Leon Draisaitl was one of assisting away from matching a record held, in a part, by a Canadian icon, and he had no intention. But the German icon forward feels much more content with the 2 points his team earned last Sunday night. Draisaitl and teammate Connor Mc David combined for 11 points in an 8-5. Edmonton Oilers victory the Ottawa Senators, Sunday night T Rogers Place.
McDavid scored a goal and added four assists, while Draisaitl had six assists. The German forward was one assist away from tying the single-game record for assist held by Wayne Gretzky and Billy Taylor Sr.
“I was not aware of that. It’s not something I pay too much observation to,” Draisaitl said.
Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner made 33 saves on 28 kicks in his NHL debut, earning his first career victory. Skinner was a 3rd– round selection of the oilers back in 2017.
“It was nice that we got up a couple and the guys in front of me were playing really good night. Evidently, they potted out eight goals. That evidently helped,” Skinner said.
Edmonton (5-6-0) now has back to back win under their belt for the first time his season. Meanwhile, the Senators (1-7-1) are on and eight-game winless streak after Sunday’s loss.
Ottawa Senators head coach Smith called his team ‘fragile’ after the loss and weep the fact they look ‘questionable’ Penalties, resulting in four power-play goals allowed.
Of course, being on the man- advantage allow the Oilers ‘big stars to rack up against the Senators’.
“Their big guys took us apart tonight,” smith called.
Senator’s goaltender Matt Murray allowed three goals in nine kicks before being pulled in the first quarter for Marcus Hogerg. The Swede made 17 save in a relief appearance.
Smith did not rule out calling up goaltender Joey Daccord from the taxi squad to pick his team another option in net for a future game.
“We have to use every player that’s available to our disposable and that’s a guy we’re going to have to think about,” Smith called.
It took 8sceonds for the Oilers to open the scoring. Off a faceoff win by Draisaitl in the Senators zone. Kahuna took the pas from his center and fired a shot toward the net. The puck deflected off Senators ‘forward Josh Norris’s stuck and went past Murray into the goal. It was the first attack for both teams.
James Neal Would later makes it 2-0 for the Oilers with a power- play goal. He deflected a kick from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins past Matt Murray at 15:45 of the opening period ceremony. McDavid picked p his first point of the night of the goal.
The Senators scored their first of the might nearly 90 seconds later. Colin white batted the puck out of mid-air after taking a Eugenie Dadonov pass from behind the net.
Tyron Barrie restored the Oilers ‘two-goal lead with the first goal with his new team player. He joined the Oilers in the Out season as a free agent after suspending the last season in Toronto. He fired a shot from the blue line and went through forwarding Alex Caisson’s legs and in the end through Murray. Both Mc David and Draisaitl each picked up an against that once. That should be it for Murray after allowing three goals scored on eight shots.
Neal would later add his second of the period before Nugent- Hopkins added his first of the night to make it 5-1. Mc David and Draisaitl again joined to get assists on the Nugent-Hopkins goal.
Brady Tkackuk and Drake Bather son both scored a goal to bring the score to 5-3 before the end of the first quarter.
McDavid scored his long goal of the game 43 second in the second quarter. It was his teams fourth with the man advantages, as well his fourth point of the game. Darnell Nurse Kailer also scored in the quarter.
Draisaitl assisted on all three goals in the second period.
Ottawa Senators rookie Tim Stutzle scored his team’s fourth goal score of the night in the 3rd period. Seconds later, forward Austin Watson made it 8-5 with a shot from the point, making the score a little more respectable.
But it was still too little, too late for the Senators to catch up to Edmonton’s dynamic duo.