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

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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.

“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.

“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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