Lauri Korpikoski’s go-ahead goal late in the second period proved to the be the game winner and Cam Talbot made 39 saves as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday night.
Patrick Maroon also scored for Edmonton (26-35-7). Winnipeg (27-33-5) got its lone goal from Mark Scheifele, who continued his torrid scoring pace with his 21st.
The Oilers moved out of the basement in the Western Conference ahead of Calgary and are tied with the Jets with 59 points.
Talbot made a sprawling glove save midway through the third period to retain the lead and earn his 16th win of the season. Ondrej Pavelec picked up his 10th loss after allowing two goals on 31 shots.
Connor McDavid had the best chance of a scoreless first period, accepting a breakout pass from fellow former No. 1 overall pick Nail Yakupov to put him in alone on Pavelec. The Jets goaltender was up to the task, getting his glove hand on McDavid’s deke attempt to keep the game scoreless five minutes in.
Edmonton prevailed first early in the second period.
Taylor Hall, working behind the goal line in Winnipeg’s zone, found Maroon on Pavelec’s doorstep and Maroon fired home his sixth of the season for the 1-0 lead at 5:25.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Scheifele tied it up 1-1 his ninth goal in his last nine games 51 seconds after Maroon scored.
Blake Wheeler, who streaked down the right side and found Scheifele sitting alone in the slot for sixth goal in the last three games, set up the goal.
The Oilers scored the eventual game winner before the period was through.
Andrej Sekera made a slick move to funnel down toward the Winnipeg goal and found Korpikoski, who on one knee jammed home a loose puck in the slot for the 2-1 lead at 16:20.
NOTES: The Jets were awarded the Heritage Classic on Sunday. The game will be played at Investors Group Field on Oct. 23. An alumni game, including the likes of Wayne Gretzky and Dale Hawerchuk, will take place a day earlier on Oct. 22. The last Heritage Classic game took place in Vancouver in 2014.Report Typo/Error