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Draisaitl extends point streak in Oilers win against Blues

Breaks tie in third period, scores twice to reach 10 straight games

by Derek Van Diest / Independent Correspondent

Draisaitl snaps home second goal

STL@EDM: Draisaitl nets second goal on the rush

Leon Draisaitl gets a pass from Kailer Yamamoto and beats Jake Allen on the rush, putting the Oilers ahead in the 3rd with his second goal

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EDMONTON -- Leon Draisaitl scored two goals for the Edmonton Oilers to extend his point streak to 10 games in a 4-2 win against the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Place on Friday.

Draisaitl scored his second goal at 4:13 of the third period to give Edmonton a 3-2 lead. He has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) during his streak.

"That team over there, they know how to win hockey games," Draisaitl said. "For them to tie it up, and for us to come back and win the game, it's a big confidence boost for us."


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Mikko Koskinen made 30 saves for Edmonton (27-18-6), which has won seven of its past 10 games. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two assists to extend his point streak to seven games (four goals, seven assists).

"We gave [Draisaitl] freebies," Blues coach Craig Berube said. "We turned the puck over and he walked in on the first one, walks right down the middle of the ice and rips one, and basically a partial breakaway on the second one."

Jake Allen made saves 31 for St. Louis (31-13-8), which has lost three of its past four games.

"We didn't really execute in that first period," Allen said. "Obviously, they came out strong and hemmed us in for most of those 20 minutes. I thought we responded pretty well in the second, but we definitely didn't have the start we wanted from myself on out, and the next thing you know, you're behind the eight ball."

Draisaitl scored at 5:31 of the first period on a slap shot from the left face-off circle to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead. Caleb Jones scored his first goal of the season 17 seconds later on a shot from the point for a 2-0 lead.

"When Leon gets going, that's a big-man's game and he played well in that game," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. "Both his goals are good goals, they're well-earned goals. That line (Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins, Kailer Yamamoto) has played well for us, and it was good to see Leon has his game turned back the other way and he's playing very well."

Video: STL@EDM: Draisaitl blasts puck by Allen

David Perron scored from his knees in front of the net at 10:57 of the second period to get St. Louis within 2-1. Robert Thomas tied it 2-2 at 2:12 of the third period off a pass from Tyler Bozak in front.

"That's been a trend of ours since we gotten back from the [All-Star] break, starting slow," Thomas said. "When you play good teams, if you get down early, it's hard to catch up. We did a really good job fighting back and getting back into the game and we just need to continue playing the way we did to get back into it, and we just lost it a little bit there."

Josh Archibald scored shorthanded into an empty net at 18:19 to make it 4-2.

"They're a good team, a team that knows how to win, a veteran team," Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson said. "When they tied it 2-2, I felt Leon's goal was huge for us to get that lead back pretty quick. A huge goal for us. After that goal, I thought we were really steady and played really smart and solid hockey."

Video: STL@EDM: Perron backhands puck while on his knees


They said it

"I thought we made a pretty good effort in the second and third of trying to get back in the game, but having a sluggish start like that and being behind two goals makes it really tough to come back." -- Blues forward Tyler Bozak

"I think we responded really well, we didn't start the [third] period well, they scored almost right away. But after that we stepped up and played a really solid game." -- Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen


Need to know

St. Louis had won four games in a row against Edmonton. ... Blues forward Alexander Steen played his 999th NHL game. ... Draisaitl leads the NHL with 79 points (29 goals, 50 assists) and with 24 multipoint games. ... Oilers center Connor McDavid had a seven-game point streak end (five goals, eight assists). He is two points behind Draisaitl for the NHL lead. ... Jones has two goals in 42 NHL games. It was his first goal since Dec. 29, 2018 (36 games). ... Oilers forward James Neal was scratched. He is day to day with a foot injury.


What's next

Blues: At the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN360, CITY, SNW, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

Oilers: At the Calgary Flames on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, CBC, SN, SN360, SN1, CITY, NHL.TV)

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