Trouba's OT goal gives Jets 3-2 win over Oilers

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2014 at 5:09 pm •  Published: January 18, 2014
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — New Jets coach Paul Maurice likes what he has seen from Winnipeg rookies Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele.

That dynamic duo scored all three goals for the Jets in a 3-2 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Maurice improved to 3-0 since taking over for fired coach Claude Noel on Jan. 12.

"They're good players," said Maurice, who added that he doesn't look at the franchise's first two No. 1 draft picks since moving from Atlanta as rookies. "There's not like a kiddie section in our locker room."

Trouba, a 19-year-old defenseman, tied it 2-2 in the third period and scored in overtime for Winnipeg (22-23-5). Scheifele, a 20-year-old center, gave the Jets a 2-1 lead midway through the third.

Jordan Eberle and David Perron had the goals for the Oilers, who went 0-4 on a Central Division road trip and were outscored 17-8.

Edmonton lost this one when Jets forward Blake Wheeler found Trouba alone in front of the net for the winning goal after he nearly scored himself.

"Nobody really got down when we got down a goal," said Trouba, who couldn't recall ever scoring an overtime winner or having two goals in a game. "I don't do that very often."

The Oilers forced overtime when Perron redirected Jeff Petry's point shot with two minutes remaining in regulation on just the fifth Edmonton shot of the third period.

Perron said the game would have played out much differently had the Oilers added to their 1-0 lead.

"I had a breakaway in the first," he said. "I would like to have that one back, probably."

Trouba had tied it at 5:48 of the third with a short-handed goal.

Bryan Little carried the puck down the left wing, went around a sprawling Petry, and found the rookie defenseman in the low slot. It was the NHL-worst ninth short-handed goal allowed by the Oilers (15-30-6).

"They were both spectacular plays," Trouba said of the setups from Little and Wheeler. "You've just got to get the puck to those kind of players and they'll find you."

Little and Maurice spoke of the Jets' willingness to stay patient despite trailing by a goal.

"We didn't want to take too many chances and too many risks yet," Little said. "It was just a one-goal game. We were waiting for our opportunities, and it happened to come when we were short-handed."

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