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Oil Spills: Thursday Links - Overtiiiiiime Winner

All the news that you can use from Edmonton and around the NHL. Purcell's overtime winner gets the Oilers past the Ducks, plus Ovechkin is great, the impact of changes to faceoffs on scoring, some thoughts on liking the Canucks, and more.

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About Last Night

The Doctor Does it All -- The Copper & Blue
Oilers take their first lead of the game 1:16 into overtime defeating the Ducks 4-3

Ducks Drop Second Straight In OT, Lose 4-3 To Oilers -- Anaheim Calling
Corey Perry's 300th goal with Anaheim, Rickard Rakell's return not enough against Edmonton as the Oilers rally for two third period deficits to force and win in three-on-three overtime.

Oilers 4 - Ducks 3 (OT) - Rank 'Em -- The Copper & Blue
Tell us how the Oilers looked tonight. Who was the best, who was the worst.

Player grades: Leon Draisaitl stars as Oilers fight back to drop Ducks in OT - Bruce McCurdy -- Cult of Hockey
Fans of the Edmonton Oilers are watching Leon Draisaitl grow up before our eyes. It’s not six weeks ago that the big German centre, then 19, became the last cut after what had been a fairly impressive training camp and preseason, and the disappointed youngster headed south for seasoning. A few weeks later he was back, pressed into big league action due to injuries with the big club. Since his return the Deutscheland Dangler has displayed a new determination to his play that suggests he has absolutely zero intention of playing anywhere but Edmonton for the foreseeable future.

What we learned from the Oilers’ 4-3 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks - Joanne Ireland -- Edmonton Journal
Good memories? Hardly. The Oilers had lost their previous six games in the Honda Centre and had been outscored 20-9. But that was then.

Oilers forward Teddy Purcell pots game winner in overtime - Derek Van Diest -- Edmonton Sun
Perhaps it’s not the start but the finish the Edmonton Oilers should be focusing on moving forward.

Oilers defeat Ducks 4-3 in overtime - Joanne Ireland -- Edmonton Journal
It is the happiest place on earth. At least it was on Wednesday after the Oilers found their way back to the win column, defeating the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in overtime at the Honda Center.

GDB 16.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Ducks -- OilersNation
Teddy Purcell? TEDDY PURCELL! Final Score: 4-3 Oilers in OT.

Edmonton Oilers Goalie Sets Up Winner Versus Ducks -- Oil On Whyte
You read that right!  Edmonton Oilers goaltender Anders Nilsson contributed a vital 2nd assist, on Teddy Purcell’s break-away overtime goal, in a thrilling 4-3, come-from-behind win over Anaheim. And these two points could not have come at a more opportune time, at this stage in the Edmonton Oilers shaky season.

BLH Post Gamer G16 Oilers VS. Ducks: Duck Duck Duck TEDDY! -- Beer League Heroes
What a win! That was the kind of performance the team desperately needed to capitalize on.

Around The NHL

Has the NHL’s new faceoff rule increased goal scoring? -- Hockey Graphs
So the question is, approximately 200 games into the 2015-2016 season, has this rule change had a tangible effect on scoring?

Alex Ovechkin and becoming the greatest goal scorer in NHL history --
Alex Ovechkin, who just turned 30 in September, is already in the top 50 goal scorers in NHL history.

Gary Bettman’s next potential bold frontiers for the NHL: Las Vegas and China -- The Globe and Mail
But as odd as it sounds, Las Vegas and China fit with what Gary Bettman’s NHL has long been about: growing the game and growing hockey-related revenues while taking the chance that the sport can work in decidedly non-hockey locales.

It's OK To Like The Canucks Now Canada -- Nucks Misconduct
Back to Canada, to complete this two week road trip. They love our team there, right ?

Signing Justin Abdelkader to a Seven-Year Deal is a Bad Idea -- Winging It In Motown
News has surfaced about Justin Abdelkader, and his impending status as an unrestricted free agent.

Patrick Marleau Trade Rumors: Are The Rangers A Likely Destination? -- Blueshirt Banter
Patrick Marleau is apparently willing to waive his no trade clause to come to New York (among others). Should the Rangers want him, though?

Understanding Dave Hakstol's System: The Basics -- Broad Street Hockey
The Flyers have now played a full month under new coach Dave Hakstol. What have we learned thus far about this preferred system?