The Winnipeg Jets stunned the St. Louis Blues with a 4-3 shootout win Friday night at the MTS Centre.
It would take seven shooters aside to finish the game, but it was a goal by Jets forward Olli Jokinen that would complete the comeback and give the team its fourth win of the year.
Trailing 3-1 in the third period, goals from Evander Kane and Tobias Enstrom in the final seven minutes took the game into extra time.
The Jets' win improves the team's record to 4-4-0, while St. Louis falls to 5-1-1.
Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec recorded 26 saves to earn his third victory of the year. Pavelec stopped five of seven shooters in the shootout.
The Blues would strike first after a Grant Clitsome turnover ended up on the stick of Blues forward T.J. Oshie.
Oshie would eventually slide the puck over to captain David Backes, who deposited it glove side on Pavelec.
The Jets would even things up at 1-1 with 4:30 minutes left in the first period with a goal from Olli Jokinen, who pounced on a Matt Halischuk rebound, beating Blues goalie Brian Elliott with a knuckle-puck slapshot.
But St. Louis would take a 2-1 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the period. Alex Steen — son of former Winnipeg Jets legend Thomas Steen — would get his sixth of the season.
The Blues would later make it 3-1 with Steen’s second goal of the year, tapping in a Backes pass in to an open net.
Evander Kane’s fourth of the season — capitalizing on a turnover from Blues defenceman Roman Polak — would cut the lead to one before Tobias Entsrom would convert on a pass from Dustin Byfuglien to notch things up at 3-3 with less than two minutes to go.
The Jets were given a major scare just three minutes in to the second period after rookie defenceman Jacob Trouba fell face-first in to the boards.
Trainers came out first but medical staff would be called as the 19-year-old needed to be carried off the ice on a stretcher.
First period summary:
Goals – 1. STL Backes (6) (Oshie) 8:43 2. Jokinen (2) (Halischuk) 15:30 3. STL Steen (6) (Unassisted)
Penalties – WPG Kane (Elbowing) 3:00
Second period summary:
Goals – No goals.
Penalties – WPG Kane (High-sticking) 3:53, STL Cole (Holding) 6:28, WPG Enstrom (Delay of game) 11:30
Third period summary:
Goals – 4. STL Steen (7) (Backes, Bouwmeester) 5. Kane (4) (Little) 13:13 6. Enstrom (Byfuglien, Wheeler) 18:06
Penalties – no penalties
Goals – None
Penalties – STL Berglund (Slashing) 4:20
|Round||Winnipeg Jets||St. Louis Blues||Total|
|2||Andrew Ladd||(g)||Alexander Steen||(g)||1-2|