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Jets Fall 4-3 in Overtime Loss to St. Louis

By Carter Brooks

Photos by James Carey Lauder

The defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues rolled into Bell MTS Place on Friday evening and stole a 4-3 overtime victory from the Winnipeg Jets.

Jets Fall 4-3 in Overtime Loss to St. Louis

The Blues came out flying, scoring two goals in the game’s opening 12 minutes, as both Klim Kostin and Brandon product Joel Edmundson found the twine on relatively pretty plays. Nikolaj Ehlers responded for Winnipeg, capitalizing on breakaway opportunity just 38 seconds after the Blues’ second goal. Despite leading the shot battle 10-4 through 20 minutes, the Jets trailed the visitors after one period of play.

Winnipeg added another 10 shots in the second period, including the game-tying goal on a delayed St. Louis penalty. Andrew Copp found Ehlers cross ice, whose shot hit the crossbar and dropped to the crease without crossing the goal line. Adam Lowry calmly tapped it in, knotting the game up at twos. The Blues responded with eight shots in the frame. 

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Following 17 minutes of back-and-forth third period action, Gabriel Bourque gave Winnipeg a 3-2 lead, banking in a rebound after forward Mark Letestu beat out an icing call with 3:01 left to play. 

With goaltender Jake Allen on the bench for an extra attacker, David Perron tied the game back up once again for St. Louis, ripping a wrist shot past Connor Hellebuyck blocker side with 33 seconds to go. It then took Perron just 1:58 of overtime to score another, the game-winner, giving the Blues a 4-3 overtime victory on a strong play on the puck. 

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Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, while Klim Kostin had a goal and two assists for St. Louis. Sammy Blais also picked up three helpers for the visitors on Friday. Hellebuyck suited up for the first time this preseason, facing only 19 shots in the game, while stopping 15. Jake Allen and Ville Husso split duties, with the pair combining to stop 28 of the Jets’ 31 shots. 

Next up for Winnipeg is another preseason test with the Calgary Flames on Sunday evening, while St. Louis will host its first home exhibition game since last season’s magical playoff run Sunday afternoon. Puck drop from Bell MTS Place is set for 7:00 PM central on Sunday. The game can be viewed live on TSN3.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at

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