Leon Draisaitl scored in overtime to give the Oilers a 3-2 victory over the Devils in Newark
/ EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer
NEWARK, NJ - Leon Draisaitl blistered home the overtime winner as the Oilers beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 at the Prudential Center. The result gives Edmonton their first back-to-back wins of the 2017-18 season.
"It's huge," said Draisaitl. "Obviously, we dug ourselves a hole and now is the time to get back out of it. I think that it was another pretty solid effort throughout our whole lineup. Every line contributed and that's how you win on the road."
The Devils were flying early in the first period, after killing off the first penalty of the game called just 45 seconds in. New Jersey came back swinging after the Nico Hischier hooking penalty expired, pressuring the Oilers in waves until finally breaking through Cam Talbot.
Brian Boyle lifted his first goal of the season over the goaltender, who was partially pinned to the ice by a mass of bodies in the crease. The go-ahead goal, coming at 5:33 of the opening frame, was assisted by Brian Gibbons and John Moore.
The goal was Boyle's first since his diagnosis of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.
The Oilers were outshot 7-0 in the opening 10:22 of the first, until Adam Larsson fired one on net that was turned away by Cory Schneider.
"It was a really tough game, especially the way they came after us outshooting us 7-0 in the first couple minutes," said Milan Lucic, who'd eventually score a big goal in the third. "They really put us on our heels and just like last game Talbs kept us in it and kept giving us a chance to get back in the game.
"Other than the game-winning goal there, we didn't lead at any point in the game but I think we kept our composure even when they pressed on us on their power play in the second period and late there in the last five or six minutes. We were able to keep them off the scoreboard. Another one-goal game on the road and we're happy to be on the right side of it."
Edmonton got the equalizer at 6:50 of the second. Off a draw just over the Devils blueline, Lucic pushed the puck up to Anton Slepyshev who walked in and sniped a shot on Schneider, scoring his first of the season. He was assisted by Lucic and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The Devils responded at 18:25 of the second. Drew Stafford drove to the net and buried his fifth of the season to put the home team ahead 2-1. Stafford now has 10 goals in 19 career games against the Oilers.
Lucic was the man to tie the game for Edmonton at 3:21 of the third period. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made a nice play on a 2-on-1 rush, flipping the puck to Lucic on the left side. The winger fired and scored his third goal of the season to make it 2-2. With the second assist on that goal, Zack Kassian reached 100 career NHL points.
For the second game in a row on this road trip, things would be decided beyond regulation. And for the second game in a row it was the Connor McDavid-Draisaitl connection that lifted the Oil to victory. This time, the roles were reversed from their 2-1 overtime win against the Islanders. It was Draisaitl burying a McDavid feed that did the deed.
McDavid sauced the puck back to a trailing Draisaitl and the forward buried his shot for the win.
"We feed off each other and we try and read the play," said Draisaitl. "I just tried to get to the far post and (McDavid) made a heck of a play there."
The Oilers play their third contest of this four-game road trip on Saturday against the New York Rangers.