Edmonton is a game away from hitting the links.
Now, the Oilers find themselves in the unenviable position of having to win three straight games against the Jets to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. This, after taking a 4-1 lead in the third period of Game 3 on Sunday before losing 5-4 in overtime.
“Yesterday I thought we could have handled the end much better,” defender Adam Larsson said of the Oilers’ loss. “Last night was tough, but waking up today, you’re looking for redemption today. We just have to win today and go back to Edmonton and try to win one game and then it’s a 3-2 series and anything can happen. One game at a time here. and tonight is life or death, a really important one. “
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A 3-0 hole is not good for Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and company. In NHL history, teams trailing 3-0 are 4-193 in a best-of-seven series. Translation: The odds are not in your favor. But the Jets also know that closing things will not be an easy task.
“If it’s going to take 60 minutes or more, it will take 60 minutes or more,” said Paul Stastny. “We have to be prepared for that knowing that they will leave it all there because it is potentially their last game of the season. So they will come out fighting as hard as they can.”
The Oilers will also be without Josh Archibald, who received a one-game suspension earlier in the day for cutting Logan Stanley from the Jets in Game 3. Archibald’s penalty came with the Oilers up 4-1 in the third; Mathieu Perreault scored on the power play to cut the Jets’ deficit in half. Just over three minutes later, the game was tied.
Now, Edmonton will have to turn the page and leave the shocking loss behind. McDavid (three assists) and Draisaitl (two goals, assist) did finally get on the board in Game 3, but they will need more in this considering how good Connor Hellebuyck has been between the pipes. The current Vezina Trophy winner has a surprising .958 save percentage in three games.
Sporting News had all the action as the Oilers look to avoid elimination and the Jets look to move on.
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Oilers vs. Jets, highlights of the fourth game of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs
First period: Jets 2, Oilers 1
10:27 pm – Statistics of the first period, by natural stats trick:
- The Jets led in shooting attempts 21-17 and shooting 12-5.
- The Jets also led in high-danger opportunities, 4-2.
10:20 pm – The doorbell rings. The Jets will begin the second period with 1:18 of power play time.
10:18 pm – Oof. Leon Draisaitl takes a penalty away from the play as he cuts Appleton’s leg. The Oilers return to the death penalty less than a minute after killing the Haas penalty.
10:17 pm – Winnipeg gets a few stares, but greasers can kill the power play.
10:15 pm – Gaetan Haas defeats Scheifele and the Jets, who are 1 of 1 in the power play thus far, have a chance to increase their lead.
10:13 pm – GOAL. Josh Morrissey’s shot from the spot goes off Mason Appleton and then Darnell Nurse and passes Mike Smith. Jets lead 2-1
10:11 pm – With 4:27 remaining in the period, Winnipeg leads 7-5 in shooting.
10:04 pm – Oilers defender Ethan Bear is having trouble getting off the ice.
10:01 pm – McDavid’s first goal of the series.
9:58 pm – GOAL. McDavid spins the wheels to push the Jets to their end, he drops down to Draisaitl, who returns it to him, and McDavid wraps him around. Game tied 1-1
9:54 pm – GOL PP. Mark Scheifele with the only timer on Blake Wheeler’s pass to the other side of “Royal Road.” Jets lead 1-0
9:52 pm – The Jets had a player right up front all alone, but the Oilers were able to break the pass.
9:52 pm – Adam Larsson asked to wait.
9:51 pm – Mark Scheifele with a good backhand chance.
9:50 pm – Not much action so far; Just a lot of play up and down.
9:45 pm – Game on.
Before the game
9:22 pm – Getting ready at The Peg
9:15 pm – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins traded wing for rookie Ryan McLeod is, well, a surprise.
Lubricator Alignment in WPG, Set 4:
– Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) May 25, 2021
Earlier in the day – The greasers need to put Sunday behind them, fast.
Body language doesn’t look very good this morning for #Greasers. IMO. They still look like they are in shock and trying to understand what happened last night. They need to get out of it and get over disappointment if they want to extend their season tonight in Game 4. #NHLJets #NHL pic.twitter.com/2sbrYBIFFR
– Derek Van Diest (@DerekVanDiest) May 24, 2021
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.