Winnipeg Jets stun Blues with 4-3 shootout win

The Winnipeg Jets stunned the St. Louis Blues with a 4-3 shootout win Friday night at the MTS Centre.

Jacob Trouba carried off ice in stretcher after falling face-first into boards

Members of the Winnipeg Jets talk to reporters on Friday night, after the team stunned the St. Louis Blues with a 4-3 shootout win at the MTS Centre. 12:53

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

Overtime summary:

Goals – None

Penalties – STL Berglund (Slashing) 4:20

Shootout summary:

RoundWinnipeg JetsSt. Louis BluesTotal
1Blake Wheeler

T.J. Oshie

2Andrew Ladd(g)Alexander Steen(g)1-2
3Bryan Little(g)

Vladimir Tarasenko


Evander Kane

Vladimir Sobotka


Anthony Peluso

Kevin Shattenkirk


Michael Frolik

Patrik Berglund


Olli Jokinen


Chris Stewart


About the Author

Jeff Hamilton

Winnipeg Jets

Jeff Hamilton is an award-winning journalist born and raised in Winnipeg. Jeff is a graduate of the Carleton University journalism program and has worked for CBC in Ottawa and Manitoba. This will be his second year covering his hometown team. Jeff is passionate about hockey, playing and has studied the game his entire life.


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