Nikolaj Ehlers and the Jets accomplished an enormous comeback Sunday evening that pushed the Oilers to the brink of elimination within the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Ehlers, who was enjoying for the primary time since struggling an upper-body harm April 24 in opposition to the Maple Leafs, scored twice within the Jets’ 5-4 Recreation 3 additional time victory. He opened Winnipeg’s scoring with a second-period power-play purpose and completed it with the game-winner at 9:13 of the primary OT. The Jets now lead the best-of-seven first-round sequence three video games to none.
“You at all times dream of scoring these sort of targets,” Ehlers stated. “However this was a staff effort. A full 70-plus [minutes], good effort, an awesome recreation.”
Winnipeg produced three targets over a 3:03 span within the third interval to erase a 4-1 deficit and provides itself an opportunity to win in additional time. The ultimate two regulation targets, by Blake Wheeler and Josh Morrissey, got here 12 seconds aside.
“That is our staff. I imply, we do not quit,” Ehlers stated. “That is what’s so enjoyable enjoying on this staff, and , after the OT winner you might see the enjoyment and it is a surprise nobody bought injured there throughout the celebration. It is superior. Like I stated, the boys do not quit. We confirmed methods to battle on the finish and it paid off.”
The one remorse from the Winnipeg aspect was that no followers bore witness to it inside the world.
“Truthfully, I want there have been followers within the constructing for a recreation like this,” stated Mathieu Perreault, who scored the primary of the third-period targets. “It will have been completely insane. I am unable to even think about if this constructing was full how loopy it will’ve been.”
Followers or no followers, the Jets absolutely grasp what they’ve accomplished by successful. In NHL historical past, groups have come again from a 3-0 sequence deficit simply 4 instances, and simply twice for the reason that NHL expanded to 30 groups in 2000.
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So, historical past will not be on the aspect of Conor McDavid and Co. They don’t have any margin for error transferring ahead.
“We did sufficient good issues on this recreation tonight to win. We gave a recreation away and now we’ll see how we reply,” coach Dave Tippett stated.