Nazem Kadri scored twice, including the winner 12 seconds into overtime, as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 at the Air Canada Centre.
After winning the centre ice face-off in overtime, Kadri took a long pass from Morgan Rielly and outmuscled Connor McDavid on the way to deking Cam Talbot.
The Oilers outshot the Leafs 46-31.
Kadri opened the scoring just 1:29 into the game. Anton Lander replied with 30.3 seconds left in the first, snapping in a pass from Tyler Pitlick with Frederik Andersen caught out of the net. It was Pitlick’s first career assist.
Ben Smith gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead 3:14 into the second. The Oilers pulled even again with 11:22 left in the third when Darnell Nurse’s point shot ticked in off Andersen’s glove.
Nurse says they know what they need to do.
“We shot the puck a lot tonight. We found ourselves with a lot of chances, so, we just got to keep doing that and the puck will go back in the net. There in the second we gave up a little too much, and we just got to clean that up.”
Head Coach Todd McLellan says for the most part they were doing the right thing: putting the puck on net.
“I liked our attack mentality until about the last ten minutes of the game after we tied it; we didn’t want to shoot the puck anymore. That kind of slowed things down for us, but if we kept that same shooting mentality we would have had a better opportunity at winning it.”
The Oilers are 7-2-1 on the season. Game two of their five-game road trip is Thursday against the New York Rangers. (jrw)