Jesse Puljujarvi — 200-foot player? Oilers fans have reason to be excited

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Bruce McCurdy  •  Edmonton Journal

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Oct 18, 2021  •  41 minutes ago  •  4 minute read  •  Join the conversation

Edmonton Oilers’ Jesse Puljujarvi (13) celebrates a goal on Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) during third period NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia Article content

Flashback to Saturday night. For a few anxious moments, Edmonton Oilers’ once-comfortable 3-0 lead against their archrival Calgary Flames had shrunk to a single goal. Calgary had just struck for a powerplay goal 5 minutes into the third period to cut the Oilers’ lead to 3-2. Having seen the home side fritter away a 2-0 lead in the final 8 minutes of regulation in their opener against Vancouver three days earlier, Oilers fans had every reason to be nervous.

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Enter  Jesse Puljujarvi , who over the next 26 seconds put on a clinic of two-way hockey that ended with the emerging power winger restoring Edmonton’s 2-goal lead, in the process taking the wind out of Calgary’s comeback sails.

Most will remember J.P.’s quick break-in to receive Cody Ceci ‘s fine pass and unleash a perfect shot past Jacob Markstrom in the Calgary cage, but that was just the finishing nail in an outstanding sequence by…

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