McDavid and Draisaitl goals lead Oilers to Blackhawks 5-2

The Edmonton Oilers handed interim coach Derek King his first loss, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 in their regular-season game on November 20, 2021.

EDMONTON, Alta. (AP) – Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each scored a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Saturday night.

Tyson Barrie, Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan McLeod also scored for the Oilers (13-4-0), who scored four first-period goals and improved to 8-1-0 at home.

“I liked the victory. I thought we were a bit loose, especially at the start, ”McDavid said. “I liked our second period. I thought we gave them chances that we probably shouldn’t have given them, but overall I liked our game.

Alex DeBrincat scored two goals for the Blackhawks (5-10-2), who have won four in a row.

“We gave up two shorthanded players, gave them a power play, then we take another penalty and lose 5 to 3 and they score again. A good team like that, with the talent they have, you can’t do that, ”said Chicago interim coach Derek King, who suffered his first loss since replacing Jeremy Colliton.

“You can’t let it snowball, so we have to clean up some areas. “

The Oilers struck first midway through the opening period. Evan Bouchard’s point shot rebound went to McDavid, who scored his 12th of the season before Chicago goaltender Kevin Lankinen could pass. The goal extended McDavid’s point streak to 17 games.

Edmonton’s dangerous power play conceded a 5-on-3 just over a minute later as Barrie released a shot from the high lunge.

The Oilers made it 3-0 with a shorthanded goal with less than five minutes left as Seth Jones’ lost pass was picked up by Yamamoto, who beat Lankinen high on the glove side.

Edmonton continued as McLeod scored his second NHL goal with 1:28 left, showing skillful hands to score on the backhand.

Philip Broberg, who was making his NHL debut, collected one assist on the game. The 20-year-old was the eighth overall in the 2019 draft.

“He played with poise, played his game, with a lot of control,” said Oilers coach Dave Tippett. “The little things that should have been done have been done. He was solid in all of these areas and took a penalty. He played the game smart, didn’t get in trouble.

Chicago managed to pick one up with 20 seconds left in the first period as DeBrincat landed a shot just under the crossbar behind Oilers rookie Stuart Skinner, who finished with 28 saves.

The third row goalie earned his second straight victory and his third victory in the NHL.

“He played phenomenally,” said Yamamoto. “He’s been a brick wall there for us. We need him to keep having good games.”

After a scoreless second goal, the Blackhawks made it 4-2 nine minutes into the third as DeBrincat scored his second of the game and 11th of the season on a 2-on-1 shortly thereafter. the expiration of a penalty.

Edmonton sidelined the game with 3:32 left as Draisaitl scored his 18th league-leading goal on a breakaway for the second goal of the game on the shorthanded Oilers.

NOTES: Oilers defenseman Duncan Keith played his former team for the first time since being traded to Edmonton this summer. Keith played 1,192 games in 16 seasons in Chicago, winning three Stanley Cups, two Norris Trophies and a Conn Smythe Trophy. … Edmonton scored the first goal for the first time in eight games.


Blackhawks: Play Vancouver on Sunday.

Oilers: Go on a three-game road trip Tuesday in Dallas.

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