Oilers pound Jets 6-2
Taylor Hall helped the Edmonton Oilers end their long losing
Hall had a goal and two assists and Edmonton snapped a
season-high six-game losing skid with a 6-2 victory over the
Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.
Jordan Eberle, David Perron, Sam Gagner, Nail Yakupov and Jeff
Petry also scored for the Oilers, who were criticized by their
coach and fans after a 6-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday,
the third time in five games they were shutout.
”Overall, it was a way better game than we had against St.
Louis,” Hall said. ”We had a way better start and we seemed to
carry that over into the rest of the game.
”That’s been our Kryptonite. It seems to be when we get a good
start and they get a goal or they tie it up and we kind of get off
the rails, but that wasn’t the case tonight, we just kept it
Perron said a convincing win was just what the Oilers needed
after they were outscored 24-6 during their losing streak.
”Certainly it’s one that we needed after last game,” he said.
”We feel what the fans are going through right now and we need
them to be behind us and we have to play that way every
Yakupov said he hopes that the team has learned its lesson and
can be stronger coming back from the holiday break.
”It’s a huge win for us,” he said. ”I think everyone is
excited in the locker room and in Edmonton. It’s a pretty good
feeling before Christmas. And after Christmas we’re going to show
more and more wins. We have to show better hockey than we’ve shown
in the past.”
Mark Stuart and Andrew Ladd responded for the Jets, who have
lost two in a row and have gone 3-6-1 in their past 10 games.
”It’s the same old game after game,” Ladd said. ”Frustrating
doesn’t begin to describe it. We know what it is, we talk about it
all the time. We do the same things over and over.
”We need to figure out a way to play consistently, whatever
that takes. I’m sure that the coaches will spend this time trying
to figure that out and as players we have to refresh and make sure
we are coming back ready to go.”
Jets coach Claude Noel was just as frustrated as his
”We didn’t play very intelligent,” he said. ”We didn’t play
the right way. We knew this game could get out of hand if we played
the way we played. We got pretty much what we deserved playing that
”This leaves you in a sour position. We will reflect over the
break and go from there. There are certain ways you have to play to
win games. We know that, but we just aren’t willing to play like
that game in and game out.”
Winnipeg had a chance to start the scoring seven minutes into
the first period as Evander Kane had a partial break after jumping
out of the penalty box, but was stopped by Oilers starter Ilya
Edmonton got on the board at 8:40 of the first on another
power-play opportunity as Ales Hemsky made a long pass through
traffic that Eberle deflected past Jets goalie Ondrej Pavalec.
Winnipeg tied the game at 11:20 as Stuart sent a low wrist shot
through Bryzgalov’s legs from near the faceoff dot.
The Oilers regained the lead at 16:07 of the first when Eberle
sent a puck from behind the goal line to a hard-charging Gagner in
front of the net.
The Jets made it 2-2 at 9:08 of the second period on the power
play as Dustin Byfuglien misfired on his point shot and broke his
stick, but it got close enough to the net for Ladd to deflect past
the Oilers goalie.
Edmonton retook the lead at 16:40 of the second period on an
innocent looking play as Hall sent a seeing-eye-dog pass to the
front of the net that Perron batted in on the backhand for his
team-leading 15th goal of the season.
The Oilers went up 4-2 at 4:28 of the third as Yakupov got a
pass through to a pinching Petry and he beat Pavelec for his first
goal in 27 games.
Edmonton got an insurance goal on the power play at 8:34 as Ryan
Nugent-Hopkins made a nice play to swat a clearing attempt out of
the air and feed it to Hall at the side of the net for his 14th
goal of the season.
The Oilers equaled the total of six goals they had scored during
their entire losing streak at 16:16 of the third as the Oilers
broke out on a 2-on-1 break with Hall setting Yakupov up for just
the sixth goal of the season for the 2012 first overall draft
A melee ensued after that goal and the Oilers ended up with a
5-on-3 advantage for the remainder of the game, but couldn’t add to
their goal total.
”We were embarrassing ourselves out there,” said Stuart of his
team’s sour mood late in the game. ”God, I’d hope you would show
some emotion out there at that time or you have some real
”Write whatever you want and don’t take it easy on us because
we don’t deserve it.”
Notes: It was the second of three games between the two teams.
The Jets beat the Oilers 5-4 on Oct. 1 during Edmonton’s home
opener at Rexall Place. … The Oilers organization was in damage
control mode for much of the day before the game after coach Dallas
Eakins called a fan who had thrown his Oilers jersey on the ice
after Saturday’s 6-0 loss to St. Louis a ”quitter.” … The Jets
were without forwards Matt Halischuk (forearm) and Jim Slater
(sports hernia) and defenseman Paul Postma (blood clot). … Out
for the Oilers were defenseman Philip Larsen (illness) and forwards
Mark Arcobello (rib) and Ryan Jones, who was knocked unconscious
during the morning skate on Saturday after colliding with captain