The Oilers return home for a match against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday. The game can be seen on Sportsnet West and One, and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. Puck drop is 7:38 p.m. MST.
Note to self: don't test Roberto Luongo's glove hand.
The Panthers netminder, making his home debut Thursday against the Oilers, caught everything that was directed at his left hand, including a Draisaitl rip from the right circle shortly after puck drop as well as an acrobatic stop on Ty Rattie on the doorstep in the first period.
Luongo stopped 26 of 27 saves, posting a .963 save percentage to help his club defeat the Oilers at home for the first time since 2002.
"We had our chances in the first and early on in the game," said Milan Lucic. "Lou made some really big saves for them. They kind of got some momentum after that, especially in the second period."
Florida's keeper made nine first-period stops, having a major hand in keeping the game scoreless through the opening 20.
Luongo's performance in the first set his club up for a dominant second.
"Luongo made some good saves, we didn't bear down and then we gave a lot of it back in the second period," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan.
The Panthers came out firing in the middle period, throwing 19 shots at Talbot and scoring twice to give the home side a 2-0 lead to enter the third.
"I thought from the beginning of the second until the end of the night, they were a lot harder on loose pucks," McLellan added.
Evgenii Dadonov lit the lamp first, finishing off a pretty passing play that involved linemates Mike Hoffman and Aleksander Barkov. Hoffman pulled, dragged and fed Barkov at the bottom of the left circle. The Panthers captain spun a backhand feed for Dadonov on the doorstep and the forward flashed his hands in tight to put his squad up by one at 6:45.
"Dadonov made a nice move to go back on me," said Talbot, who ended the night with a .906 save percentage.
Nick Bjugstad added to the lead less than two minutes later. Bogdan Kiselevich's shot caught a bounce off Kevin Gravel's left leg and Bjugstad was in the right spot to put it past Talbot.
Down by a pair, Edmonton looked to claw their way back into it but Luongo maintained his steady play. He robbed Rattie on the doorstep to help his club keep a clean sheet on the penalty kill. After 40 minutes of play, Edmonton was 0-for-3 on the power play, 32 percent in the faceoff circle and losing the shot count 26-14.
"We chased and chased and chased... They got better as the night went on and we didn't," said McLellan.
Seeking a spark for his club, the Oilers coach started Draisaitl, McDavid and Drake Caggiula in the third period, and the unit scored just 23 seconds in.
"You kind of think you're going to come back from that and obviously a couple penalties later, we're back in a two-goal hole," said McDavid.
McDavid placed a backhand feed on Draisaitl's tape on a 2-on-1 to cut the lead in half, but the Panthers would regain the two-goal lead shortly after thanks to Jonathan Huberdeau.