GAME RECAP: Golden Knights 4, Oilers 3 (OT)
The Oilers were unable to win their third straight game in overtime after the Golden Knights claimed the extra point in the Pacific Division playoff race on Saturdayby Jamie Umbach @JamieUmbach / EdmontonOilers.com
EDMONTON, AB - Leon Draisaitl set a new career-high for points with a goal and assist, but the Edmonton Oilers were unable to win their third straight game in overtime to gain ground on the Vegas Golden Knights in the Pacific Division after falling 4-3 in overtime on Pride Night at Rogers Place.
"I think going into tonight, we knew how important this game was to us," Warren Foegele, who scored in the defeat, said post-game. "We wanted those two points and just came up a little bit short, but it was competitive game. I thought from start of the game they had their push, and we had ours. It was kind of going both ways."
Draisaitl set up Zach Hyman's 31st goal of the year in the first period to reach 111 points before the German scored his 28th power-play goal and 45th of the season to tie the game at 2-2 just past the midway mark of the contest. Foegele equalized for Edmonton again 11:29 into the final frame to ultimately force overtime, where Vegas forward Nicolas Roy notched the game-winner to secure the Golden Knights the extra point.
"It was a tight game. It's what you expect in the playoffs," Draisaitl said post-game. "Obviously a team that we could face, so I think we know how to handle these types of games. Tonight didn't go our way, but we'll take the point."
The Oilers saw their win streak end at five games and record fall to 41-23-9, while Vegas pushed their lead over Edmonton for first place in the Pacific Division to seven points with nine games remaining for both sides in the regular season.
The two won't have to wait long to renew hostilities when the Oilers visit the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night in the second of a back-to-back for Edmonton following Monday's meeting in Arizona with the Coyotes.
GAME RECAP: Oilers 4, Coyotes 3 (OT)
Connor McDavid scored twice, including his 60th goal of the season, to give the Oilers a 4-3 overtime win over the Coyotes on Wednesday nightby Michael Arcuri @arcurimike / EdmontonOilers.com
EDMONTON, AB - Connor McDavid saved his best for last, scoring his 60th goal of the season in sensational fashion to give the Edonton Oilers a 4-3 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night.
"At the end of the day, they're all just a number," McDavid said about the goal. "But 60, a lot of great players in the past have done it and it feels good to join that list. Obviously, we've got a lot of work left this year and we're looking forward to putting ourselves in a good spot heading into the postseason."
"Yeah, it's pretty special," Leon Draisaitl said about the goal. "I mean, obviously he's going to downplay it as we all know, but it's pretty hard to score in this league and to score 60 in a season and still have 10 games to go is pretty remarkable. He's just a special player."
The milestone marker was part of a two-goal night that made McDavid the first Oiler to eclipse the 60-goal plateau since Wayne Gretzky accomplished the same feat during the 1986-87 season. Not to be outdone, Draisaitl assisted all four Oilers goals on the night to tie his career high of 110 points, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice in the win to reach 33 goals.
Clayton Keller extended his point streak to 10 games with a pair of goals on the night for Arizona, while defenceman J.J. Moser notched the other Coyotes goal.
Stuart Skinner was back between the pipes for the Oilers in a rather quiet evening for the goaltender. The 24-year-old needed to make just 14 saves on the night for his 23rd win of the season, while his counterpart in the Coyotes goal in Connor Ingram was excellent on the evening by turning away 27-of-31 shots in the loss.
The Oilers will now wrap up their homestand with a massive Saturday night matchup against the Pacific Division-leading Vegas Golden Knights.
GAME RECAP: Oilers 5, Sharks 4 (OT)
Ekholm scored twice before Nurse netted the overtime winner as the Oilers defencemen led the way in a 5-4 win over the Sharks at Rogers Place on Mondayby Jamie Umbach @JamieUmbach / EdmontonOilers.com
EDMONTON, AB - Defenceman Mattias Ekholm scored twice, tying the game on his eighth goal of the season with 3:47 left in regulation, before Darnell Nurse secured the Edmonton Oilers the extra point with 15 seconds on the clock in overtime on Monday night in a 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Place.
"I thought at home, that was great that he found those two very important goals at important junctures in the game," Head Coach Jay Woodcroft said. "For Darnell to get the one in overtime, I thought it was excellent."
Ekholm earned the decision in the Battle of the EK's, besting San Jose defenceman and Norris Trophy candidate Erik Karlsson, who was vital to the Sharks push for the win on Monday with two goals but couldn't chase down Nurse in the final moments of sudden death.
"We could have been a lot better tonight I thought, but at the same time, these games are hard," Ekholm said. "You've got to work yourself up, you got to get yourself going, and we snuck it out. Obviously we could have been better, but it's hard to win in this league, so we'll take it and move on."
Sharks goaltender James Reimer made 46 saves on 51 shots, including a massive last-minute stop on Leon Draisaitl, but couldn't come up with the final save when Nurse flew down the bench side of the ice late in extra time and beat the netminder five-hole for the game-winner.
"I think we can contribute from the back end," Ekholm said. "I think we have great guys up front that can do it, so it's going to be a team effort and especially come playoffs, I know how big that is because obviously anyone that plays Edmonton is going to have a pretty heavy emphasis on those two guys (McDavid and Draisaitl). All the other guys need to step up."
Kailer Yamamoto had a goal and assist for the Oilers, providing the pass up the wall that led to Nurse's OT winner, while Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all contributed two helpers in the victory. Making his first start since Mar. 4, netminder Jack Campbell stopped 28-of-32 shots for his 18th win of the campaign.
The Oilers are now winners of four games in a row overall and six straight over the Sharks, including all five meetings during the 2023 calendar year. Edmonton now owns a record of 40-23-8 with 88 points, good for third in the Pacific Division and a five-point on the Seattle Kraken with two extra games played.
The Oilers look to keep their solid 15-game stretch at Rogers Place (10-1-4) rolling into Wednesday's meeting with the Arizona Coyotes.
GAME RECAP: Oilers 6, Kraken 4
Kane's hat-trick powers the visitors to victory in Seattle as Edmonton extends its lead to three points over the divisional rival in the Pacific standingsby Ryan Frankson @RyanFrankson / EdmontonOilers.com
SEATTLE, WA - Evander Kane scored his sixth-career regular season hat-trick to lead the Oilers to an important divisional win over the Kraken on Saturday afternoon in Seattle.
Heading into the matinee matchup at Climate Pledge Arena, the Kraken sat just one point back of Edmonton for third place in the Pacific, but the 6-4 triumph allowed the Oilers to extend their lead to three as they reached the 70-game mark of the campaign.
GAME RECAP: Oilers 4, Stars 1
The Oilers take down the Central Division leaders at Rogers Place with 25 saves from Stuart Skinner and two goals from Mattias Janmarkby Jamie Umbach @JamieUmbach / EdmontonOilers.com
EDMONTON, AB - It took everyone in their star-studded lineup to earn two valuable points.
The Edmonton Oilers took down the Central Division-leading Dallas Stars on Thursday night, receiving 25 saves from Stuart Skinner and two goals from Mattias Janmark in a 4-1 victory at Rogers Place that marks back-to-back victories on home ice for the Blue & Orange.
"I think the guys did a great job in front of me," Skinner said. "Just a huge credit to the guys being able to box them out, not giving those second chances and being able to get in front of lanes and get sticks."
"They could've had a lot, but were able to just play a good defensive game -- especially in the second period."
Janmark scored the game-winner shorthanded in the opening frame before adding the empty-netter in the final three minutes of regulation for his second multi-goal game of the season, while Connor McDavid's 39th multi-point game of the campaign with a goal and assist made the captain the first 130-point scorer in the NHL since the 1992-93 NHL season.
Evan Bouchard posted two assists, and Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Vincent Desharnais contributed single helpers in the victory that improves Edmonton's record to 38-23-8 and 84 points.
GAME RECAP: Oilers 6, Senators 3
Leon Draisaitl and fellow German Tim Stützle both scored twice on the night in the Oilers 6-3 victory at Rogers Place on Tuesdayby Michael Arcuri @arcurimike / EdmontonOilers.com
EDMONTON, AB - It was Oktoberfest in March at Rogers Place as German snipers Leon Draisaitl and Tim Stützle both scored twice in a 6-3 win for the Edmonton Oilers over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
Draisaitl's double gave the 27-year-old the fourth 100-point NHL season of his career, with his 44th goal of the campaign standing up as the game winner. The former Rocket Richard winner has been on a goal scoring tear as of late with 15 goals in his last 15 games.
"I think maybe he doesn't get as much attention as he deserves," Warren Foegele said about Draisaitl. "He's probably the best passer in the league and he's so smart. Just the way he kind of controls the game is something I've never seen before. He's a talented player and we're lucky we've got [him and McDavid] on our team."
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Derek Ryan, Nick Bjugstad and Connor McDavid added the rest of the Oilers offence on the evening, while Stutzle's 33rd and 34th goals of the season were accompanied by Brady Tkachuk's 27th on the year to pace the visitor's attack.
Stuart Skinner picked up his fifth win in his last six starts for his 20th victory of the season. The 24-year-old turned aside 29-of-32 Ottawa attempts in the win. Skinner came up big late in the contest with a pair of point-blank saves on Artem Zub and Shane Pinto with just over three minutes remaining to lock down the victory.
Senators starter Mads Sogaard allowed five goals on 33 Oilers shots, marking the fourth time on the Senators five-game Western Conference road trip that they've allowed five or more goals.
Edmonton will now face the visiting Dallas Stars at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday before heading out on the road for an important divisional matchup against the Seattle Kraken on Saturday afternoon.
GAME RECAP: Maple Leafs 7, Oilers 4
A four-goal stretch of 5:59 in the second period by Toronto and 20 penalty minutes from Edmonton sink the Oilers to a 7-4 defeat at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday nightby Jamie Umbach @JamieUmbach / EdmontonOilers.com
TORONTO, ON - Turn a new leaf and shake this one off.
The Edmonton Oilers saw a two-goal lead slip away in a four-goal second period from Toronto Maple Leafs while running into penalty trouble in a 7-4 defeat at Scotiabank Arena in the final game of their four-game road trip on Saturday night.
Defenceman Mattias Ekholm scored his first goal in Blue & Orange before a wrap-around tally from Evander Kane and Connor McDavid's 55th of the season had the Oilers ahead 3-1 two-and-a-half minutes into the second period.
Past the midway mark of the middle frame, the Maple Leafs answered back with four goals in 5:59 of the period to take a 5-3 lead into the final 20 minutes. Leon Draisaitl's power-play goal with 7:29 to play in regulation erased Auston Matthews's 30th goal of the season to give the Oilers life late before Noel Acciari's second of the game into an empty net sealed the defeat for the Oilers, who fall to 36-23-8 on the campaign.
"I thought we got away from playing simple," Head Coach Jay Woodcroft said. "We tried to pass through people, and they're a good team. They have good sticks, and I just saw a lot of self-inflicted wounds during that little time frame."
The Oilers head home and resume their schedule at Rogers Place on Tuesday when they host the Ottawa Senators.
"Obviously we want that second period back if we could redo it, but I still think the way that we played Boston and Buffalo, we can take confidence from that for sure," Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. "Obviously you want to win every night, and losses, they always sting. So we need to get back on the horse here and have a couple of games at home, but I think we can still take a lot of positives from this road trip."
GAME RECAP: Oilers 3, Bruins 2
A terrific comeback victory for the Oilers at TD Garden ends Boston's 10-game win streak and hands them only their third regulation loss at home this seasonby Jamie Umbach @JamieUmbach / EdmontonOilers.com
BOSTON, MA - Something was brewin' in Beantown.
After falling behind 2-0 to the Boston Bruins, who had the opportunity to clinch a playoff spot and become the fastest team in NHL history to reach 50 wins on Thursday night, the Edmonton Oilers orchestrated a terrific comeback effort over the final 40 minutes to hand the league leaders only their third regulation loss at TD Garden and put an end to their 10-game win streak with a 3-2 victory.
"We just kept playing, but emphasis on finding the next one and not giving up anymore," defenceman Darnell Nurse, who scored the game-winner, said post-game. "We were focused tonight. Everyone was out there just doing their job and it was great to see."
Evan Bouchard kickstarted the comeback with his first goal in 43 games on a 4-on-1 rush in the second period before Devin Shore contributed his third assist in four games on Ryan McLeod's equalizer 6:08 into the third period.
Just inside the final five minutes of regulation, Darnell Nurse's seeing-eye wrist shot through traffic lifted the Oilers into a 3-2 lead before being able to shut the Bruins down defensively to capture two massive points in the League's toughest building to play in this campaign.
Goaltender Stuart Skinner showed mental fortitude after allowing two first-period goals to settle into the crease and end the night with 26 saves on 28 shots, securing his 19th win of the campaign.
"It felt very nice if I'm going to be honest. I was very excited after the game," Skinner said. "The guys were smiling and coming to the net after the win, and I was doing the same thing back to them. I was pretty excited, so this one feels really good."
After Thursday's stellar comeback win, Edmonton wraps up its four-game road trip at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"In the end, we stuck with it a little bit harder and a little bit longer and found the two points," Woodcroft said.
GAME RECAP: Oilers 3, Sabres 2
McDavid records two goals to reach a new career high of 124 points in a vital victory for the Oilers over the Sabres on Mondayby Jamie Umbach @JamieUmbach / EdmontonOilers.com
BUFFALO, NY - It wasn't quite a homecoming for captain Connor McDavid, but he deemed it close enough.
What the captain decides, he decides.
"He's the best player in the world and he's pushing his own boundaries, personal bests and those categories," Zach Hyman said. "So yeah, he's driving the bus. He's been driving the bus for a long time and continues to push himself to get better."
McDavid recorded a pair of goals in front of a heavy Oilers contingent at KeyBank Center to help lead the Edmonton Oilers to an important 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres as he reached a new career high of 124 points in only 65 games with a two-tally effort on Monday night.
"I thought it was big. Obviously, it's a huge two points," Skinner said. "Every one really matters now and it's kind of getting to that last stretch. So it was big that we were able to get two points here."
Derek Ryan netted his 11th goal of the season as part of an energetic performance from the fourth line with Devin Shore and Klim Kostin that was rewarded at the end of a dominant shift in the Sabres end late in the second period.
Shore recorded an assist and now has helpers in back-to-back games. Stuart Skinner was exceptional once again, stopping 36-of-38 shots and making two crucial glove saves in the final five minutes to help stem the tide from a late push from the Sabres, who played desperate and competitive hockey and challenged the Oilers for the full 60 minutes.
"Down the stretch, that team is desperate and trying to gain points," Head Coach Jay Woodcroft said. "They played a heck of a game. Our team played hard and played a heck of a game, and in the end, I'm glad we're walking out of this building with two points."
The Oilers continue their four-game road trip against the league-leading Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday evening.
GAME RECAP: Jets 7, Oilers 5
Leon Draisaitl recorded a hat-trick and Nick Bjugstad scored on his debut in an Oilers defeat to the Jets on Saturday nightby Jamie Umbach @JamieUmbach / EdmontonOilers.com
WINNIPEG, MB - Leon Draisaitl recorded the seventh regular-season hat-trick of his NHL career, but the Edmonton Oilers were unable to sweep a back-to-back home-and-home set with the Winnipeg Jets after falling 7-5 at Canada Life Centre on Saturday night.
The Dynamic Duo set a pair of new Oilers single-season franchise records on the power play in the loss, with the German recording his 25th power-play goal of the campaign that opened the scoring before Connor McDavid followed suit in the third period with his 58th power-play point of the campaign.
Draisaitl's former Prince Albert Raiders teammate and Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey paced the hosts with two goals and an assist as Winnipeg was able to snap a five-game winless skid with the victory on Saturday.
"They played a good game," Draisaitl said. "We obviously gave them way too many chances for looks and scoring chances. They're obviously a good offensive team, so they'll capitalize."
Nick Bjugstad found the back of the net in his Oilers debut and 600th career NHL game, while Jack Campbell didn't have his best on the night, allowing six goals on 38 shots in the loss.
"It's disappointing," Campbell said. "The guys played great and I've been working super hard, feeling good going into the games and it's just disappointing to let them down. A couple I want back, and that would have been the difference."
"Jack made some saves in that third period to give us a chance, and that's something that he can take out of tonight's game, but our team can be better," Head Coach Jay Woodcroft added.
The Oilers travel to Buffalo ahead of facing the Sabres on Monday night as they continue their four-game road trip.