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THREE THINGS: Oilers win in Jersey Head Writer Chris Wescott gives three things from the Oilers overtime win in New Jersey

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

NEWARK, NJ - The Oilers pushed their win total on this road trip to two with another overtime decision, this time defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-2. Here are three things to take from the win.


What can you say about Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in 3-on-3 overtime other than "wow?" The dynamic duo is special to watch. They combine for a lot of speed and a lot of skill.

McDavid makes skating past NHL defencemen look so easy, and he always seems to know where Draisaitl is on the ice. The two connected in Brooklyn on Tuesday, with Draisaitl setting up McDavid for the OT winner. Thursday night it was McDavid's turn to return the favour.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: OVERTIME WINNER! #LetsGoOilers @EASportsNHL

The Oilers captain blazed past the Devils, put on the breaks and sauced a pass out to the trailing Draisaitl. The Oilers forward made no mistake, burying the game-winner past Cory Schneider with 17 seconds left. Draisaitl became the fourth player in Oilers history with four or more career overtime goals.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: THESE TWO! #LetsGoOilers

The two are absolutely deadly with all that open ice in overtime.


After this one, all six Oilers road games this season have been decided by one goal and four have went to overtime.

To start this trip, the Oilers have two overtime wins and it has also given them their first back-to-back victories of the season. That's a big confidence boost for a club trying to get something rolling.


Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has continued his hot start to 2017-18. Quietly, Nugent-Hopkins recorded two assists in the win, including a nice feed on Milan Lucic's equalizer in the third. The two-point night was his 59th career multi-point game.

Video: EDM@NJD: Lucic beats Schneider five-hole to tie game

The centre also had a game-high six shots on goal, and he was controlling the play and creating chances in overtime. He now has six goals and five assists in 15 games this season.

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