The Edmonton Oilers season is over.
Kyle Connor scored in triple overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 victory over the Oilers in Game 4, a game that lasted into the early hours of Tuesday morning, sweeping the Oilers out of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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“We fought all night,” said a moving Ryan Nugent-Hopkins after the game. “There’s not much to say, except it’s hard to swallow right now.”
The boss of the OIlers bench was also disappointed.
“We expected more in the playoffs,” said head coach Dave Tippett. “It was a tight and tight series and we couldn’t find a way to get it under control.”
With Adam Larsson in the box to hold, Mark Scheifele hit the home clock to give the Jets the lead. The Oilers returned 1:17 later when Connor McDavid scored his series debut by folding an envelope behind Connor Hellebuyck. Mason Appleton restored the Jets’ lead with a deflection goal at the end of the first game.
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At the start of the second, Nugent-Hopkins regained his own rebound and suffered a backhand to Hellebuyck for his postseason debut. Later, Alex Chiasson found a free puck up front on the power play and brought it home to give the Oilers a 3-2 advantage.
Scheifele took advantage of a gift from the Oilers to bring the score to 3-3 with 13:59 left in the third.
In the first overtime, Kailer Yamamoto took a penalty for tripping Nik Ehlers. Later in the power play, Appleton landed a shot on a faceoff, but Mike Smith made the save. Just over two minutes into the shoot, Ehlers got a point-blank look but was turned down by Smith.
The penalty imposed on Yamamoto was of particular concern after the game for Tippett.
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“You call that one, but there were three or four like that that weren’t called,” Tippett said. “You are setting a precedent for overtime and not complying with it. This is the frustrating part.
Smith again denied Appleton a face-off in second overtime. Leon Draisaitl was open for once in the slot machine, but he blew it up.
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The Oilers killed a penalty early in third overtime after Gaetan Haas was called in for shooting the puck over the window. Connor finished the game at 6:52 off the frame, storming the right wing and shooting Smith’s blocker.
Smith finished with 39 saves while Hellebuyck made 37 saves.
It was the third longest game in Oilers history.
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“We don’t have to go out of here and think we have to right the ship,” McDavid said. “These lessons that we have learned over the years are obviously another lesson that we need to take with us as we move forward.”
The Jets will now face the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Montreal Canadiens in the second round.
with files from David Boles of 630 CHED
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