There is an old saying in sports that “good teams find different ways to win.”
The Edmonton Oilers, winners of nine of their first 10 games, found a new voice Friday night against the New York Rangers: the dramatic comeback. With a 4-1 fall at the start of the second period, the Oilers finally ended up prevailing 6-5 in overtime with a goal from Leon Draisaitl.
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“If you look at the ability we have and the speed at which we play, I think the guys knew we had a chance to do it again. I think Leon could have skated alongside one of his guys and said, ‘Wait, he’s coming over’ or something like that, ”said defender Tyson Barrie.
“We have a good vibe,” added winger Zack Kassian. “With this group, I don’t think we will ever feel offside. We feel that we can beat any team, but we can also go back in any game. “
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“Our team has been able to score at a pretty good pace this year. You recognize that you still have a chance, ”said head coach Dave Tippett.
It helps to have the revolutionary talent of Connor McDavid in the lineup. His spectacular individual effort tied the game with 2:59 left on the clock. After practice on Sunday, his teammates kept talking about it.
“Just an outrageous goal,” Barrie said.
“I’ve probably seen it two dozen times online alone since then.
“He is a special player at a great time doing what he does.”
“It’s amazing. That’s the cutest goal I’ve ever seen him score,” Kassian added. “Quite odd the way he essentially stood on the blue line and then just explained.”
The Oilers now hit the road for five games starting Tuesday in Detroit. Goalkeeper Mike Smith will make the trip, but he remains from day to day with a lower body injury.
Center Devin Shore will be out four to six weeks after sustaining a lower body injury Friday.
At Sunday’s practice, Kassian took Kailer Yamamoto’s place in a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Hyman. Yamamoto skated with Derek Ryan and Warren Foegele.
The Oilers and Red Wings will be at 630 CHED on Tuesday with the Face-off Show at 4 p.m. The game will start at 5:30 p.m.
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