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McDavid scores in overtime to lead Oilers out of slump in win over Golden Knights

The Edmonton Oilers have despatched a reminder as to how troublesome they are often to face in overtime.

Connor McDavid scored the winner 1:17 into overtime because the Oilers broke out of their slump with a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. Edmonton was the lone workforce in the NHL to not go to overtime but this season earlier than the win.

McDavid danced round a defender and chipped a shot over Knights starter Adin Hill for his sixteenth of the season. It was a fairly end to cap off what McDavid in any other case thought was a frightful efficiency on his half for the night time.

“It was ugly proper from the beginning for me,” he mentioned. “I fought the puck all night time, modified sticks a pair instances. Dropped my stick, misplaced a mouth guard a bunch of instances. It was ugly, however clearly [it was about] sticking with it and I discovered a means to contribute to the sport.

“You know, make it depend while you get your probability.”

Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft mentioned McDavid is sort of a shark when a possibility arises.

“I feel anyone can see blood. He’s one of the particular ones that may scent it,” he mentioned.

“[He] clearly made some performs there that helped us win the sport and got here by way of when it mattered most. That was, you already know, a really decided and severe participant who wished to go out and discover the 2 factors for our workforce and make performs down the stretch.”

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Connor McDavid scored the overtime winner in Edmonton’s 4-3 win over Las Vegas.

Warren Foegele, Leon Draisaitl and Zach Hyman additionally scored for the Oilers (10-8-0) who had misplaced 5 of their final seven general and three straight at dwelling.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins recorded three assists and McDavid notched one other helper. Stuart Skinner stopped 31-of-34 pictures.

Mark Stone, with two targets, and Keegan Kolesar responded for the Golden Knights (14-4-1) who’ve now misplaced three of their final 4 outings. Hill made 19 saves in the loss.

“We did a very good job to combat our means again into the sport, however sadly they made a play in overtime and received the win,” mentioned Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy. “We need two factors. We are a very good overtime workforce.

“We began with the puck and had our alternative to generate one thing, and so they checked it again, so good for them. There had been some good issues to get a degree. If we began just a little higher, just a little cleaner, then perhaps we get the 2. But, on the finish of the day, we are going to take the one.”

Edmonton received the essential first objective of the sport 1:56 into the opening body as Hill was in a position to make a cease on a Nugent-Hopkins shot earlier than Foegele chipped in a backhand on the doorstep for his third objective in the final 5 video games.

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Vegas pulled even with lower than 4 minutes remaining in the primary as Shea Theodore floated a shot on internet that went off the again of Kolesar’s head and previous a bewildered Skinner.

The Golden Knights surged forward 4:09 into the second interval when Stone was awarded a penalty shot after being checked on a break by Ryan Murray. Stone made no mistake on the chance, beating Skinner by way of the legs for his sixth of the season.

Midway by way of the second interval, Darnell Nurse despatched it throughout to Draisaitl who waited for Hill and a defender to dive throughout in desperation earlier than calmly depositing his tenth of the season into the online to tie the sport.

Vegas Golden Knights’ goalie Adin Hill (33) appears to be like on because the Edmonton Oilers have fun a objective throughout second interval NHL motion in Edmonton. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

Vegas got here shut to regaining the lead with 30 seconds left in the second on a short-handed two-on-one alternative, however Skinner was in a position to make the cease on William Karlsson.

Edmonton moved in entrance on the ability play simply 38 seconds into the third interval. Tyson Barrie stored the puck in Golden Knights territory, giving McDavid the possibility to ship the puck to Hyman for his ninth of the marketing campaign.

With 8:27 left in the third, Draisaitl coughed it up in his personal zone, main to Stone utilizing a display screen to completely choose the highest nook for his second of the sport to knot the sport at 3-3 to ultimately ship the sport to overtime.

The first objective of the sport has been key for each groups to this level. In their first 10 video games at dwelling this season, the Oilers had fallen behind 1-0 inside the first six pictures towards seven instances. Conversely, Edmonton was 6-1 when getting the primary objective. The Knights got here into the sport having scored the primary objective in 13 of their 18 video games, with an 11-2 report after they did Vegas entered the sport with an 8-1 highway report.

The Golden Knights have an NHL-high 9 gamers with 10 or extra factors. Playing simply his fourth sport since being known as up from the AHL, Mattias Janmark began the sport taking part in on McDavid’s line. The Oilers had been and not using a pair or key forwards in Kailer Yamamoto (undisclosed) and Evander Kane (wrist surgical procedure) Vegas was lacking the providers of Nicolas Roy with what Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned was a “lower-body aggravation.”

Both groups return to motion on Monday. The Oilers start a three-game highway journey in New Jersey towards the Devils. The Golden Knights shut out a brief two-game journey in Vancouver towards the Canucks.

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