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McDavid goal, Draisaitl hat trick give Oilers win against Senators

23rd of season breaks third-period tie; forwards score four points each

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

McDavid's go-ahead goal

EDM@OTT: McDavid lifts puck past Hogberg for the lead

Connor McDavid skates to the net and lifts a wrist shot past Marcus Hogberg to give the Oilers a late 3-2 lead in the 3rd period

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OTTAWA -- Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each scored four points for the Edmonton Oilers in a 4-2 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday.

"Those players are the ones who make the difference in the game," Edmonton coach Dave Tippett said. "We talked about it last night as a staff. Our last couple games at home against [Ottawa], we had some success with that line together, so we went back with it tonight."

Draisaitl has scored 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in eight games against the Senators this season, the most against one team in one season among active players. McDavid has scored 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) against Ottawa.

Video: Enterprise Hat Trick: Leon Draisaitl

Mikko Koskinen made 28 saves for the Oilers (24-14-2), who have won each of the eight games against the Senators this season.

Josh Norris and Connor Brown scored for the Senators (13-23-4), who have lost four of five. Marcus Hogberg made 31 saves in his first start since Feb. 18.

"I thought we started a little slow, but other than that, our 5-on-5 game was good," Brown said. "We made plays with the puck, we held on to it. Some elite players made some elite plays on us. You've just got to keep fighting. [There's] a lot of positives to pull."

The teams play here again Thursday.

McDavid took a drop pass from Draisaitl, deked Senators forward Chris Tierney and chipped the puck over Hogberg's glove to make it 3-2 with 6:06 left in the third period.

Draisaitl scored into an empty-net, off a pass from McDavid, to complete his hat trick with 1 second left for the 4-2 final.

"There are some great goal-scorers around the League. He's right up at the top, probably, two, I think." McDavid said of Draisaitl. "I think [Alex] Ovechkin and him are two of the most deadly shooters we have around the League."

Video: EDM@OTT: Draisaitl's hat trick lifts Oilers to win

Draisaitl one-timed a cross-ice pass from McDavid on the power play to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead at 12:18 of the first period.

"It's hard to defend, especially him, because he's the best passer in the game," Draisaitl said of his chemistry with McDavid. "He'll find those little triangles, those little seams, and it's my job to find an opening and make it easy for him to get it over there. And then it's just about being ready and trying to bear down and put it in."

Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot picked up his rebound, skated around the net and passed in front to Norris, who tapped it in five-hole to tie it 1-1 25 seconds into the second period.

Draisaitl scored from below the goal line, one-timing a pass from McDavid to make it 2-1 at 17:26.

"That was obviously a shot that only a few guys in the world can make, and he's one of them," McDavid said. "He likes shooting from there, I think. He's scored a few times from there."

Brown scored with a wrist shot from the slot to tie it 2-2 at 1:02 of the third period. It was Brown's fifth straight game with a goal after scoring one in his previous 13.

"He's shooting it a lot more, that's for sure," Senators coach D.J. Smith said. "When you work hard, sometimes you earn a bit of confidence and some go in. He had been snake bitten there for a while, and then all of a sudden everything he's shooting is going in."

NOTES: Hogberg had been out with a lower-body injury. "He made some saves when he had to make them," Smith said. "He came back, he looked confident, he did what he had to do for us." ... The Oilers have outscored the Senators 38-17 this season.

Video: Draisaitl, McDavid propel Oilers to 4-2 victory

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