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GAME STORY: Oilers 4, Devils 3 SO

The Devils led late but Edmonton rallied to win in a shootout and keep New Jersey from securing their first win

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott / NewJerseyDevils.com

NEWARK, NJ - The Edmonton Oilers tied things up late and Leon Draisaitl scored the lone goal of the shootout to keep the visitors undefeated and drop the Devils to 0-2-2 to start the season.

"You take a lead with however many minutes left, you want to hold that, but I thought we dictated play," said Taylor Hall. "It was a far cry from last night where we seemed to be in our end a lot, especially off the rush. They are a really good rush team but we held them in check. There were a lot of really good things to pull from that game. It's unfortunate we didn't get the win, but we're going to have to keep playing like that."

Kyle Palmieri got the Devils on the board first with a great solo effort. The forward blocked a shot up high, which led to a 2-on-1 rush the other way with Taylor Hall joining him.

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New Jersey heads on the road to take on the Bruins in Boston on Saturday night. The game can be seen on MSG and ESPN+ and can be heard on the Devils Hockey Network, including right here at NewJerseyDevils.com. Puck drop is 7:08 p.m. ET.

Palmieri used Hall as a decoy and sniped a shot for the go-ahead tally. The goal came just 6:14 into his 500th career NHL game.

The Oilers tied the game up, courtesy of one of their young stars, Leon Draisaitl. The forward buried a feed from Darnell Nurse at 9:17 to even things up 1-1.

Near the midway point of the second period, Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood made a huge save on Markus Granlund, who had a breakaway chance. The save kept things equal.

Jesper Bratt teed up Nikita Gusev for a rocket of a slap shot that found twine at 14:12 of the middle frame.

James Neal scored his seventh goal of the season at 19:32 of the second to tie the game again for Edmonton.

Damon Severson got in on the scoring action just in time, giving his team a 3-2 lead at 15:35 of the third period, assisted by Hall and P.K. Subban.

Things got hectic late when the Devils took a penalty with just 1:16 remaining in the game. Edmonton pulled their goaltender for another extra attacker as they looked to tie.

An Edmonton shot trickled past Mackenzie Blackwood and Connor McDavid pounced on it to bury. It was called a good goal on the ice, but it appeared as though the whistle was blown before it crossed the line. It was reviewed and upheld as a goal, tying things up again.

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"I don't know how much of a penalty it was," said Hall. "Last minute, I understand there might have been a trip there but they didn't lose possession, it wasn't a scoring chance and that stuff happened all night long. Officials have a tough job. First off the penalty and then the goal. It's just the way it's going right now."

"Pretty frustrated," said Blackwood. "We had the lead and had a chance to close one out and we really needed to but we just weren't able to."

In overtime, Hall nearly scored the winner less than a minute in as he broke behind the defense but he rang one off the crossbar.

Draisaitl scored for Edmonton as their third shooter to lift his team to victory.

Next up for New Jersey is a date with the Bruins in Boston on Saturday.

 

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