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WORLDS: Day 5 Coverage

Draisaitl tallies a goal as Germany stays perfect in IIHF tournament action with a 4-1 win over France

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Leon Draisaitl was the lone Oilers player in action at the IIHF World Championship in Solvakia on Tuesday as he and the German contingent made good on their third appearance of the tournament with a 3-1 win over France to move to a perfect 3-0-0-0 and slide past Finland into first place on the Group A side. In the victory, Draisaitl converted on his second goal of the tournament, bringing his point total to three thus far with two goals and an assist in three games played. 

Draisaitl Buries Kahun's Beautiful Pass

The Oilers forward slid below the hashmarks unabated where fellow NHLer, and one of only three others on the team, Dominik Kahun, dished a perfect pass from behind the net right onto Draisaitl's tape who made no mistake and buried a wrister to make it 3-1 Germany late in the second frame. 

The goal could have easily been his second on the afternoon after he came inches from opening the scoring in the first period when he slid the puck under French goaltender Florian Hardy's right pad but watched it sail through the blue paint and out the other side. 

Draisaitl's Close Call

Korbinian Holzer would go on to score an empty-netter in the last minute to polish off the 4-1 victory for Germany. 

Next up for Draisaitl and the Germans will be meeting against an Oilers teammate in Andrej Sekera and the host nation Slovaks on Wednesday, May 15 at 12:15pm MT. 

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