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Strome OT goal lifts Oilers past Kolner Haie in Global Series

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Ryan Strome scored at 2:07 of overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 win against Kolner Haie in a preseason game at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, as part of the 2018 NHL Global Series Challenge on Wednesday.

The game was the final one for the Oilers before they begin the regular season against the New Jersey Devils in the 2018 NHL Global Series at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, MSG+, NHL.TV).

Video: EDM@KLH: Strome nets redirection for overtime-winner

Ty Rattie, Milan Lucic and Tobias Rieder scored for the Oilers. Jason Akeson, Moritz Muller and Ben Hanowski scored for Kolner Haie.

"It was a good experience and a lot of fun," Strome said. "It's great for the game and great to see how much they love their team here."

Rattie, projected to start the season on the top line with center Connor McDavid, put the Oilers ahead 3-2 with his eighth preseason goal after redirecting a pass from Darnell Nurse that went off the skate of a Kolner Haie player and past goalie Hannibal Weitzmann.

Lucic gave Edmonton a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal after redirecting a pass from McDavid past Weitzmann at 7:27 of the second period. The goal came shortly after forward Ryan Jones created a turnover, skated down the ice and nearly beat Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen on a backhand attempt.

Rieder, born in Landshut, Germany, opened the scoring at 11:05 of the first. Rieder forced a turnover, skated up the slot and received a pass from Cologne native Leon Draisaitl that he backhanded past goalie Gustaf Wesslau. Edmonton outshot Kolner Haie 13-3 in the period.

Video: EDM@KLH: Draisaitl sets up Rieder for opening goal

"You couldn't write it any better," Rieder said.

Draisaitl said, "It was pretty cool having another German on the team and on my line. It's pretty special and fun to talk some German once in a while."

Draisaitl's father Peter is the coach for Kolner Haie.

"I told him to 'stop now, that's enough'," Peter Draisaitl joked about asking his son to pump the brakes after he set up Rieder.

The game capped an emotional week for the Draisaitls.

"It was easier than I thought," Peter Draisaitl said. "Not a big issue at all. The Oilers, for whatever reason, are my favourite team in the National Hockey League. I wish them a great season."

Kolner Haie tied the game 2-2 when Muller picked up a rebound and shot the puck past Koskinen at 4:58 of the third.

Hanowski made it 3-3 at 12:38. Jones, who played five seasons with the Oilers (2009-14), earned one of the assists.

Akeson, who played 15 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers from 2012-15, made it 1-1 at 1:41 of the second when he completed a tic-tac-toe sequence with Fabio Pfohl and Ben Hanowski.

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