The Oilers road trip continues with a game against the Montreal Canadiens on Hockey Day in Canada at 12:00 p.m. MDT. The game can be seen on Sportsnet and CBC or heard on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.
OTTAWA, ON – The Oilers raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and kept their foot on the gas, ultimately defeating the Ottawa Senators 7-2 on the strength of a two-goal effort from Jordan Eberle and all but three players on the roster registering a point.
"It's a good win for us," said OIlers head coach Todd McLellan after the game. "We haven't had the luxury in back-to-back games where we've been able to somewhat enjoy it. A solid night offensively, of course, but also a solid night defensively. We're happy with our whole game. We know the trip just gets more difficult so we've got to get a good practice in tomorrow and get ready for Montreal."
Edmonton got on the board first nearly five minutes in on a one-timer from the point by Mark Fayne, accepting a pass from Matt Hendricks. Fayne's shot found its way past Sens starting netminder Craig Anderson after being redirected off a Sens defenceman in front.
41 seconds later, Jordan Eberle skated in on a two-on-one with Connor McDavid. Eberle used McDavid as a decoy and made a brilliant move before wiring the puck short side.
"They were a catalyst for our team," McLellan said of the Eberle-McDavid-Pouliot line. "A couple quick goals, especially on the power play, and then the other lines did their thing as well.
"I thought Leon and Taylor, that line really got going later on in the game. We got great checking from the Hendricks line and a little bit of offence from everybody. The D did well. Cam played well. A complete team game tonight."
Eric Gryba and Max McCormick dropped the gloves deep in the Oilers zone near the midway point of the period. Each combatant got a shot or two in but overall it was a more of a tug-of-war.
About a minute later, the first power play of the game went to the Oilers, after Ottawa's Chris Neil got ticketed for interference.
Only 23 seconds into the man advantage, Jordan Eberle scored his second of the game, wiring a shot from the left circle high blocker side past Anderson to extend Edmonton's lead to 3-0. After the goal, the Senators replaced Anderson in goal with Andrew Hammond. Anderson stopped seven of 10 shots.
"If you look at the standings it's pretty simple, we need to win some hockey games if you want to make a push at something," said Eberle. "This is a start. We have a lot of hockey here left and have to get on quite a bit of a run here."
It was Ottawa's turn to go on the man advantage with 5:54 to play in the opening frame. Benoit Pouliot received two minutes for hooking.
The Sens finally got on the board 17 seconds into that PP. Mike Hoffman's shot beat Cam Talbot to make it a 3-1 affair.
Final shot count in the first was even at 13-13.
Zack Kassian broke through three Senators players to create a scoring chance early in the second period. Hammond stopped his backhand attempt before Kassian slid into the net.
6:46 into the period, Ottawa made it a one-goal affair when Mark Stone's shot from the left side boards beat Talbot through the five-hole.
"They made a bit of a push-back scoring two," said Eberle. "But it was a full team effort."
Several minutes later, the Sens had a chance to tie the game when Fayne took a hooking penalty but Oilers killed off that one.
With 7:02 to play in the second, Edmonton regained their two-goal lead when Zack Kassian's shot found its way past Hammond along the ice to make it 4-2.
Another fight erupted as Gryba and Zack Smith exchanged blows with just over five minutes to play in the second. It was another even bout, though Smith did manage to pull Gryba to the ice at the end. Gryba went to the dressing room after the fight.
Darnell Nurse drove Stone into the boards long after he lost possession of the puck during a rush into the Oilers end at the 18-minute mark of the period. Result of that was an interference penalty and Ottawa's third power play.
Oilers killed that one off but not before Davidson got nicked when blocking a shot late in the period. He toughed out the shift before getting attention on the bench at the whistle.
Shots after two were even at 23-23.
While on the power play early in the third, Eberle fed the puck to Sekera at the point who blasted it past a screened Hammond to make it a three-goal lead again, for the first time since the opening period.
The Oilers lead extended to four three minutes later when Leon Draisiatl picked the blocker side on Hammond off the rush after a great outlet pass from Hall.
Not long after the Draisaitl goal, Nurse dropped the gloves with Max McCormick and made quick work with his fists of the Senators winger.
A high-sticking penalty to Nurse gave Ottawa an opportunity to steal back some momentum late in the game but the Oilers penalty killers stood tall.
Chris Wideman took an extra shot at McDavid after the whistle and received two minutes for roughing as a result. Edmonton capitalized. With 25 seconds left in the Wideman penalty, the Oilers scored again on a blast by Brandon Davidson to make it a 7-2 game.