- Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid each scored two goals and added two assists as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night.
The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-3 on Wednesday night, thanks to two goals and two assists from Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid.
“We started a little slow, then we got rolling a little bit, and then I thought we got bigger and better as the game went on,” head coach Dave Tippett said. “We began to play a more sound version of what we wanted and capitalized on some opportunities, and we were able to win.”
When Arizona forward Clayton Keller slipped in alone and beat Edmonton goaltender Mikko Koskinen with a backhand move, the Oilers let up the first goal for the ninth time in their last ten games.
With 5 minutes living in the 1st period, McDavid tied it up on the power play by smashing in a loose puck during a scramble.
In the second period, Oilers defenseman Cody Ceci’s point shot struck teammate Zack Kassian in front and bounced to Draisaitl, who scored his 19th goal of the season.
Kassian scored in the third period after being thwarted by Coyotes goaltender Scott Wedgewood on a two-on-one in the second. McDavid also contributed an assist on the play, marking his 400th career assist.
Draisaitl scored on the power play to put the Oilers up 4-1.
The Coyotes rallied back with goals from Travis Boyd and Shayne Gostisbehere, separated by 1:23. McDavid sealed the deal with an empty-netter.
“Of course, we want to restrict those last two goals at the end there to keep it close – it’s kind of superfluous,” Draisaitl said. “But we’ll learn from it and eliminate it from our game.”
Kassian scored twice and had two assists. Koskinen improved to 10-2 with 24 saves.
On Saturday, the Edmonton Oilers (14-5) will play the Vegas Golden Knights.
Source: Global News
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