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|Central Division - 3rd||Pacific Division - 2nd|
Draisaitl Powers Oilers In OT
File this one under the 'yeah, it really happened' column. Yes, Edmonton. The Oilers defeated the Ducks in OT!
No score until five minutes through the second period when Drake Caggiula scored his first career regular season goal on the power play on a pretty feed from Patrick Maroon. Anaheim's Ryan Kesler would tie it up four minutes later with a power play goal of his own. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would make it 2-1 Oilers about four minutes after Ryan Kesler, and Edmonton got out of the second period up 2-1.
Anaheim's Rickard Rakell would score his tenth goal midway through the third period to tie it at 2 goals a piece. Edmonton would at least get a point out of this one, but could they make it two?
Well, yeah, they did. And Leon Draisaitl had a big hand in it, receiving a pass right in front of Anaheim's Jon Gibson with less than two minutes remaining in overtime. Credit to Andrej Sekera for making some magic happen there. The Oilers took care of the Ducks. Jordan Eberle had assists on all three goals. Cam Talbot probably needs a break. Oilers did it without Darnell Nurse today, who was put on the IR with a bad foot. More on that after the jump.
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"We're aware and concerned..But we also walk that line with Matty Hendricks. He's one of the oldest players and we've got to keep him up and running...Right now, it's a decision we've made. The hardest thing about that situation is doing what's right for the group...You'd like to be concerned about your youngest and your oldest player and we are but we have to do what we think is right for the group..Today, we think the group earned the opportunity to get back at it."Source
That's Coach Todd McLellan on keeping the lineup the same as yesterday. Only Cam Talbot will be replaced for Jonas Gustavsson this evening.
The opponents are saying
"I don't know...He looked like he had trouble skating tonight, so I'm going to talk to the trainers after this...He just looked sluggish, like very methodical in his skating.." Source