Evander Kane scored two goals, Connor McDavid had a goal, and a pair assists. The Edmonton Oilers won 6-3 over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday to win their fifth consecutive victory.
The Oilers have the longest active streak of wins in the NHL, with Zach Hyman, Tyson Barrie, and Leon Draisaitl scoring for them.
Kane said that a couple of wins can change your mindset and make you believe a lot higher. Kane has scored 12 goals and 20 points in his 23 games with the Oilers since signing. “We became healthier and began playing tighter together as a team of five, which has really helped our game. It’s led to great success.”
“I see great potential within this team, that is why I came to here.” You’re beginning to see the potential, I believe.
Jesper Bratt scored two goals and assisted Nico Hischier, both Devils players who have lost three consecutive games and four of five in their last five.
Hischier stated that while it was frustrating, the game overall showed some good results. It’s not a bad game, but it’s frustrating that it came out short at the end.
Just 26 seconds into the third quarter, the Devils tied the score at 2. Bratt directed a puck that was bouncing off Mikko Koskinen’s backboards to Bratt for his second goal of the game.
A few minutes later, New Jersey had a lead of 3-2 when Hischier scored a big rebound. He was alone in front and managed to slip a backhander into net before Koskinen could reach the net.
Edmonton took over the reins soon after.
Nine minutes into the third, the Oilers scored a goal from a bad angle. Barrie somehow managed to slip a shot past Jon Gilles’ shoulder.
Eight minutes into the third, Edmonton regained its lead on the power play. Kane found a puck in the slot and guided the puck in for his second goal of the game.
49 seconds later, the Oilers were able to breathe as McDavid sent a pass forward that went through Hyman’s skate.
McDavid scored an empty-netter, extending his streak of goal scoring to five games. This gives him 90 points for the season.
Draisaitl stated that “it got away from us a bit for a few minutes in the third,” but that good teams find ways of winning. It is two major points for us at the end of each day.
“It was a stretch for us, but important games. There were some great teams here.”
Edmonton scored the first period’s opening goal at 1:11. Gilles thought that he had the puck. Jesse Puljujarvi took it behind the net and sent it in front of Draisaitl. He scored his 41st goal of the season.
The Oilers had a 20-0 record in scoring first this season, which was second in league history behind the 1944-1945 Montreal Canadiens who were 22-0.
Five minutes into the first period, the Devils tied the game when Hischier sent Bratt in for a breakaway. He beat Koskinen to score his 20th goal.
Edmonton scored a surprising goal with 2:22 remaining in the second period. It appeared that Gilles had saved Kane’s wraparound attempt. Play continued for 30 seconds, until the horn sounded. It indicated that a review was necessary. The review concluded that the puck had crossed over the line.
Koskinen ended with 25 saves, and improved to 11-1-1 in his 14 previous starts. Gillies stopped 34 shots.
Kane stated, “I think that we’re going be a tough team to defeat as we grow our game and become tighter as a group in the way that we play.”
Devils: Tuesday Night, New York Rangers will host the Devils.
Oilers: At Colorado on Monday night.