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Cam Talbot, Leon Draisaitl help Oilers shut out Ducks

Goalie makes 26 saves, forward scores twice

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Cam Talbot made 26 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Leon Draisaitl scored twice for the Edmonton Oilers in a 4-0 win against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on Wednesday.

"My job night in, night out is to make the saves early," Talbot said. "I think there were a couple early and we got our legs and potted some goals ourselves."

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian scored for Edmonton (27-15-8), who have won six of their past seven games (6-0-1) and are one point behind the Ducks for second place in the Pacific Division.

 

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John Gibson made 19 saves for Anaheim (27-15-9). The Ducks had two opportunities to take the lead in the first period, but Talbot made a save on Josh Manson and another off a rebound on Antoine Vermette.

Draisaitl gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead at 5:33 of the second period, taking a return pass from Connor McDavid on an odd-man rush and lifting a shot over Gibson.

Video: Talbot earns Wednesday's Pepsi Zero Sugar Shutout

"I think Connor will tell you about 21 guys were yelling, 'Shoot!'" Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "Maybe that's why he's special, because he looked to pass. Give credit to Leon because he had to reel the puck in, find it and score on the second opportunity."

Nugent-Hopkins put the Oilers up 2-0 with 2:05 left in the second. He took a pass from Milan Lucic in the slot and shot through Gibson's pads. Anton Slepyshev intercepted a clearing attempt by Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa inside the Anaheim blue line, which led to the goal.

"They had a higher rate of completing passes and creating scoring chances than we did," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "But we didn't play well with the puck. We haven't done that in a while. We hit some posts, we had a couple of open nets and the chances we did get after two periods, most of them, we didn't have much of a net presence. We were one and done."

Kassian gave Edmonton a 3-0 lead with 16 seconds left in the second. He tipped the puck past Sami Vatanen before backhanding it over Gibson's shoulder for his fourth of the season.

"I know I won't get many of those," Kassian said. "I got lucky on the backhand. Good feeling."

Draisaitl scored his second at 1:34 of the third period to give Edmonton a 4-0 lead. He took a pass from Patrick Maroon at the left faceoff circle and shot past Gibson. Draisaitl leads the Oilers with 19 goals.

"It wasn't like we didn't have anything going, it was stupid mistakes," Ducks forward Ryan Kesler said. "We beat ourselves. Obviously we've just got to forget about this one and move on."

Talbot made nine saves in the third period to preserve the 15th shutout of his NHL career.

 

Goal of the game

McDavid took a pass from Draisaitl in the slot and gave it back to him for the opening goal.

Video: EDM@ANA: Draisaitl nets give-and-go from McDavid

 

Save of the game

Talbot made a right-pad save on Vermette off a rebound at 9:29 of the first period.

Video: EDM@ANA: Talbot denies chances from Kase, Vermette

 

Unsung performance of the game

Oilers defenseman Kris Russell had a game-high five blocked shots, including one by Vatanen, which dropped Russell and sent him hobbling to the bench.

 

Highlight of the game

Kassian won a race to a loose puck inside the Ducks zone against Nick Ritchie to lead to his goal.

Video: EDM@ANA: Kassian shovels in backhand to finish rush

 

They said it

"The one goal we turned the puck over three times in a row, and the one pass we made to a broken stick. So that complicated things for us." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on the second goal

 

"We absolutely needed him early. He made some big saves to get us into the game. We weren't on our toes to begin with, but that's what good goaltending does." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan on goaltender Cam Talbot

 

"That may be the goal of the year. Unbelievable play. Chips it to himself and goes backhand shelf the other way. You don't see many goals like that. That'll be on the highlights for a while." -- Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot on Zack Kassian's goal

 

Need to know

Draisaitl has four two-goal games this season. This was his first since Dec. 1. ... Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano played his 755th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the NHL. Cogliano has not missed a game since making his NHL debut with Edmonton on Oct. 4, 2007. … Draisaitl (three goals, three assists) and McDavid (two goals, five assists) each extended his point streak to five games.

 

What's next

Oilers: At the San Jose Sharks on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; CSN-CA, SNW, NHL.TV)

Ducks: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SN, SN1, PRIME, ALT, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Talbot, Draisaitl shut down Ducks, 4-0

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