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Oilers Outlast Ducks, Have Won Three Straight

Where the hell were these wins three weeks ago?

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ducks forward Rickard Rakell scored two goals in fourteen seconds late in the third period to tie the game up at 5-all. The game would go to the shootout, where Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid took care of business. The Oilers are winners of three straight. Where was this three weeks ago?

  • Ryan Strome has come on as of late. Two goals for Strome against the Ducks, he’s got five in his last five. Score ‘em in bunches. Strome’s two goals put him at 28 points on the year.
  • EMERGENCE OF SLEPYSHEV? Slepyshev does a lot of heavy lifting against the boards with Cam Fowler on his back. A brilliant pass from McDavid and Slepyshev has his fifth of the year. Said it last game, but the Oilers are going to depend on value guys like Slepyshev.
  • Shots were flying everywhere in this game. Edmonton had 42 shots, while the Ducks turned up 46 shots. Al Montoya took the win for Edmonton, he stopped 41 of 46 for the W even though things got real weird in the last 30 seconds.
  • Milan Lucic had a point tonight. Yes, really. Lucic’s first point in over a month came as the secondary assist on an Iiro Pakarinen goal. This goal, to be exact.
  • Ryan Strome’s been on fire over the last half-dozen or so games, but Mike Cammalleri has been scoring assists like they’re some new found exotic fruit. Two more assists for Cammalleri today gives him five in his last two games. Unfortunate for the Oilers that these guys are finding success long after the team’s playoff chances have passed, but it’s always good to get on the board.
  • Today is the NHL’s trade deadline. Will the Oilers make an impact move today? Join us all day for coverage of the league’s moves. Later in the day we’ll dive into a recap of any Oiler moves that might happen.