Jack Campbell made 35 saves when the Toronto Maple Leafs dropped the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 Tuesday night at Rogers Place.

The Oilers have lost six in a row. The last five have been at home.

“I think the most frustrating part of the whole thing is that if you look at the last three or four games, I think we played in better stretches than the teams we played against,” Oilers forward Colton Sceviour said after the game. match.

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The teams traded chances during the first period. Leon Draisaitl had a sure goal on his post after receiving a pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but his shot went through the area and deflected with Campbell out of position. The Leafs took the lead in the last minute of the first when Auston Matthews scored on the power play.

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“Even when we played well, we ended up conceding a goal and we ended up low and you can’t play from behind, especially with several goals against good teams,” Sceviour said.

The Oilers have allowed the first goal in 15 of their last 18 games.

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It took the Leafs nearly nine minutes to get their first shot on goal of the second period, but they made it count when Wayne Simmonds put the puck behind Mikko Koskinen. TJ Brodie made it 3-0 when his point shot drifted off Connor McDavid’s post.

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“As a group, we have to be professionals,” Sceviour said of the greasers’ downfall. “A lot of guys have played a lot of hockey and we have to understand that things will come and go and once we get out, we will laugh at this stage later.”

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The Oilers finally broke 5:26 in the third when Colton Sceviour rapped in his first of the season. However, Morgan Rielly answered for the Leafs only 1:07 later. Matthews struck again late in the third.

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“You get good momentum and you make a major mistake and it’s at the bottom of our net,” Warren Foegele said. “We just have to toughen up and commit ourselves as a group to play tighter in the (defensive) zone.”

Head coach Dave Tippett was not on the bench for what the Oilers called precautionary reasons. Associate coach Jim Playfair confirmed Tippet tested positive for COVID-19 after the game. Earlier in the day, forward Ryan McLeod was placed on COVID protocol.

“I think the players responded very well,” Playfair said of the Oilers after the game. “We will figure out a way to maintain momentum within the coaching staff and obviously we will be in contact with (Tippett) every day and work with each other as much as we can.”

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“It’s not ideal, but we have a responsibility to figure out how to get two points,” Playfair said.

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The Oilers, 16-11, host Columbus on Thursday.

–With files from Brenden Escott from 630 CHED

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