playing at forward continued for a fourth game. The 28-year-old Byfuglien played in his 500th NHL game.
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