Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Frolik scored the game-winner with
5:02 remaining in the third period to lift his new team, the Winnipeg Jets,
over the Edmonton Oilers, 5-4, in the season opener at Rexall Place.
Jacob Trouba, the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft, tied the game with a
blistering slap shot midway through the third period in his first NHL game,
and Winnipeg held on after Frolik's second tally of the game.
Mark Scheifele and Bryan Little also added goals for the Jets, who moved from
the Eastern Conference over to the West's Central Division following the NHL's
Ondrej Pavelec shook off a slow start, allowing four goals on 24 shots through
the first two periods, but turned away all 14 shots he faced in the third to
come away victorious.
Devan Dubnyk had a dubious start, making just 23 saves and surrendering all
five goals in the setback.
Boyd Gordon and Jesse Joensuu both scored in their first game with the Oilers
after signing as free agents in the offseason. Mike Brown and Ales Hemsky were
Edmonton's other goal scorers.
Dallas Eakins, Edmonton's fifth different head coach in the last six seasons,
lost in his debut.
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