Cam Talbot made 31 saves for his twelfth career shutout as the Edmonton Oilers won the Heritage Classic 3-0 over the Winnipeg Jets at Investors Group Field on Sunday afternoon.
Talbot held the Oilers in the game in the first period, making ten saves as the Jets carried the play.
Mark Letestu opened the scoring on a shorthanded breakaway at 9:24 of the second period.
“You’re just thinking, you’ve got a chance to get yourselves on the board, get the team going. There wasn’t any ‘wow’ moment when I got the puck, it was more just, ‘please score,’ something like that.”
It’s Letestu’s second shorthanded goal of the season. Both have turned out be game winners.
Just 1:46 later, Darnell Nurse came out of the penalty box and into a two-on-one with Connor McDavid. McDavid fed Nurse for the first goal scored by an Oilers defenceman this season.
“Honestly it’s better to be on the side where he has the puck than be defending it. He made a great play there and I just had to tap it in it felt like. It was a great play on his part and I just got myself to the right spot.”
Zach Kassian added another score with 2:44 left in the second.
The game started almost two hours late after being delayed because of sunlight causing a glare on the ice.
The Oilers improve to 5-1 while the Jets sink to 2-3. The Oilers will host Washington on Wednesday. (jrw)