One is a Vezina trophy winner. The other began his fourth career.
But it was Stuart Skinner who overtook Connor Hellebuyck when the Edmonton Oilers dropped the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 in a surprisingly entertaining hockey game Thursday night.
The Jets tested the 23-year-old early and frequently, throwing 17 shots their way in the opening period but could not find the back of the net.
Likewise, the Oilers had 11 shots on goal in the opening period, many high danger chances, but were unable to defeat Hellebuyck.
The trend continued in a very physical second period, but the goalkeepers continued to hold down the fort. The Jets had three power plays in the frame that were thwarted by the Oilers’ outstanding penalty shootout, while Winnipeg also killed off Oilers in the second.
The goal duel went well in the third before Nikolai Ehlers was finally able to overtake Skinner. Mark Scheifele dropped a short pass to Ehlers near the left front point in the Oilers finish, and Ehlers tore it off a top shelf to give Winnipeg the lead.
The lead lasted 28 seconds.
Connor McDavid decided to do Connor McDavid stuff, collecting the hockey puck at his own blue line, collecting steam, and dancing his way through the entire Jets team before beating Hellebuyck. Yet another outstanding reel goal for the Oilers captain.
But it looked like he might be wearing the horns when he took a double minor penalty for a high stick with just 44 seconds left.
His teammates took the slack, however, killing off the entire penalty to get the game to a shootout.
After the first gun for each side missed, McDavid beat Hellebuyck again to give Edmonton the advantage before Kyle Turris finished things for the home side.
Skinner finished with a whopping 46 saves while Hellebuyck put aside 31 shots. Winnipeg immediately returns to it on Friday evening at Vancouver.