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Oilers tied for first in Pacific

Defeat Ducks in overtime to catch them in division race

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers moved into a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with a 3-2 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks at Rogers Place on Saturday.

Leon Draisaitl scored 1:26 into overtime on a pass from Connor McDavid. Draisaitl scored on a 2-on-1 rush with McDavid, one-timing a shot past John Gibson.

 

WATCH: All Ducks vs. Oilers highlights

 

McDavid and Milan Lucic also scored for Edmonton (44-25-9). Cam Talbot made 16 saves to earn his 40th win of the season, tying an Oilers record for most wins in a season set by Grant Fuhr in 1987-88.

"I just saw Connor taking off. It is pretty hard to keep up, let me tell you," Draisaitl said of his overtime goal. "I just got on my horse and tried to catch up and get open for a shot."

Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Eaves scored for Anaheim (42-23-13). Gibson made 34 saves.

Each team has 97 points with four games remaining.

"We didn't play 60 minutes of hockey tonight," Getzlaf said. "That first period we sat back a lot, but we played a good hockey team. They're fighting for their lives too, and we've got to be able to finish games like that."

Video: ANA@EDM: Lucic cleans up rebound for game-tying PPG

McDavid gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead at 19:11 to extend his point streak to 10 games.

Getzlaf made it 1-1 with a power-play goal at 3:27 of the second period. Getzlaf blasted a shot from the point through traffic and over Talbot's shoulder.

Eaves' power-play goal gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead at 8:53 of the third period when he took a pass from Antoine Vermette and tapped the puck into an open net. Vermette had the puck alone in the slot, faked a shot and slid the puck to Eaves.

Perry had an opportunity to extend the Ducks' lead on a breakaway with 7:40 left, but was stopped by Talbot.

Lucic made it 2-2 on the power play at 18:02 when he put a rebound past Gibson off a shot from Draisaitl.

"Ever since the calendar turned over to March, it has just seemed like everything is rolling in the right direction for us," Lucic said. "From the goaltending to the defensive play and guys stepping up offensively … the crowd too. The energy has been ramping up as we get closer to playoffs, and that is important to us. We feed off of that energy that the fans provide us."

Draisaitl extended his point streak to 10 games.

Video: ANA@EDM: Getzlaf blasts slap shot top shelf for PPG

 
Goal of the game

Maroon put the puck in between his skates to get around Lindholm, and set up McDavid for Edmonton's first goal of the game.

Video: ANA@EDM: McDavid pots crafty wrister late in 1st

 

Save of the game

Gibson made consecutive saves on McDavid, Maroon and then Darnell Nurse with 9:02 left in the third period.

 
Highlight of the game

In overtime, Getzlaf lost an edge in the Oilers zone, which led to McDavid and Draisaitl going in on a 2-on-1 rush against Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm. McDavid slid the puck past Lindholm to Draisaitl, who one-timed a shot past Gibson.

Video: ANA@EDM: Draisaitl buries McDavid's feed for OT win

 

Unsung performance of the game

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler played a game-high 29:07, had an assist, three blocked shots and two shot attempts.

 

They said it

"Yeah, it's not a good feeling, that's for sure. It's my responsibility to take care of that puck. I obviously turned a little too sharp and caught my foot. Those things happen. I've got to live with it and go on to tomorrow." -- Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on his turnover, which led to the Oilers' winning goal

 

"It's a battle. It's taken us a long time to figure out how to play against this team. You've just got to bear down and try to outwork them. They're good at what they do." -- Oilers captain Connor McDavid

 

"I've had the honor of being around some tremendous players in my day. [Pavel] Datsyuk, [Joe] Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Sidney Crosby. Connor is at a very, very high level right now. He's separating himself from a lot of people in the League right now, and I say that with a lot of respect for the others, but he is just remarkable right now." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan on Connor McDavid

 

Need to know

McDavid has 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) during his point streak and Draisaitl has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) during his. … Edmonton extended its home winning streak to eight games. They have one home game remaining this season (April 9 against the Vancouver Canucks). … McLellan coached his 700th NHL game. … Anaheim has points in 10 consecutive games (8-0-2).

 

What's next

Ducks: At the Calgary Flames on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET; SN1, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Oilers: At the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SNW, NHL.TV) 

 

Video: McDavid, Draisaitl lift Oilers to 3-2 OT victory

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