Connor McDavid scored the only goal in the shooting that gave the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators at Rogers Place on Thursday night.
Oilers goalkeeper Mikko Koskinen halted all three shooters he encountered in the shootout, including a “scorpion” shot on Matt Duchene.
“I think he actually lost the puck, so I do not believe they would have called it a goal anyway,” Koskinen said after the game.
“It’s make-or-break points in the game,” Evan Bouchard said of Koskinen’s effort.
“These are big savings. He has done a lot this season, especially the last few games. “
For the eleventh consecutive game, the Oilers conceded the first goal of the game. Filip Forsberg bounced a shot past Koskinen just past the five-minute mark.
McDavid equalized in the last minute of the first. He grabbed the shooter at his own point, stormed through the neutral zone, drove to the left and slid a shot under Nashville net keeper Juuse Saros.
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Nashville regained the lead in the second when Duchene shot his 21st. The Oilers responded when Bouchard’s point shot hit past Saros.
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After a pointless third, the teams exchanged great chances in overtime. Oilers defender Darnell Nurse drilled a one-off off the post.
Koskinen denied Predators defender Roman Josi, who had a chance from a point.
McDavid was the second shooter in the shootout for the Oilers. He made several sloping blankets before lifting a forehand past Saros.
“It was a good move,” Nurse joked after the game. “I have seen more beautiful in practice.”
The Oilers have won three games in a row. During the match, they confirmed the signing of free agent forward Evander Kane.
“He’s big, strong (and) of course he has a physical presence,” Nurse said of Kane. “He is prepared to fight anyone, and at the same time he gets the shooter in the right place and it is in the back of the net.
“With the passers-by and playmakers we have in the team, adding it to the group makes it our team better.”
Koskinen made 28 saves. Saros finished with 44.
The Oilers (21-16-2) play Saturday in Montreal.
–With files from Brenden Escott, 630 CHED
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