Morrissey scores on overtime as Jets top Oilers


WINNIPEG – Blake Wheeler had a plan to light up the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday and involved a familiar play.

The Jets captain searched for linemate Mark Scheifele. He found the center in front of the net and Scheifele fired in his 18th goal of the season to draw 4-4 against the Edmonton Oilers at 9:58 of the third period.

In overtime, the sequence was Wheeler to Scheifele and then a pass to the defender Josh Morrissey, who scored 41 seconds in the extra period to lift the Jets to a 5-4 win.

"You know when I have the record, I'm looking for it," said Wheeler of Scheifele. "This is the guy I want to get through. We've had some success doing it, just keep building it."

The Jets won three straight, while Edmonton's winning streak ended in four games.

Morrissey fired a shot wide by goalkeeper Cam Talbot for his fourth goal of the season, which happened just seconds after the captain of the Tanker Connor McDavid hit the post next to Jets netminder Connor Hellebuyck.

"I think we kind of regrouped, we came back again, we went to the other side and we sort of got into a strange race," said Morrissey, who also had an assist. "Scheif and Wheels made the move for me and I tried to make a good move."

Mathieu Perreault, Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine, with its 22nd season after a six-game drought, also scored for Winnipeg. Wheeler, Scheifele, Dustin Byfuglien and Bryan Little each contributed a couple of assists. Byfuglien has one goal and five assists in a three-game sequence.

Hellebuyck made 22 saves for the Jets (20-9-2), who finished a four-game match against 3-1-0. Talbot stopped 35 shots for the Oilers (17-12-3).

Ryan Spooner, Nurse Darnell, Jujhar Khaira and Alex Chiasson scored for Edmonton. Chiasson has added a Leon Draisaitl had a pair. Draisaitl extended his sequence of points to four games with three goals and six assists.

McDavid also took two assists, expanding his sequence of points to seven games with four goals and nine assists. He also reached 301 career points in 240 games.

Winnipeg led 3-1 at the start of the second period with Laine's goal but the Oilers responded with three straight goals.

"The second period was a good period for us and then the third period sucked a little later," said Spooner, who opened the scoring at 10:12 of the first.

"We went to the blue lines a lot and that cost us a bit. But we have a point here and that's not the worst."

Winnipeg edged out Edmonton 17-2 in the third.

Tanker coach Ken Hitchcock said the game was a challenge.

"It was a high-level playoff game, that's what happened," he said. "It was very high level."

He has pointed to the last three Edmonton games as opportunities for players to learn that attention to detail is key and every turn counts.

"We played very well against Calgary, we had big plays against Colorado, but then they scored and we did not have an answer and we held on and our goalie was great," Hitchcock said. "Same thing today.

"So, it's more about the lessons we're learning. As long as we take the appropriate information and move from here, we're really going to use that as hopefully a trampoline."

Winnipeg plays in Chicago on Friday while Edmonton hosts Philadelphia on Friday.


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