April 16th, 2024

Draisaitl nets overtime winner as Oilers edge Canadiens 3-2

By Shane Jones, The Canadian Press on March 19, 2024.

Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) and Evan Bouchard (2) celebrate the game-winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens during overtime NHL action in Edmonton on Tuesday March 19, 2024.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON – Leon Draisaitl scored a power-play goal at 3:17 of overtime as the Edmonton Oilers edged the resilient Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

Draisaitl converted a feed from Connor McDavid with a one-timer from a sharp angle for his 34th goal of the season.

McDavid and Adam Henrique also scored for the Oilers (41-21-4) who have gone 8-1-2 in their last 11 outings.

Nick Suzuki and Kaiden Guhle replied for the Canadiens (25-31-12) who have lost three in a row, including two in overtime.

Edmonton started the scoring 9:20 into the opening frame on a terrific individual effort from McDavid who stripped a puck, danced around defender Guhle and then undressed goalie Sam Montembeault with a deke before depositing his 26th of the season into the net.

Guhle made up for his earlier gaffe about five minutes later as he fished a puck to safety that was lying in the blue paint before the Oilers could poke it into a wide-open net.

The Oilers took a 2-0 lead with five minutes remaining in the middle frame as Mattias Ekholm made a nice pass to Henrique in tight and he corralled it and scored his 19th of the season and first since being traded near the deadline to Edmonton from the Anaheim Ducks.

Montreal ended Oiler goalie Calvin Pickard’s bid for consecutive shutouts just 32 seconds into the third period with a bit of a lucky goal as a puck caromed off of both of Suzuki’s skates before heading into the net to count as his 27th of the season.

The Habs tied the game 2-2 while the teams were skating four players aside 4:43 into the third period as Jake Evans fed Guhle with a direct line on net and he beat Pickard glove side for his fifth of the campaign.

The Oilers were awarded a late power play and almost took advantage but Zach Hyman rifled a shot off of the post.

Then with 28 seconds to play, Joel Armia was assessed a double-minor for a high stick on Henrique that extended into overtime.

NOTES

It was the second and final meeting of the season between the two teams, with Edmonton winning the previous encounter 2-1 in overtime in Montreal on Jan. 13. “¦ The Canadiens were without head coach Martin St. Louis, who was attending to a personal family issue. “¦ Troy Stecher drew in on the Oilers defence with Vincent Desharnais nursing a slight hand injury. It was only the fifth game an Oilers defenceman has missed this season, the lowest in the NHL. Winnipeg is next at 17, followed by Carolina at 19. “¦ Habs forward Alex Newhook suited up for his 200th career NHL game. “¦ McDavid is the first player with more than 80 assists in consecutive seasons since Joe Thornton accomplished the feat in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007.

UP NEXT

Canadiens: Visit the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

Oilers: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 19, 2024.

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