"We had our chances and were not able to bear down on them. Those nights are going to happen," said Oilers winger Milan Lucic. "You can get frustrated all you want but it doesn't change anything. For us to kind of stick with it and tie the game up in the third is a sign of a team maturing, which is good to see. It would have been nice to have gotten that extra point."
The Oilers would have to battle back from going down early after Connor Brown fed Kadri at the top of the crease for a tap-in at 1:29 of the first.
But after their first power play of the night at 8:24 of the opening frame, things started to look up for Edmonton.
The visiting Oilers peppered goaltender Frederik Andersen with shots, finishing with 19 for the period. Mark Letestu nearly scored with roughly six minutes left in the frame, firing a backhanded shot, from the slot, off the post.
It wasn't until 19:29 that Edmonton got on the board. A miscue behind the Toronto net led to a Tyler Pitlick gifted steal and set-up in front to Anton Lander, who buried his shot on the wide-open net. That was Lander's first goal of the season, and it tied the game at one.
The Oilers began the second period where they left off in the first, generating pressure right off the first faceoff.
Unfortunately for them, Oscar Klefbom's shot that got through Andersen went off the post and out less than two minutes in. After that missed opportunity, Toronto went up 2-1.
Ben Smith potted his first of the season from the slot at 3:14 of the middle frame, assisted by Nikita Soshnikov and Matt Martin.
Cam Talbot kept the Oilers in it, making several big saves. One of the most important may have been a pad stop on Tyler Bozak with less than four minutes remaining in the second.
"There's not much to say about it. We watch him play every night and he's played tremendous," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "It's not even alarming for us, maybe that's why I don't sound enthused about it. That's the way he plays every night in and night out. He makes tremendous saves and gives us a chance to win."
The Leafs came out swinging again to start the third, with Talbot making a couple of big stops in the opening minutes. William Nylander had a point-blank chance but it rolled up over the goalie and the net in the opening minute.
Nurse finally got the equalizer after the Oil had peppered Andersen to no result. Off a draw, Nurse got the puck and hugged the blueline, patiently awaiting a hole. Nurse fired a wrister and it made it through Andersen at 8:38 of the final regulation frame. Nurse, a Hamilton, ON native, was playing in font of several family members who made the visit to the Air Canada Centre.
Nurse's tally was enough to send the game to overtime. The teams finished regulation with the Oilers leading in shots 46-29.
It took just 12 seconds for Kadri to pot his second of the night, wrestling McDavid for position down the ice and putting the puck past Talbot.
The Oilers (7-2-1) face the New York Rangers in NYC on Thursday, at 5 p.m. MT.