KANATA, ONT. -
Devan Dubnyk played strong in net, making 35 saves, and Edmonton tallied two first period goals for an early lead en route to their first road win of the season, a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
It's been tough," said Oilers forward Jordan Eberle. "This road trip has been tough. I think the biggest thing is (Dubnyk) stole the game for us. It wasn't our best performance but at the end of the day, it was a road win. We'll take that and try to get back on the right track."
The Oilers scored on their first shot of the game when Nail Yakupov and Jordan Eberle came down the ice on a 2-on-1 rush. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins connected on a saucer pass from the neutral zone to Eberle on the right wing who worked it in on the Senators goalie Robin Lehner. The Oilers winger deked in and dangled, picking his spot and sniping short-side to give Edmonton the 1-0 lead at 2:15.
Edmonton took a two-goal lead courtesy of Nugent-Hopkins at 10:29 of the first period. Yakupov shot the puck on Lehner who rebounded it wide to Nugent-Hopkins backdoor for the score to give his team a 2-0 lead. Eberle gained his second point of the night with the secondary assist.
Dubnyk held the Senators scoreless through the first two periods despite facing 25 shots.
"(Dubnyk) was excellent again today and I thought he won us a hockey game," said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins.
"Even though we kept a lot of their shots to the outside, when we needed him to make that big save, boy did he stand up and stand tall for us.
"That's really encouraging for our team. I don't care what kind of team you are, if you can get goaltending like that, you're going to win a lot of hockey games."
3:40 into the third period, the Oilers got a 5-on-3 power play for a full two minutes after Dubnyk got run over in the crease by Milan Michalek and Jeff Petry went down to a penalty on the other end. They managed just one shot on the man advantage.
"PK was good," said Eakins. "We had some encouraging signs there. I think we're starting to get it. Our power play was out of sync. I was thinking on the bench that was probably something we should have spent more time on in practice."
With 5:48 remaining in regulation, Ottawa scored their first goal of the night when Dubnyk locked down the post but the puck popped free over the goaltender's head and snuck in to cut the Oilers lead to one. It appeared that Chris Neil might have hit the puck in with his glove but the play was reviewed and he was awarded the whacky goal.
Nugent-Hopkins iced the game for Edmonton with an unassisted empty-netter with 34.4 seconds remaining to make it a 3-1 score.
Oilers forward Taylor Hall left the game with an injury to his left knee in the second period and did not return.