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Stempniak nets winner in Jets’ 4-1 victory over Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Lee Stempniak scored the winning goal, and the Winnipeg Jets solidified their Western Conference playoff spot with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night.

Drew Stafford, Tyler Myers and Michael Frolik also scored for the Jets, who have won five in a row.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the lone goal for the Oilers, who have lost nine of 11.

Winnipeg got on the board first, 7:32 in, when Stafford picked off Oscar Klefbom’s pass and raced into the Oilers zone. He beat Ben Scrivens with a wrist shot for his fourth goal and eighth point in six games.

Both teams lost players in the opening period. Edmonton defenseman Andrew Ference left with an upper-body injury, and forward Boyd Gordon went out with a bad back. The Jets lost forward Blake Wheeler after he took a deflected puck to the face, but he returned for the start of the third period.

The Jets made it 2-0 five minutes into the second period when Stempniak smacked in a rebound during a scramble in front of the Edmonton net.

Winnipeg took a three-goal lead with four minutes remaining in the middle period when Myers ripped a shot in off the post during a two-man advantage.

Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec kept the lead intact with a kick save on a late short-handed chance by Benoit Pouliot.

However, Nugent-Hopkins got the Oilers on the scoreboard just over a minute into the third with a wrist shot from the slot that beat Pavelec on the short-side.

Winnipeg got that goal back on the power play with just under eight minutes to play in the third. A big rebound came back to Frolik, and he lifted his 17th of the season over Scrivens.

NOTES: It was the last of three meetings between the teams. The Jets won the previous two games in Winnipeg. … Oilers forwards Jordan Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins came into the game with 14 points apiece in their previous seven games. … Scrivens made his 15th start in Edmonton’s last 16 games.

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