Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Oilers find their place in the sun

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Cam Talbot made 31 saves and Mark Letestu scored the first of three second-period goals, lifting the Oilers over the Jets 3-0 on Sunday in an outdoor game delayed almost two hours by sunlight melting the ice.

The victory at Investors Group Field extended Edmonton's winning streak to three. The Oilers are 5-1 in the first six games of a season for the first time since 1985-86. "It's a big win for us," captain Connor McDavid said. "We rose to the challenge and played a good game. 'Talbs' was great for us."

Jets errors allowed Edmonton to break the game open in the second. Winnipeg was on a power play midway through the period when defenseman Dustin Byfuglien failed to get his stick on a loose puck in the Oilers' end. Letestu picked it up and went in alone on Connor Hellebuyck, beating him with a low shot for a short-handed goal at 9:24.

Darnell Nurse emerged from the penalty box a few minutes later and broke for a two-on-one with McDavid. Nurse took a pass from McDavid, then sent a shot over Hellebuyck's glove with 8:50 left. McDavid, the first overall pick in the 2015 draft, has four goals and five assists in six games, his nine points tied for the league lead.

Zach Kassian gave the Oilers a three-goal advantage after Jets rookie Patrik Laine, the second overall pick in this year's draft, turned over the puck.

Game highlights: Every team now has a regulation loss with the Canucks' 4-2 defeat by the host Ducks. … John Tavares had two goals and an assist, and the host Islanders beat the Wild 6-3. Zach Parise scored twice for Minnesota to top 300 career goals. He is the league's active goals leader among American players. … Dan Girardi scored 1:55 into the third and the Rangers got a 3-2 win over the Coyotes, who have lost their first four games on a six-game trip.

Demers out of hospital: Former Lightning coach and current Canadian Senator Jacques Demers was home after being hospitalized in Montreal, his Senate office said. The office didn't provide details about why he was hospitalized. Reports said Saturday that Demers, 72, had suffered a second stroke this year. Demers also had a stroke in April.

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