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Smith, Draisaitl lift Oilers to OT victory against Penguins

Goalie makes 51 saves, forward scores winner at 2:37; McDavid, Crosby each held without point

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Draisaitl buries OT winner

EDM@PIT: Draisaitl flies ahead for overtime winner

Leon Draisaitl takes the puck and speeds ahead, beating Matt Murray by lifting the puck for the game-winning goal in overtime

  • 02:27 •

PITTSBURGH -- Mike Smith made 51 saves, and Leon Draisaitl scored at 2:37 of overtime for the Edmonton Oilers in a 2-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.

"It was obviously a pretty busy night for me," Smith said. "You never know what's going to happen when you get into a game. Tonight, they came at us hard and kind of put us back on our heels to start. We stuck with it and found a way to get two more big points."

Draisaitl scored on a breakaway, holding off Alex Galchenyuk before shooting by Matt Murray's blocker for his 13th goal. He has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) during a five-game goal streak.

 

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"It's fun. If you win, it's fun," Draisaitl said. "It can be exhausting, but it's a good win for us."

Colby Cave scored in the second period for the Oilers (10-4-1), who have won two straight games after losing four of their previous five (1-3-1). Edmonton was outshot 52-28, including 35-15 in the first and second periods.

Video: EDM@PIT: Cave drags puck across the crease for goal

"They were quicker than us, but we hung around the game and found a way to get points," Edmonton coach Dave Tippett said. "That's what it's about."

Brian Dumoulin scored a shorthanded goal, and Murray made 26 saves for Pittsburgh (8-5-1), which has lost four of six games (2-3-1) since a five-game winning streak. Pittsburgh is 14-0-4 against Edmonton during an 18-game point streak since a 3-1 regulation loss on Jan. 10, 2006.

"It's a low-scoring game," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "I thought we generated a lot of chances, but it was a low-scoring game. So the margin for error is slim. I thought Matt made some timely saves for us. ... There was a lot of the game that we liked about our team. I know we can get better in certain areas."

Video: EDM@PIT: Dumoulin ties the game with shorthanded goal

Dumoulin scored on a snap shot under Smith's glove with Penguins defenseman John Marino in the penalty box, tying it 1-1 at 13:14 of the third period. It was his first shorthanded goal in 329 NHL games.

Cave put the Oilers ahead 1-0 with his first goal of the season, fourth in 59 NHL games, at 7:21 of the second.

Connor McDavid and the Oilers won for the first time in seven games against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. Edmonton was 0-3-3 in the previous six with McDavid and Crosby playing.

McDavid and Crosby each was held without a point. McDavid had three shots on goal; Crosby had two.

"We worked hard," Crosby said. "We had some really good chances, and unfortunately, didn't execute. But we had enough chances to win the game. ... Both goalies played really well. We couldn't find a way to get more than one."

Video: EA Sports Overtime Game Winner Draisaitl winning goal

 

They said it

"[Goalie Mike Smith has] got swagger, I'll say that. It's the way he plays. He's engaged in the game all the time. I said in overtime there, he had a hit, a pass and a few saves. That's like a Gordie Howe Hat Trick for a goalie almost." -- Oilers coach Dave Tippett

"It's not frustrating. I know how good [we] are. It didn't go in for us tonight, but it will. ... I think the whole team is playing pretty good hockey right now. Some of these games that we're losing are games that we're right in there and probably, a game like tonight, we probably deserved better. I think Smith kind of stole one for them." -- Penguins goalie Matt Murray

 

Need to know

Draisaitl, who has 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists), is the first Oilers player to score at least 13 goals through the first 15 games of a season since Wayne Gretzky scored 13 in 15 games to start the 1987-88 season. He is also the first Oilers player to have at least 26 points in the first 15 games of a season since Mark Messier began the 1989-90 season with 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists). ... Edmonton forward Riley Sheahan did not play after sustaining an undisclosed injury in the first period of a 4-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. ... Cave played fourth-line center after being recalled from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Friday. ... Penguins center Evgeni Malkin returned after missing 11 games with a lower-body injury. He had six shots on goal and two takeaways in 19:45. ... The Penguins had a full lineup for the first time this season. In addition to Malkin, Dumoulin (lower body) and forwards Bryan Rust (upper body), Jared McCann (lower body), Nick Bjugstad (lower body) and Galchenyuk (lower body) have also returned from injury. ... The Penguins did not score on five power plays. They are 0-for-19 with the man-advantage in their past eight games.

 

What's next

Oilers: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Monday (9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNW, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

Penguins: At the Boston Bruins on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, NESN, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

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