The Edmonton Oilers rallied in the third period to a wild 6-5 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night at Rogers Place.
The teams combined for five goals in the first period, with Ducks defender Kevin Shattenkirk starting just after the five-minute mark. Zack Kassian took advantage of a pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the first of the season.
With just over five minutes to go in the first, Mike Smith made a great save over Trevor Zegras. The Oilers quickly traded the puck to Connor McDavid, who beat Anthony Stolarz on five holes on a breakaway. Just 15 seconds later, Sam Steel beat Smith from an acute angle to make it 2-2. The Ducks took two penalties on the same play in the last minute of the period. McDavid set up Leon Draisaitl for a while, and the Oilers were up 3-2.
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The Ducks struck twice at 1:13 in the middle of the second. Nic Deslauriers beat Smith’s blocker, then Steel cut up front and slipped in his second of the night.
Smith left the game with 8:25 left in the second, having allowed four goals on 15 shots.
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Kassian hit on the power play early in the third, redirecting a power play pass from Evan Bouchard. Then Bouchard put the Oilers ahead with a rare goal. From the corner of the right wing, he pushed the puck into the duck net. He scored Stolarz’s left skate and slipped into the net.
Koskinen made his best save of the night late in the third, firing the right platform to stop Adam Henrique with Stolarz on the bench for an extra hitter. Draisaitl scored an empty netter with 1:01 left. Shattenkirk registered a late goal to complete the score.
Koskinen stopped 20 of 21 shots to get the victory.
The Oilers, 3-0, will visit the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.
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