Jets blow 4-1 lead, fall to Oilers 5-4 in OT

Edmonton defenceman Darnell Nurse walked in and scored the overtime winner as the Oilers stormed back to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 Tuesday night at Bell MTS Place.

Nurse made a nifty move around Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers, skated in and beat goalie Connor Hellebuyck just 1:25 into the five-minute extra session.

Winnipeg led 4-1 after two periods but the Oilers tied it, thanks in whole to captain Connor McDavid. After scoring in the first period, McDavid scored once and set up two others in the final frame.

With four goals and five helpers, McDavid has a point on every Oilers goal scored so far in the 2018-19 regular season, except the Nurse game-winner.

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Edmonton defenceman Darnell Nurse walked in and scored the overtime winner as the Oilers stormed back to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 Tuesday night at Bell MTS Place.

Nurse made a nifty move around Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers, skated in and beat goalie Connor Hellebuyck just 1:25 into the five-minute extra session.

<p>Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine moves around Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse during second period in Winnipeg, Tuesday.</p>

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Winnipeg Jets’ Patrik Laine moves around Edmonton Oilers’ Darnell Nurse during second period in Winnipeg, Tuesday.

Winnipeg led 4-1 after two periods but the Oilers tied it, thanks in whole to captain Connor McDavid. After scoring in the first period, McDavid scored once and set up two others in the final frame.

With four goals and five helpers, McDavid has a point on every Oilers goal scored so far in the 2018-19 regular season, except the Nurse game-winner.

The Jets are 3-2-1, while the Oilers are 2-2-0. The Jets still have four games to play on their current six-game home stand.

Winnipeg was without defenceman Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) for the second straight game. His absence is still a day-to-day thing.

Ty Rattie took a drop pass from McDavid and ripped his first goal of the year just 18 seconds into the third period. Andrew Copp then tossed Drake Caggiula to the ground, taking a silly holding penaltly, and McDavid cashed in with his second power-play goal of the game at the 2:28 mark.

Jesse Puljujarvi tipped a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shot up and over Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck with under seven minutes left in the third period to tie the contest 4-4, with McDavid notching another point.

Winnipeg centre Adam Lowry scored a pair of goals in just under three minutes to spark the Jets to a 3-1 first-period lead.

Lowry walked in from the corner and stuffed the puck past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot at 4:51 and then swept in his own rebound at 7:47. He now has three goals in the Jets first six games of the 2018-19 season.

McDavid caught defenceman Jacob Trouba flat-footed, flew past him and deked out goalie Connor Hellebuyck at 12:49 on the power play for his third goal of the season.

But just 22 seconds later, blue-liner Ben Chiarot restored the hosts’ two-goal cushion with a blast from the point that found mesh.

Mark Scheifele’s power-play goal just over a minute into the second period increased the Winnipeg Jets lead to 4-1 after 40 minutes.

Scheifele picked up a rebound off a Patrik Laine shot and beat Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot for his second goal of the season.

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Jason Bell wanted to be a lawyer when he was a kid. The movie The Paper Chase got him hooked on the idea of law school and, possibly, falling in love with someone exactly like Lindsay Wagner (before she went all bionic).

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