Glenn Anderson's two goals and Mark Messier's three assists led visiting Edmonton to its 20th consecutive win over Winnipeg. The Jets, currently on a six-game winless streak, have not beaten Edmonton since March 23, 1983.
"It seems that both teams go through the same exercise every time and fortunately it always turns out well for us," said Edmonton Coach Glen Sather. "Both teams feel each other out for the first 20 or 30 minutes and it seems the first real break decides the game . . . (Edmonton goalie Grant) Fuhr has been struggling of late, but tonight he played a strong game."
Edmonton scored three goals in just over three minutes in the second period to take a 4-1 lead.
Anderson lifted a backhanded shot over goalie Marc Behrend, who was knocked down on the play at 12:13. Just 33 seconds later, center Billy Carroll capitalized on a poor clearing attempt with a wrist shot to the stick side. At 15:27, defenseman Paul Coffey converted a rebound for his 17th goal of the season.
Anderson scored on a 15-foot slap shot at 3:36 of the final period to give Edmonton a 5-1 lead. Oilers center Wayne Gretzky followed with his 41st goal of the season, on a breakaway at 7:23.