Morrissey has 3 points for Winnipeg; Bouchard gets 3 assists for Edmonton
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets overcame a hat trick from Leon Draisaitl and ended a five-game losing streak with a 7-5 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Canada Life Centre on Saturday.
“Sometimes when you go through these slides, mentally you become a little fragile and you give up a goal and all of the sudden you don’t want to give up the next one and you’re playing a little slower,” Jets forward Adam Lowry said. “We played a lot freer today, and faster. … That’s what we’re looking for, not to wilt under pressure, not to wilt when things get tough, but come together and play the way we’re asked to play.”
Josh Morrissey had two goals and an assist, and Mark Scheifele, Morgan Barron and Dylan DeMelo each had a goal and an assist for the Jets (36-25-2), who were 0-4-1 during the skid. Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves.
Winnipeg is four points behind the Minnesota Wild for second in the Central Division, and one point ahead of the Colorado Avalanche, who have three games in hand.
“I haven’t been part of a game like that in a while,” Bjugstad said. “I’m bummed we didn’t come out with the win. We had a lot of chances in the third, but I knew they were going to come hard after last night, especially. I was doing my best to get my feet under me and chip away there. We will take the positives and move on from it.”
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Edmonton, which won 6-3 against Winnipeg at home on Friday, is tied with the Seattle Kraken for third place in the Pacific Division.
“You don’t win many games when you give up six goals,” Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft said. “Tonight, we didn’t do a good enough job of that. We scored enough to win, but we didn’t defend well enough to win.”
Draisaitl gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead at 1:43 of the first period, scoring on a rebound on the power play.
Scheifele tied it 1-1 when he tipped DeMelo’s point shot at 11:34, but Morrissey put the Jets back in front 2-1 at 15:09 when his wrist shot from the blue line redirected in off Oilers defenseman Vincent Desharnais.
Janmark tied it 2-2 at 2:57 of the second period, scoring a short-handed goal off a saucer pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on a rush.
Draisaitl gave Edmonton a 3-2 lead at 6:12 of the second.
“We had a bunch of looks,” Draisaitl said. “Their goalie made the right saves at the right time. We had our chances, but you obviously don’t want to chase the sixth or seventh goal. Something to clean up.”
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Lowry tied it 3-3 at 6:54, and Kyle Capobianco put the Jets ahead 4-3 at 7:16.
Draisaitl tied it 4-4 at 9:18 with another power-play goal, this time redirecting a centering pass from Connor McDavid. He has 26 goals on the man-advantage this season, the most in Oilers history.
“We are in the race to make the playoffs here. We would rather take a 1-0 win,” Draisaitl said. “They played a good game, but we obviously gave them way too many chances for looks on scoring chances. They are obviously a good offensive team, so they will capitalize.”
Draisaitl has 20 points (12 goals, eight assists) during a 12-game point streak. McDavid has 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) during a 10-game point streak.
“I think if you would have asked the Winnipeg Jets if they wanted to get into a track meet with the Edmonton Oilers, I don’t think that’s their game plan,” Woodcroft said. “I thought it was a sloppily played game in many regards both ways. I think their calling card would be a prime defending team. That’s what got them the record out of the gate that they had. I think both coaches look at that game as a lot of sloppy mistakes, and in the end, they found that extra goal, they found that extra save and they found the two points and we didn’t get that tonight.”
Barron responded for the Jets to make it 5-4 at 10:45 of the second, and Morrissey extended it to 6-4 on a power play at 19:58.
“There were a few goals I’d really like to have back,” Campbell said. “You know, a guy beat me high glove and the Morrissey one found a way to beat me from the point, and then definitely five-hole on the breakaway. You know, keep working on it. I know the results will come, but just a tough pill to swallow here.”
Bjugstad cut it to 6-5 at 2:55 of the third period when Devin Shore‘s pass pinballed off two Jets defenders to him in front. He was acquired by Edmonton in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.
“I almost missed it, but it was the easiest goal I scored all year,” Bjugstad said. “I was fortunate, I’ll take it, but like I said, I would have loved to come up with the win. First game here and now have to move on and work towards getting better and better.”
DeMelo scored into an empty net at 19:25 of the third for the 7-5 final.
Vladislav Namestnikov, who was acquired from the San Jose Sharks on Friday, had the assist on the play.
“He’s a competitive guy. He’s not the biggest guy out there, but he’s very, very competitive,” Jets coach Rick Bowness said.
“The guys were paying the price to win that game tonight, and you give those guys a lot of credit. I thought Nino [Niederreiter] had a great game playing with [Scheifele and Kyle Connor]. Those shot blocks are absolutely huge. That’s how you win games. That second effort, you have to pay the price to win, especially against a great team like they have.”
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