Leon Draisaitl hit the century mark for points with his 47th goal of the campaign, but the Oilers fall in a shootout 3-2 to the Dallas Stars
EDMONTON, AB - It's a century of points for Leon Draisaitl after the German recorded his 47th goal of the campaign in the first period, but it proved to be not enough in a 3-2 shootout loss for the Oilers on Thursday night at Rogers Place.
The Oilers finish a five-game home stand on Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks. The game can be seen on Sportsnet West, Sportsnet One, and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. Puck drop is 8:08 p.m. MST.
"It's a nice milestone for me personally, but it's tough to be too excited about that right now," Draisaitl said post-game.
A stellar through-the-legs tally by Connor McDavid to double Edmonton's lead early in the second period made it two-straight seasons of 40 goals for the Oilers captain.
The Stars made the most of only 22 shots sent the way of Mikko Koskinen to the Oilers 42, with Finnish rookies Roope Hintz and Miro Heiskanen making an impact with two assists and a goal, respectively.
"I think we played a pretty good hockey game," Draisaitl continued. "We just couldn't really capitalize on our chances. I think we were the better team for large parts of the game and thought we were in control. Obviously they got some skilled players over there who are going to make plays, but if we capitalize on a few more chances we probably win that game."
McDavid and Draisaitl become the first set of Oilers teammates to record 100-plus points in a season since Jari Kurri and Jimmy Carson achieved the feat in 1988-89.
"Really happy for him," McDavid said of the other half of the dynamic duo. "He's a guy that's been coming on and playing really good hockey. There's a lot that's been made of his game, and I'm really happy for him."
The single point leaves the Oilers six points adrift of the Colorado Avalanche for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference with five games remaining.
If Draisaitl had been thinking at length beforehand about his 100th point, we wouldn't be much longer after puck drop. Right as the first power play expired, McDavid fed Draisaitl with a feed that was one-timed home from the left circle by the German 4:59 into the first period.
Draisaitl's records his first century of points and becomes the first German national in League history to achieve the feat with his 47th goal of the campaign, with McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins extending career years with assists on the play.
The Oilers were pouring shots onto netminder Anton Khudobin, outshooting Dallas 11-3 in the opening 10 minutes.
Nugent-Hopkins nearly snuck one over Dallas to double Edmonton's lead with both teams playing 4-on-4 after his wrist shot deflected off the glove of Khudobin but rolled narrowly past the right post.
The brilliance continued into the second period, with McDavid making his big for goal of the season inside the first two minutes. The Oilers captain shook off the poke check from Ese Lindell before going between the legs and top shelf to mark his second-straight 40-goal season.
"I thought he was trying to will us to victory," Oilers Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He was a threat every shift, and he was trying everything he could to get us two points."
But Dallas would answer back on the power play through Alexander Radulov, who snapped Jamie Benn's cross-ice pass over the glove of Koskinen with 13:40 remaining in the middle frame.
The Blue and Orange held the advantage 2-1 on the scoreboard and 31-12 on the shot clock through 40 minutes.
Stars' rookie sensation Miro Heiskanen continued his stellar debut season when he sniped one top shelf by Koskinen from the slot to level things up with 12:13 left in regulation.
Dallas could've dealt the critical blow with three minutes remaining when Roope Hintz was clean through on Koskinen, but the Finnish netminder made a game-saving stop with the glove to keep the score level and eventually force the Oilers to overtime for the 25th time this season.
After Oscar Klefbom nearly ended it, the Oilers were hemmed in for a minute in their own zone but stamped out the Dallas onslaught. McDavid took it back the other way, but the pokecheck from Khudobin meant we were heading to the shootout.
The Stars eventually earned the extra point on their third opportunity to win it after Seguin put it through Koskinen's five-hole.
"They're goalie was good, and he made some saves he didn't see," Hitchcock said. "When you leave it open like that, you leave it up to a goaltender to win it for you. I thought the way we had to play to beat that game, to negate their footspeed and transition game, we played perfect. The first period to me is as good as we've managed the game, and we follwed the script until the end."
The Oilers finish off a five-game home stand on Saturday when they host the Anaheim Ducks at Rogers Place.