Thanks to a goal from Kyle Connor in triple OT, the Winnipeg Jets are moving on in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Jets defeated the Edmonton Oilers by a final score of 4-3 in Game Four, sweeping the favourites out of the playoffs.
Connor’s off-wing winner came in at 6:52 of the third overtime.
It was the third straight overtime game for the Jets and Oilers in four days.
Winnipeg had a slight shooting edge in Game Four, pouring 43 shots on Mike Smith compared to Edmonton’s 40 shots on Connor Hellebuyck.
Mark Scheifele and Mason Appleton also scored for the Jets.
Darnell Nurse was on the ice for 62:07 of the contest, with McDavid playing over 45 minutes.
McDavid scored his first goal of the playoffs for the Oilers, tying the game briefly after Scheifele’s opening tally in the first. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Alex Chiasson also had goals for Edmonton.
Once again, it was up to the Jets to force a comeback win. They were down a goal going into the third but rallied back for the win. The series-sealing feat was less of a mountain to climb than Sunday’s three-goal comeback in the third period, but those victories set the tone for Winnipeg and likely drove them to the sweep.
They are the team that refuses to go away, the team that refuses to buy in to the popular narrative that this series win is an “upset.”
In just about every single way, Winnipeg was the better team. That should give the Oilers pause as they consider the season in the rearview mirror, especially with McDavid achieving a historic run and all expectations on them to challenge deep in the playoffs.
The Jets will go on to face the winners of the North Division series between the Montreal Canadians and Toronto Maple Leafs.
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