By Scott Edmonds, The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets scored four power-play goals Friday night to overpower the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 in pre-season play.
Adam Lowry, Joel Armia, Toby Enstrom, Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele, who also had three assists, scored for Winnipeg (2-1-0) as the Jets paired their power-play success with strong penalty killing from some of their youngsters.
The Oilers (2-2-0) started strong but didn’t find the back of the net until late in the second period when Oscar Klefbom finally beat Jets netminder Michael Hutchinson, who had stopped 20 shots up to that point. The Jets were outshot 34-21 overall.
Edmonton had nine shots to Winnipeg’s three when centre Lowry, parked in front of the net, connected off Blake Wheeler and Scheifele at 8:39 of the opening period on the Jets’ first power play of the game.
The Oilers blew their chance to even things up a few minutes later, losing half their first power play to an interference call on defenceman Matthew Benning.
That also opened the door for the Jets again and this time, with just three seconds left in their second power play, Scheifele fed Armia, who beat Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot on a breakway.
The headline Friday for Winnipeg was the debut of No. 2 overall draft pick Patrik Laine in a Jets sweater. Despite showing some speed, he didn’t have a lot of chances until late in the second when he came close with a solid slapshot.
Laine lined up with fellow Finn Armia and Nic Petan in the middle. Finland was also well represented on Edmonton’s side with No. 4 draft pick Jesse Puljujarvi, another player from the nation’s gold-medal junior team.
The Jets scored their third power-play goal early in the second when Talbot lost control of a loose puck that found its way back to Winnipeg defenceman Enstrom in the slot at 2:53.
A fourth Winnipeg goal from winger Branden Tanev was waved off by the referee for a high stick.
The Oilers’ frustration boiled over in the second with winger Matt Hendricks going after Dustin Byfuglien, then linemate Zach Kassian taking on Julian Melchiori.
The Oilers got their only goal at the 15:40 mark of the second when Klefblom stole the puck from beside the Winnipeg net and slipped it behind Hutchinson, who was making his pre-season debut.
Scheifele continued Winnipeg’s power-play success and made it 4-1 at 14:22 from the face-off circle off a pass from Paul Postma and Connor made it 5-1 with about two minutes left with assists from linemates Scheifele and Wheeler.