EDMONTON, Alberta -- Spoiling the Edmonton Oilers' home opener, the Winnipeg Jets scored the final three goals to rally for a 5-4 win Tuesday at Rexall Place.
Michael Frolik scored the game-winner with some great hustle at 14:58 of the third. It was his second goal of the night. He cut Edmonton's lead to 4-3 late in the second period.
Jacob Trouba scored a soft goal from just inside the blue line at 11:06 of the third, tying the game.
The Oilers started well enough, with Luke Gazdic making a solid first impression, setting up the first goal of the game on the first shift of his NHL career. He sent a backhand toward the net that Mike Brown deflected home to make it 1-0 at 2:12 of the first.
The joy from that was short-lived, however, as Winnipeg tied the score on its first shot of the game, a snap shot from Mark Scheifele that Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk didn't handle well. Dubnyk went down early and was too deep in his net when the shot went high into the far corner.
The Jets made it 2-1 on the 100th goal of Bryan Little's career, a stick-side wrister after a Ryan Smyth turnover, at 16:12 of the first. However, Edmonton took a 2-2 tie into the first intermission after Boyd Gordon deflected a point shot past Ondrej Pavelec at 18:08 on the power play.
Ales Hemsky made a highlight rush, dancing through about three Jets defenders before putting a laser beam in the far corner to make it 3-2 Edmonton early in the second.
Jesse Joensuu's power-play goal at 7:53 of the second gave the Oilers their first two-goal cushion of the night.
Four of the seven players making their debut as Oilers picked up points: Gordon and Joensuu had goals, while Gadzic and Will Acton recorded assists.
NOTES: Tuesday's game was the first between the Jets and Oilers in Edmonton in 17 years, since before the Winnipeg franchise moved to Phoenix in 1996. ... The Oilers last qualified for the postseason in 2006, while the Jets franchise last made the playoffs as the Atlanta Thrashers in 2007. ... Eric O'Dell (one goal, two assists), Devin Setoguchi (one goal, two assists)), Eric Tangradi (three assists), and Jacob Trouba (three assists) tied for the Winnipeg lead in points during the preseason. ... The Oilers selected their alternate captains at the morning skate, all six of them. The A's will go to Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nick Schultz and Smyth. ... Ben Eager was a healthy scratch for the Oilers.