McDavid, Oilers ship Panthers to 4th loss in a row



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11 Jan 2019, 12:17 IST
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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid bailed out the Edmonton Oilers with one other huge sport.

McDavid had two objectives — together with the tying rating with eight seconds left in regulation — and likewise scored within the shootout, serving to the Oilers battle again for a 4-Three victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night time.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins additionally scored within the shootout, and Darnell Nurse had the opposite aim in regulation for the Oilers, who’ve received three of their final 5 on the heels of a six-game shedding streak.

“We discovered a strategy to win a sport the place perhaps we did not deserve it,” McDavid mentioned. “However we caught with it. It was gritty. There was only a horrible bounce for them to go forward within the third. To lose on that might have been disappointing.”

Edmonton had misplaced 5 in a row at house.

“We have been exhausted,” Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock mentioned. “I assumed our gamers actually gutted it up within the third interval. Everyone knew, midway by way of the primary interval, we had nothing. They only helped one another by way of.

“It is a hell of an indication for having completely zero within the tank. To provide you with two factors is, for me, actually, actually spectacular.”

Frank Vatrano, Denis Malgin and Henrik Borgstrom scored for the Panthers, who’ve misplaced 4 video games in a row.

“It was unlucky the way in which it ended, eight seconds to go to get two factors, I assumed we performed a heck of a highway sport,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner mentioned. “I feel we gave up 18 photographs in regulation. We produced some probabilities, we scored a giant aim on the finish, we did loads of good issues. I really feel dangerous for the blokes as a result of I assumed they labored exhausting, I assumed they responded.”

Florida began the scoring simply earlier than the halfway mark of the primary interval when Vatrano scored his 12th on a shot that Edmonton’s Cam Talbot received a bit of earlier than it trickled in previous him.

Edmonton received the aim again simply 26 seconds later when Alex Chiasson dropped the puck again to a trailing Nurse, who blasted a shot previous James Reimer. McDavid picked up his 40th help of the season on the play.

The Panthers regained the lead 4½ minutes into the second interval when Malgin scored on a rebound.

After failing to get a shot on a two-man benefit, the Oilers tied it with 22 seconds left within the center body when McDavid had an empty cage to shoot it into together with the web, scoring his 25th of the season.

Florida received a fortunate bounce to go up 3-2 with six minutes to play when Borgstrom put a puck on internet that bounced off of a pair of Oilers defenders — Caleb Jones after which Adam Larsson — earlier than caroming into the Edmonton internet.

“I’ve by no means seen a bounce like that,” Talbot mentioned. “You get ones that go off of skates and not less than they’re being funneled towards the web. That one was being pushed away from the web and in some way ended up again in it.”

The Oilers tied it with Talbot pulled and simply eight seconds left as McDavid tucked it by way of Reimer’s legs to ship the sport to additional time. McDavid additionally added an insurance coverage aim within the shootout.


Panthers: play the third sport of a five-game highway journey in Calgary on Friday.

Oilers: stay house to host Arizona on Saturday.

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