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FIVE THINGS: Le Comeback

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers went down 3-0 in the first period to one of the league’s best, but their resiliency led to a thrilling comeback and their fourth victory of the season. Here are five things to take from the victory.

1. LE-ON ME

Leon Draisaitl didn’t get much sleep on Wednesday night and it rolled into an especially long day Thursday. After getting recalled by the Oilers, Draisaitl boarded a plane and arrived in Edmonton around 2:30 p.m. He then suited up for his first NHL game of the season on the Oilers top line.


Draisaitl would have an excuse to have tired legs, but instead he turned in a two-goal performance — possibly the best of his young career — and helped his team mount a 4-3 comeback win over one of the league’s best.

“You try to fit in and you try to help the team win,” said Draisaitl. “I think that’s all you can do. You try to help the team win and, obviously, for you and the individual yourself you want to do good and you want to play good.”

Draisaitl’s first goal came on the power play at 19:08 of the second. It seemed to spark something in the Oilers as they had all the momentum in the third.

The 20-year-old forward’s goal with just 62 seconds left in the third proved to be the game-winning tally and it was set up by a nice feed from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

2. GOING STREAKING

Connor McDavid continues to produce points in his rookie season. With his secondary assist on Brandon Davidson’s goal, McDavid extended his point streak to seven games. In that span, McDavid has four goals and seven assists.

McDavid’s assist on Benoit Pouliot’s breakaway goal was a great, all-around play. He shrugged off P.K. Subban along the wall then poked the puck past Andrei Markov to set up Pouliot.

“There was a little bit of a soft chip and Subban tried to jump in front of me and I just did my best to try and get the puck by him,” said McDavid. “Luckily enough, it kind of squeaked by and I just tried to chip it up the middle. Great shot by Benny there.”

Nail Yakupov also extended his point streak to seven games with the second assist on that goal. The winger has two goals and seven assists in that span.


3. A GAME OF FIRSTS

It was a game of firsts for the Oilers as they skated to their fourth victory of the season.


Darnell Nurse recorded his first NHL assist on Davidson’s goal. Davidson recorded his first goal and point of the season. Draisaitl’s two goals were his first two in the NHL this year.

4. STRONG THIRD

Heading into the game against Montreal, the Oilers wanted to erase some of the bad habits they had in their two recent losses. Both were the result of third period goals by the opponents.

Against the Habs, it was a strong third period that helped the team get the comeback victory.

Coming into the game, the Oilers had been outscored 13-6 in the third period this season. Tonight, the Oilers got the final frame’s lone three goals and outshot the Habs 11-5 in the game’s final 20 minutes.

5. POULIOT'S SECOND CHANCE

Pouliot’s breakaway goal was undoubtedly one of the top highlights of the Oilers win over Montreal, but it was the one that got away that was also a turning point in the game.

In the third, trailing 3-1, Pouliot thought he had a goal but Subban knocked the puck away in mid-air at the line. The team could have folded at the missed opportunity but rallied and gained momentum.

Pouliot got that goal back when he scored on the breakaway at 10:43 of the third, tying the game at three.


He finished the game with a goal, three shots, two hits and a blocked shot in 16:56 of ice time. The Oilers winger now has points in five straight games and goals in three of the last four.
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