NEW YORK, NY - The Oilers opened their four-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime win in Brooklyn, downing the Islanders thanks to superb goaltending from Cam Talbot and timely goals by Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid. Here's three things to take from the win.
1. ROAD WARRIOR
Cam Talbot was great against the Islanders. He was solid early in a scoreless game, stopping Josh Bailey less than a minute in. He later robbed Anders Lee on a power play late in the frame, keeping things even.
It was the third period, however, where Talbot really shined. Edmonton was outshot 13-2 in the final regulation frame but their netminder kept the Islanders out to send it to overtime. He finished the game with 36 saves on 37 shots.
Talbot's road numbers have been solid this season so far, as he's posted a 2.03 goals-against average and .937 save percentage away from Rogers Place.
2. CAPTAIN CLUTCH
Connor McDavid scored his sixth goal of the season 38 seconds into overtime to lift the Oilers to victory. That was his second game-winning goal of the season in 14 games. His career high is six in a season, set last year.
It was his third career overtime goal. He has one in each of his three seasons in the NHL.
3. SHOOTING GALLERY
Volume of shots has not been an issue for the Oilers, despite their lack of scoring this season. While Edmonton ranks at the bottom of the League in goals scored per game, they are third in shots for per game. They've gotten an average of 36.9 on net per game this season.
Last night wasn't the norm for them, as they had just 25 against the Islanders, but it was enough for the win - thanks to Talbot at the other end.
Defenceman Darnell Nurse led the team in shots with four. He's been fairly active in getting pucks on net this season. He's third on the team in shots so far this season, firing 39 in 14 games.