The Jets took on the Edmonton Oilers in an East-West one-off battle Monday night at the MTS Centre. Both teams played a slow and fairly unorganized first period. The Jets scored a pair to head into the second intermission up 2-1 but, allowed the Oilers to net four unanswered goals in the third to fall 5-3.
Kyle Wellwood and Alexander Burmistrov scored in the second period and Nik Antropov added a late tally in the third.
Ryan Whitney, Ryan Jones, Lennart Petrell, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle were the goal scorers for the Oilers.
Ondrej Pavelec made 20 of 25 saves while Devan Dubnyk stopped 29 of 33.
The Jets next game goes Thursday night at home against the Southeast Division rival Florida Panthers. Puck drops at 7:30 pm.
Both goalies were put to the test in the first few minutes of the game. Ondrej Pavelec pulled out a nice two-pad stack on Ales Hemsky just two minutes in, as Hemsky was breaking up the right wing on a partial breakaway.
The Jets snatched up the rebound and carried it all the way down the other end where Devan Dubnyk had to make a tough save but held on for the whistle.
The Jets and Oilers both had multiple scoring chances but both goalies were on their game and able to keep everything out of their net.
After twenty minutes, the game was scoreless and the Oilers led 11-7 in shots.
Dustin Byfuglien took the game's first penalty at 5:21 as he went to the box for holding the stick. The Oilers were able to get a couple shots on Pavelec but not able to convert a goal on the advantage.
The Jets were given their first power play of the night as Taylor Hall was caught for hooking at the 14 minute mark. Kyle Wellwood was able to find the back of the net and get the Jets on the board on the opportunity 1:45 into the minor penalty. Alexander Burmistrov passed the puck along the boards to Nik Antropov down low to the right of Dubnyk. He sent a nice pass through the crease over to Wellwood on the other side to finish the play. 1-0 Jets.
The Oilers answered back quickly on a power play goal of their own a couple minutes later to tie the game. With Evander Kane in the box for roughing, Taylor Hall sent a nice one-timer feed to Ryan Whitney who blasted a slapshot from the point that beat Pavelec. Dubnyk picked up the second assist.
Burmistrov took back the lead 1:14 later on a 4-on-4 situation. Byfuglien barged his body across the blue line with the puck and found Burmistrov parked down low on the left side. He quickly snapped the pass through the legs of Dubnyk to regain the lead with 32 seconds left in the second period.
Shots after 40 minutes were 17-16 Jets.
Ryan Jones tied things up just 1:54 into the final frame on the power play with Wheeler in the box. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Hemsky picked up the assists on the tying goal.
The visitors kept coming as Lennart Petrell put the Oilers on top on a two-on-one opportunity. He fooled Pavelec by not passing to his wing man and beat him five-hole instead, just 37 seconds after they had tied the game.
The Oilers picked up a third goal of the period at 9:24. Hall picked up his 23rd of the year as he fired a hard wrister from the slot beating Pavelec and widening their lead to 4-2.
Jordan Eberle added a fifth goal to the Oilers score as he found a seam through centre ice to put himself on a breakaway. Ryan Smith dished him the runaway pass and away he went. Front hand to back-hand and up into the top shelf on Pavelec. 5-2.
Antropov closed the Oilers lead at 18:50 sending home a trickling puck through Dubnyk to make it 5-3. They banged away at it but the damage was done and the Oilers wrapped things up by a final of 5-3.