The Edmonton Oilers scored three power play goals on the way to a 6-3 road win over the Winnipeg Jets.
“Our team did a lot of good things tonight,” remarked Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. “The main part was the work ethic — we got it back to where it needed to be.”
After going 0/12 with the man advantage over the last three games, changes to the power play paid off almost immediately. Mark Letestu, who was moved up to the first unit for this game, redirected a Leon Draisaitl pass to tie it 1-1 2:31 into the game. It came after Bryan Little had given the Jets the lead just 35 seconds in.
Patrik Laine gave the Jets a 2-1 lead later in the first with a long one-timer that eluded Cam Talbot.
The Oilers took control in the second period. Draisaitl scored on the power play just 51 seconds into the frame. Letestu added another power play marker a bit over four minutes later. Patrick Maroon broke a ten-game goalless drought with a shot from a bad angle, and the Oilers were up 4-2 after two.
Laine wired in another one-timer on a two-man advantage early in the third, but the Oilers sealed it when Draisaitl and Benoit Pouliot struck 20 seconds apart. Pouliot had gone 14 games without a point.
Connor McDavid had three assists. He leads the NHL with 34 points in 25 games. Letestu added an assist for the third three-point game of his career.
“They get that big goal, early, five-on-three,” remarked Letestu. “I think we got right back to our game, killed the rest of the penalty, refocused and then started to settle in. We knew they were going to push. They’ve had some come-back victories in this building and, like I say, it gets rockin’ sometimes. So it’s a pretty good job by Leon gettin’ that fifth goal — that’s a big one — gave us a little bit of breathing room.”
The Oilers are 8-4-2 on the road and 13-10-2 on the season. They’ll host Anaheim on Saturday. (jrw)