Edmonton at Winnipeg

Trouba's OT goal gives Jets' Maurice third straight win


WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- New Jets coach Paul Maurice likes what he has seen from Winnipeg rookies Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele.

That dynamic duo scored all three goals for the Jets in a 3-2 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Maurice improved to 3-0 since taking over for fired coach Claude Noel on Jan. 12.

"They're good players," said Maurice, who added that he doesn't look at the franchise's first two No. 1 draft picks since moving from Atlanta as rookies. "There's not like a kiddie section in our locker room."

Trouba, a 19-year-old defenseman, tied it 2-2 in the third period and scored in overtime for Winnipeg (22-23-5). Scheifele, a 20-year-old center, gave the Jets a 2-1 lead midway through the third.

Jordan Eberle and David Perron had the goals for the Oilers, who went 0-4 on a Central Division road trip and were outscored 17-8.

Edmonton lost this one when Jets forward Blake Wheeler found Trouba alone in front of the net for the winning goal after he nearly scored himself.

"Nobody really got down when we got down a goal," said Trouba, who couldn't recall ever scoring an overtime winner or having two goals in a game. "I don't do that very often."

The Oilers forced overtime when Perron redirected Jeff Petry's point shot with two minutes remaining in regulation on just the fifth Edmonton shot of the third period.

Perron said the game would have played out much differently had the Oilers added to their 1-0 lead.

"I had a breakaway in the first," he said. "I would like to have that one back, probably."

Trouba had tied it at 5:48 of the third with a short-handed goal.

Bryan Little carried the puck down the left wing, went around a sprawling Petry, and found the rookie defenseman in the low slot. It was the NHL-worst ninth short-handed goal allowed by the Oilers (15-30-6).

"They were both spectacular plays," Trouba said of the setups from Little and Wheeler. "You've just got to get the puck to those kind of players and they'll find you."

Little and Maurice spoke of the Jets' willingness to stay patient despite trailing by a goal.

"We didn't want to take too many chances and too many risks yet," Little said. "It was just a one-goal game. We were waiting for our opportunities, and it happened to come when we were short-handed."

Scheifele then fought through a check along the boards, cut to the front of the net, and banged in his own rebound for his ninth goal, making it 2-1 at 10:37 of the third.

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins was encouraged by the fight his team showed after Edmonton trailed by a goal.

"We were fine early," Eakins said, "and then as the game wears on, and as the game gets harder and harder, we don't have that strength to quite sustain it for the full 60 minutes."

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 20 shots for Winnipeg, and Ilya Bryzgalov made 36 saves for Edmonton.

Eberle opened the scoring for the Oilers on the power play at 6:59 of the second period with his 16th goal. Eberle took a pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins below the left faceoff dot and beat Pavelec high to the glove side.

The Jets outshot the Oilers 24-16 through two periods, but couldn't beat Bryzgalov. Winnipeg had an 11-8 edge in the scoreless first period in which each team failed to score on a pair of power plays.

Newly acquired Oilers forward Matt Hendricks took a puck to the ear midway through the period and went to the locker room, but returned shortly after. Wheeler was shaken up after taking an elbow to the head from Taylor Hall, but didn't miss a shift.

Some were expecting the bad blood to carry over from the teams' previous meeting, a 6-2 Edmonton win on Dec. 23 in which the Jets racked up 78 penalty minutes. But there was little action after the whistle until a short third-period scrap between Hendricks and Jets defenseman Mark Stuart.


  • Oilers forward Nail Yakupov, who left Thursday's game with a head injury, didn't play. Teammate Ales Hemsky missed a second straight game because of a foot injury.
  • Jets forward Evander Kane missed his fourth consecutive game with a hand injury sustained during a fight in the final seconds of a game against Tampa Bay on Jan. 7.
  • Winnipeg's experiment with defenseman Dustin Byfuglien playing at forward continued for a fourth game. The 28-year-old Byfuglien played in his 500th NHL game.
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Rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba has his first career two-goal game, including the winner 1:10 into overtime.  (USATSI)
Rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba has his first career two-goal game, including the winner 1:10 into overtime. (USATSI)
Edmonton (15-30-6)01102
Winnipeg  (22-23-5) «00213
Three Stars
J. Trouba

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
M. Scheifele

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
J. Eberle

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
06:59Power Play - Jordan Eberle (16), Snap Shot. Assist: Nugent-Hopkins, Hall
05:48Short - Jacob Trouba (6), Tip-In. Assist: Little
10:37 - Mark Scheifele (9), Backhand Shot. Assist: Wheeler, O'Dell
18:00 - David Perron (18), Tip-In. Assist: Petry, Gagner
01:10 - Jacob Trouba (7), Tip-In. Assist: Wheeler
Penalty Summary
55.0Frolik, 2 min, Hooking
10:05Gagner, 2 min, Holding
15:01Hall, 2 min, Elbowing
19:40Stuart, 2 min, Hooking
06:44O'Dell, 2 min, Hooking
08:27Schultz, 2 min, Tripping
14:55Jones, 2 min, High sticking
20:00Petry, 2 min, Slashing
04:01Enstrom, 2 min, Hooking
08:26Hendricks, 5 min, Fighting
08:26Stuart, 5 min, Fighting
13:22Enstrom, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Ilya Bryzgalov 61:10363
Ondrej Pavelec 61:10202
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Referees - Eric Furlatt, Tom Kowal
Linesmen - Greg Devorski, Brad Lazarowich
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