EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers ended a six-game losing streak and avoided a full-on fan revolt with a desperately-needed 6-2 triumph over the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Monday.
Coach Dallas Eakins stirred up a hornet's nest at the morning skate when he called a fan a quitter for throwing an Oilers jersey on the ice in disgust after the 6-0 loss to St. Louis on Saturday. That enraged the rest of the Edmonton fan base, who shared the jersey thrower's frustration with the sad-sack organization.
They showed up at Rexall Place ready to vent some more in person if the losing streak grew to seven.
Fortunately for Eakins and the Oilers, it didn't.
The Oilers broke open a 3-2 game with three goals in the third period to win for the first time since Dec. 10.
For the Jets (16-18-5), the losing streak is two games.
Just as Edmonton's six-game losing streak came to an end, so did a long list of personal slumps. For right winger Jordan Eberle, it was his first goal in seven games. For center Sam Gagner, his second in nine. Left winger David Perron and right winger Nail Yakupov scored their first in seven and defenseman Jeff Petry netted his first in 27.
The Oilers came out like everyone expected they would after the morning fire-storm, against an opponent playing its third game in four nights and second of back-to-back games on the road.
They outshot the Jets 14-7 and out-scored them 2-1 on a couple of very nice goals from Eberle and Gagner.
Eberle's goal came on the power play, the first for Edmonton in eight games.
The Jets only goal came on another softie on goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who let a long wrister from defenseman Mark Stuart get through his five-hole. Bryzgalov, who whiffed on a pair of long shots in the 6-0 loss to St. Louis, was kind of a surprise starter.
Winnipeg tied it on a bit of a fluke, a broken-stick change-up from defenseman Dustin Byfuglien that left winger Andrew Ladd tapped in at the side of the net at 9:08 of the second.
Perron made it 3-2 late in the second.
NOTES: Even though he let in two long shots in a 6-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, Oilers G Ilya Bryzgalov was the starter Monday, which probably suggests that management has soured on G Devan Dubnyk. ... Oilers LW Ryan Jones, who was knocked out after colliding with a teammate during the morning skate Saturday, was out of the lineup. ... The first-period power play goal from RW Jordan Eberle was the Oilers' first with the man advantage in eight games. ... Twenty-two of Winnipeg's first 39 games this year were decided by one goal. They were 9-8-5 in the nail-biters. ... Jets RW Devin Setoguchi's first-period assist marked just the second game in nine in which he recorded a point. ... The Jets were without D Paul Postma (blood clot), RW Matt Halischuk (forearm) and C Jim Slater (hernia). ... Eberle's goal was his first in six games. Edmonton LW David Perron's goal was his first in seven games.