Edmonton Oilers can’t hold lead in loss to Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets scored three goals in the first seven minutes of the third period on their way to a 6-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

The teams traded power plays early in the first period.

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl snuck a shot through Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck before Andrew Copp replied with a goal for Winnipeg.

The Oilers scored two in 2:03 with Adam Larsson notching his second of the season before Ryan Nugent-Hopkins notched one on the power play. Jets forward Mathieu Perreault cut the Oilers’ lead to 3-2 by scoring just after a man-advantage expired late in the first.

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“I thought our power play executed very well early,” Oilers bench boss Dave Tippett said after the game. “Second period was paced back and forth.”

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The second period was scoreless. Oilers forward Zack Kassian had a breakaway with two minutes to go but lifted a backhand over the net.

Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers converted a pass from Paul Stastny to make it 3-3 early in the third. Stastny fired in a loose puck 2:07 later to give the Jets their first lead of the night. Adam Lowry added another to give the Jets three goals in 3:27.

“We couldn’t push the game along,” Tippett said. “When you do that and make a couple mistakes, the game goes away.”

With Edmonton netminder Mikko Koskinen on the bench for an extra attacker, Oilers captain Connor McDavid ripped home a wrist shot with 1:50 on the clock.

Copp ended the drama with a empty-net goal in the final minute.

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“Same type of story as the other night,” McDavid said. “I thought we did a good job most of the (first) 40 minutes, then in the third, we just let it get away.”

The Oilers, who now drop to 3-5-0 on the year, will host Toronto on Thursday.

–With files from 630 CHED’s David Boles

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