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3 THINGS: Oilers take First

Oilers Head Writer Chris Wescott gives three things from Edmonton's 3-2 OT win over the Anaheim Ducks

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

The Oilers took down the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in overtime to jump to 97 points on the season. Leon Draisaitl's overtime winner was his 28th marker of the season and lifted him into the 8th spot in League scoring with 74 points. Here are three more things to take from the victory.

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With the win, Edmonton jumped to first place in the Pacific Division. Both the Oilers and Ducks have 97 points, but Edmonton owns the tie-breaker.

Leading the way for the Oil was none other than their 20-year-old superstar captain: Connor McDavid.

McDavid scored a goal and added two assists in the win and led the team with seven shots on goal. He was a driver all night, leading multiple odd-man rushes, including the one that led to the winner in overtime.

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"Remarkable really," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "I've had the honour of being around some tremendous players in my day, like Datsyuk and Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau and Sidney Crosby. You could go on and on. Connor is at a very, very high level right now. He's separating himself, I believe, from a lot of people in the League, and I say that with a lot of respect for the others but he's just remarkable right now."

McDavid is first place in NHL scoring with 94 points (29-65-94) and the Oilers are in first place in the division.


Cam Talbot didn't have the toughest of nights. The Oilers were able to limit the Ducks to just 18 shots on goal, while peppering John Gibson at the other end with 37.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: 40th victory of the season for Cam tonight, tying him with Grant Fuhr for the #Oilers team record!

Talbot made a few big saves, including a glove robbery of Corey Perry in the first, and a breakaway stop on the same player in the third.

The win brings Talbot's total to 40, which ties him with Grant Fuhr for an Oilers single-season record.

"Any time your name is anywhere near Grant Fuhr's name it's pretty special," said Talbot. "To be on that list is a pretty big achievement. It just goes to show the kind of team we have in this room this year and how we've come together and how hard we've played. What else can you say about the guys in front of me tonight? They did a hell of a job coming back there and big win in overtime there."

Tweet from @ctalbot33: Thank you Grant. It's an honour to have my name on any list that you are on. #legend #classact

"There are a lot of forwards and defencemen on our team that get a lot of recognition, but there's been significant talk about him as well," said McLellan. "To tie Grant Fuhr, just that alone… just listen to that comment, 'to tie Grant Fuhr' is quite an accomplishment for a goaltender that came to an organization that was at the bottom of the barrel. He's grown his game as well. Our players really rally around him. He's as much of a glue piece as anyone else on the team."


The Oilers power play missed the mark almost all game.

"Our power play was bad all night, real bad," said McDavid. "We generated a few chances, but didn't really have any zone time."

The man advantage was 0-for-3 until 18:02 of the third. With time running out and Edmontond down by one, the power play came through. Milan Lucic scored on the doorstep to tie the game and force overtime.

"I think there was more of a shooter's mentality on that last power play," said Lucic. "Very fortunate for the puck to be laying there in the right spot at the right time and it ends up being a big tying goal."

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