Edmonton is one game away from hitting the links.
Now, the Oilers are in the unenviable position of needing to win three straight 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.
“I thought yesterday we could have handled the end a lot better,” defenseman 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 a game and then it’s a 3-2 series and everything can happen. One game at a time here and tonight is do or die, a really important one.”
A 3-0 hole isn’t great 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 their favor. But the Jets also know that closing things out will not be an easy task.
“If it’s going to take 60 minutes or more, it’s going to take 60 minutes or more,” said Paul Stastny. “We’ve got to be ready for that knowing that they’re going to leave it all out there because potentially it’s your last game of the season. So they’re going to come out fighting as hard as they can.”
The Oilers will also be without Josh Archibald, who was handed a one-game suspension earlier in the day for clipping the Jets’ Logan Stanley 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 Jets deficit in half. Just over three minutes later, the game was tied.
Now, Edmonton will have to turn the page and put the shocking loss behind them. McDavid (three assists) and Draisaitl (two goals, assist) finally got on the board in Game 3, but they’ll need more in this one considering just how good Connor Hellebuyck has been between the pipes. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner has an eye-popping .958 save percentage through three games.
Sporting News had all the action as the Oilers look to stave off elimination and the Jets aim to move on.
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Oilers vs. Jets score, highlights from 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs Game 4
10:01 p.m. — McDavid’s first goal of the series.
9:58 p.m. — GOAL. McDavid turns the wheels on pushing the Jets into their end, drops to Draisaitl who gives it back and McDavid wraps it around. Game tied 1-1
9:54 p.m. — PP GOAL. Mark Scheifele with the one-timer off the pass from Blake Wheeler across the “Royal Road.” Jets lead 1-0
9:52 p.m. — Jets had a player right in front all alone but the Oilers able to break up the pass.
9:52 p.m. — Adam Larsson called for holding.
9:51 p.m. — Mark Scheifele with a decent backhand chance.
9:50 p.m. — Not much action so far; Just a lot of up-and-down play.
9:45 p.m. — Game on.
9:22 p.m. — Getting ready in The Peg
9:15 p.m. — Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shifted to the wing for rookie Ryan McLeod is, well, a bit of a surprise.
Oilers lineup at WPG, game 4:
— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) May 25, 2021
Earlier in the day — The Oilers need to put Sunday behind them, fast.
The body language did not look great this morning for #Oilers. IMO. They still look like they’re in shock and trying to understand what happened last night. They need to snap out of it and get over disappointment if they are 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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