Saturday, June 10, 2023

Draisaitl, Bouchard help Oilers rally past Flames, end seven-game losing skid

EDMONTON — Leon Draisitl had two goals and two assists and Evan Bouchard had two goals as the Edmonton Oilers came from behind to snap a seven-game losing skid, rallying to defeat the Calgary Flames 5-3 on Saturday.

Brendan Perlini also scored for the Oilers (19-16-2), who were in desperate need for a win, having gone 2-11-2 in their previous 15 games. Connor McDavid chipped in with two assists.

Mikko Koskinen was solid in the Edmonton net, making 44 saves.

Matthew Tkachuk, Milan Lucic and Noah Hanifin replied for the Flames (18-12-6), who are 3-8-1 in their last 12 games. Hanifin added two assists. Goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 26-of-30 shots.

As has come to be expected, Edmonton allowed the game’s first goal. It came 8:29 into the first period as Tkachuk lifted a rebound over Koskinen’s leg to tie for the team lead with his 18th goal of the season. It was the 15th time in the last 16 contests _ and the 24th in the last 28 games _ that the Oilers have allowed the first goal.

The Flames made it 2-0 with a power-play goal scored with just 41 seconds remaining in the opening frame as Lucic was able to tip a Hanifin shot through the Oiler goalie’s legs.

Edmonton got on the board 5:35 into the second period as a Bouchard blast from the point on the power play beat Markstrom. McDavid earned an assist to avoid going pointless for four games in a row for the first time in his career.

Bouchard picked the top corner for his second power-play goal of the game midway through the middle period to knot the game 2-2.

The Oilers surged in front with 1:42 left in the second as Perlini beat Markstrom with a long wrist shot, however the Flames erased that lead less than a minute later on an even longer shot from Hanifin.

Edmonton went up 4-3 with 5:31 left in the third period as Draisaitl showed tremendous patience in waiting for Markstrom to go down before sending home his 27th goal of the season.

Draisitl added an empty netter with one second to play.

The Flames are back at it on Monday as they host the St. Louis Blues, while the Oilers are off until Tuesday when they travel to Vancouver to face the Canucks.

NOTES: It was the first meeting between the heated provincial rivals since Oct. 16, a game won 5-2 by Edmonton with Oilers goalie Mike Smith making 45 saves? The Flames were without Tyler Pitlick (undisclosed) and Tyler Parsons (ankle)? Edmonton’s injury woes were more pronounced, missing Mike Smith (thumb), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (lower body), Zach Hyman (COVID protocol), Zack Kassian (non-COVID-19 illness) and Tyson Barrie (upper body).

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