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Draisaitl scored 3:16 into the extra session Saturday night to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 victory at Rogers Place, snapping the Ducks’ three-game win streak.
Working overtime continues to be a worthless exercise for the Anaheim Ducks.
Leon Draisaitl scored 3:16 into the extra session Saturday night to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 victory at Rogers Place, snapping the Ducks’ three-game win streak.
In snapping a five-game losing streak to the Ducks, the Oilers (14-10-2) grabbed sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division behind San Jose. Drake Caggiula scored his first NHL goal while Jordan Eberte had three assists.
The Ducks (12-8-5) managed to get to overtime on Rickard Rakell’s team-leading 10th of the season midway through third period. Rakell got a good bounce when Ryan Getzlaf’s attempted shot struck a skate in front and caromed right to his linemate.
And they kept pushing to win it in regulation. Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot had to work in the third as the Ducks’ forecheck kept creating possession and opportunities. Ondrej Kase was turned away on a pad save with 5:39 left. Cam Fowler had a backhand denied as the final seconds ticked off.
Overtime has been a problem area. The Ducks have lost all five of their games that have gone beyond regulation, four of them in the extra five-minute session. They’ve struggled in the 3-on-3 format, but it didn’t even come to that in this one.
Failure on a 74-second 4-on-3 power play carried into overtime hurt the Ducks. And with four skaters aside and no whistle yet to revert back to 3-on-3, Edmonton took advantage as Andrej Sekera found Draisaitl in front for a one-time shot past Ducks goalie John Gibson.
Connor McDavid didn’t need to score to leave his footprint on the game. Edmonton’s 19-year-old superstar was again held off the scoresheet with the Ducks’ Ryan Kesler as his omnipresent shadow, but the center’s quick little move to get by defenseman Josh Manson drew a hooking penalty.
It got cashed in as Caggiula became the beneficiary. Just eight games into his NHL career, the undrafted college signee out of NCAA power North Dakota got a cross-ice pass from former Ducks winger Patrick Maroon and sent a one-time shot past Gibson.
The Ducks answered that with their own conversion on the man advantage. Seconds after Edmonton’s Adam Larsson took a seat for hooking, Getzlaf found Kesler down around the net and a successful curl move around Talbot evened the score.
Kesler got his ninth of the season to momentarily tie Rakell, with six of those coming on the power play. The Ducks have gotten good production from him as well as Rakell, Fowler and Jakob Silfverberg.
The problem is they’re not getting it from Getlzaf or Perry. The two have racked up their share of assists but Perry’s 17 games without a goal is his longest streak without one since going 20 games in his rookie season. Getzlaf’s goal last week at San Jose snapped a 15-game drought.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been below average for the Oilers but the second-line center gave them a 2-1 edge with a wrist shot for his fourth goal. It came just as Manson’s second hooking minor of the period had ended.
Panthers 0 Senators 2
Jets 3 (OT) Blues 2
Red Wings 3 Penguins 5
Capitals 1 (SO) Lightning 2
Maple Leafs 2 (SO) Canucks 3
Blue Jackets 3 (SO) Coyotes 2
Stars 3 Avalanche 0
Ducks 2 (OT) Oilers 3
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