Ryan Nugent-Hopkins led the way with a four point night. Ryan McLeod, Evander Kane, Zach Hyman, and Leon Draisaitl added goals along the way
Here’s how it all shook out...
It was a much better start for the Oilers....dare I say their best start so far in that they weren’t immediately scored on.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the first good chance of the game with a wrister from the top of the circle that beat Frederik Andersen but not the post.
Cody Ceci was then sprung on a short breakaway but couldn’t get around the Dane.
That early pressure paid off as Zach Hyman tipped a point shot from Tyson Barrie on the game’s first powerplay. The Oilers score first for the first time this season—1-0 Oilers.
That would be how the period would end. The Hurricanes got close, with a post and a few very good looks on net, but it wasn’t enough for the equalizer.
The middle frame didn’t start as good as the first for Edmonton.
Evgeny Svechnikov ripped a wicked snapshot that beat Jack Campbell clean. Tie game, just over a minute in.
Edmonton didn’t let this deflate them. Despite Leon Draisaitl taking a slashing penalty, Nugent-Hopkins fed Ryan McLeod on a two-on-one who then beat Andersen through the five-hole. Oilers regain the lead at 2-1.
Evander Kane added to that lead a second later after being sprung on a breakaway by Connor McDavid. Oilers feeling it and have some insurance at 3-1.
Campbell then turned in his best sequence of the season so far. He absolutely robbed Jesper Kotkaniemi on a sprawling side-to-side save to bail out his defence.
They couldn’t keep the Hurricanes completely off the board. It was once again Svechnikov who came in on the and lasered a shot over Campbell’s blocker. The buffer was down to 3-2.
Oilers head to the third with a one-goal lead.
The Canes scored early in the second, so the Oilers scored early in the third!
After Andersen got caught playing the puck behind the net, Nugent-Hopkins pounced on a loose puck and deposited it into an open net. Oilers regain some insurance at 4-2.
Once again, that insurance didn’t last long. Svechnikov was red hot as he completed the hat trick with another quick shot. 4-3 with plenty of time left to play.
That didn’t stun Edmonton. Carolina made the mistake of giving the Oilers a powerplay and Leon Draisaitl made them pay. From his patented spot, it was 5-3.
Like clockwork, the Hurricanes found a way to respond. Martin Necas made it 5-4 with a powerplay goal on a give-and-go play.
The Canes mounted a late-game push but an empty netter sealed the deal for the Oilers.
Oilers win this one 6-4.
- Not a fantastic game from Jack Campbell, but not a terrible night either. He came up huge on a late breakaway by Sebastian Aho.
- That Svechnikov kid has a helluva shot.
- So great to see Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have a four-point night. He’s been a guy that has started to face a bit of criticism for being relegated to the third line....but he still remains a solid player. Good bet he’ll hit at least 55 points this year once again.
- This is exactly the type of game the Oilers needed to have. They played a full 60 minutes against a very good Hurricanes squad. Needed to confidence-boost after the loss against the Sabres.
- Ryan McLeod has been flying early in the season and he’s getting rewarded for it. A beautiful short-handed goal tonight.
- Evander Kane FINALLY was able to convert on a chance as well. You hope it opens up the floodgates similar to last season.
- The Edmonton Oilers get back in the win column with a 6-4 victory! Their record is an even 2-2-0 on the year as we enter the backend of October. Next up: The St. Louis Blue are in Edmonton on Saturday.