MONTREAL, QC - Three periods plus overtime wasn't enough hockey to settle a scoreless contest as the Canadiens and Oilers went into a shootout. Leon Draisaitl potted the lone goal in the skills competition to lift Edmonton to a much-needed victory after they dropped their previous three contests.
The Oilers have a week off before returning to game action against the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Place on February 11. The game can be seen on CBC or Sportsnet and can be heard on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.
"Obviously, we were sliding a bit in the wrong direction," said Draisaitl. "I thought tonight was a really strong effort from all four lines and I thought our d-core and goaltender were outstanding. Big two points for us."
Connor McDavid was involved early in the game, drawing two penalties in the first 13 minutes of play. He drew a tripping call on Shea Weber when he crossed the blueline and drew a hooking penalty when he intercepted a pass and burst up the ice for a shot on Al Montoya.
The Oilers power play, which came into the game 0-for-6 in their last two contests, failed to capitalize on those opportunities.
Midway through the second period the Oilers were gifted a 4-on-1 opportunity when Shea Weber tripped up and turned the puck over at the Edmonton blueline. Drasiaitl's shot didn't find twine however and the game remained tied.
McDavid drew a third penalty at 14:46 of the second period, a hooking call by Alexei Emelin. The Oilers failed to capitalize and took a penalty of their own, whilst on the man advantage. From there, the third-ranked power play unit in the NHL went to work and hemmed the Oilers in their zone, but Edmonton weathered the two minutes.
Through 40 minutes, the score remained 0-0, but it could have been a different story. Earlier in the middle frame, a loose puck leaked by Montoya but the play was ruled dead before it crossed the line - confirmed by review.
1:43 into the third, the Oilers again looked like they scored the game's first goal with Jordan Eberle burying a loose puck near the post. However, the play was dead.
Late in the game, Draisaitl set up McDavid with a beautiful feed but the Oilers captain slid it into the post.
Edmonton outshot the Canadiens 30-20 in regulation but did not have a goal to show for it, sending things to overtime.
McDavid had another glorious chance, streaking up the centre of the ice. Draisaitl fed his centre near the blueline and McDavid went one-on-one with Montoya but couldn't bury the winner.
"Tight game. Both teams were battling," said Draisaitl. "They're a good team, so are we and a lot of times that is what happens when good teams collide."
In the shootout, Draisaitl scored to put the Canadiens on their heels and Cam Talbot stopped all three Montreal shooters to pull out the victory.
"We needed these two points and it was a big win moving forward," said Talbot. "You never want to go into a bye week on a sour note. We were able to come out tonight and get a big two points and go into the break feeling pretty good."
The Oilers have a bye week before hosting the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Place on Saturday February 11, at 8 p.m. MT.