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Devils no match for Streaking Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta – The Devils were no match for the red-hot Oilers in this game.

Evander Kane had two goals, Connor McDavid had one goal and two assists, and the Edmonton Oilers used a four-goal third half to defeat the New Jersey Devils 6-3 on Saturday and earn their fifth straight win.

Jesper Bratt had two goals and an assist and Nico Hischier also scored for the Devils, who have lost three in a row and four of their last five.

“It’s frustrating, but if you look at the whole game, I think we did some things pretty well,” Hischier said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a terrible game, but in the end it’s just frustrating to get out of here for a little while.”

Leon Draisaitl, Tyson Barrie and Zach Hyman also scored for the Oilers, who have the longest active winning streak in the NHL.

“A few straight wins can really change the mindset and push the faith a little bit higher,” said Kane, who has 12 goals and 20 points in 23 games since signing with the Oilers. “We got healthy and started to play a lot tighter as a five-piece and that really helped our game and made it a success

Oilers players celebrate after scoring against Jon Gillies in the Devils' 6-3 loss.
Oilers players celebrate after scoring against Jon Gillies in the Devils’ 6-3 loss.
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“I see great potential in this team, that’s why I came here. I think you’re starting to see what it can look like.”

The Devils separated just 26 seconds into the third period when Bratt redirected a puck that bounced off Mikko Koskinen’s backboards for his second of the game.

New Jersey went 3-2 a few minutes later when Hischier grabbed a big rebound that was left alone up front to net a backhand ball before Koskinen could come over.

But Edmonton soon took control.

The Oilers scored from a bad angle nine minutes into the third minute when Barrie somehow slipped a shot over Jon Gilles’ shoulder.

Edmonton then restored their lead after eight minutes on the third minute on the power play when Kane found a loose puck in the slot and brought it in for his second of the game.

The Oilers caught some breathing room 49 seconds later when McDavid sent a forward pass that netted off Hyman’s skate.

McDavid added an empty net to extend his scoring streak to five games, earning him 90 points in the season.

“It hurt us a bit for a few minutes in the third round, but good teams find ways to win,” said Draisaitl. “At the end of the day, there are two big points for us.

“It was a bit tiring for us, important games. We had some good teams here.”

Edmonton only started the goal at 1:11 in the first period. It seemed Gilles thought he had the puck, only to have Jesse Puljujarvi lift it behind the net and send it to Draisaitl, who shot his 41st of the season into a wide-open net.

The Oilers went home with a 20-0 record when they scored the first goal this season, the second-best mark in league history behind the 1944-1945 Montreal Canadiens, who won 22-0.

The Devils equalized five minutes into the opening period when Hischier sent Bratt for a breakaway and he defeated Koskinen with his 20th goal.

Edmonton scored something of a surprise goal at 2:12 in the second half when Gilles appeared to have made a block save on a sweeping attempt from Kane. Play lasted approximately 30 seconds before a horn sounded indicating a check was required – one that concluded the puck had crossed the line.

Koskinen finished with 25 saves and improved to 11-1-2 in his last 14 starts. Gillies stopped 34 shots.

As we continue to build our game and get even tighter as a team in the way we play,” Kane said, “I think we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/19/devils-no-match-for-streaking-oilers/ Devils no match for Streaking Oilers

JOE HERNANDEZ

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