Jets beat oilers 5-0 in pre-season home opener
No, it didn't count for any points in the standings, and it certainly didn't mean much without Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in the lineup, but the Winnipeg Jets swept the Edmonton Oilers in the pre-season for the first time since returning to Manitoba from Atlanta in 2011.
A sluggish opening two periods paved the way for a four-goal, third period outburst, as the Jets piled it on in the late stages of a 5-0 Monday night victory at Canada Life Centre.
The Jets got things going early on a power play strike from Kyle Connor 15:06 into the opening period, as he picked up a sweet cross-crease feed from offseason acquisition Gabe Vilardi and fired home his patented snap shot.
The 1-0 score would hold through the second period, before Winnipeg added four more goals in the final stanza.
Neal Pionk hammered home a one-timer early in the third period to make it 2-0, before the offence exploded before time could tick off the Oilers' clock.
David Gustafsson, Morgan Barron and Kyle Capobianco put the icing on the cake with back-to-back-to-back late-game strikes, finishing off what was an uber-successful 're-debut' for Jets' goaltender Laurent Brossoit. He finished with 26 saves for 5-0 the preseason shutout.
Photos from Monday’s game vs. Edmonton are courtesy of James Carey Lauder:
Jets forward Gabe Vilardi on his debut at Canada Life Centre:
“It was really cool having them cheering for me for a change. It’s always been loud whenever I come to this building, and it’s fun to play in.”
Next up for the Jets is a Wednesday night tilt with the Calgary Flames from Canada Life Centre. That game will also start at 7:00 PM central and can be viewed on TSN. Following that home game, Winnipeg heads on the road for two contests against the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators.