The Toronto Maple Leafs scored three goals in the second period on the way to a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night at Rogers Place.
With the loss the Oilers have lost three in a row, after winning three straight and Connor McDavid said the highs and lows are frustrating.
“When we’re on those highs we’re clicking and pucks find the way into the net, but when we’re on these lows it’s stupid mistakes that we keep making that are costing us the game. So it’s just baring down at all times.”
Auston Matthews opened the scoring 5:45 into the game, converting a cross-ice pass from William Nylander.
The Leafs dominated the second period, going up 2-0 on an early goal by James van Riemsdyk after the Oilers got crossed up on their defensive coverage. Andrej Sekera lifted the Oilers to within a goal when his point shot got through Frederik Andersen, but just 1:10 later Nazem Kadri took advantage of a turnover to make it 3-1 Toronto.
The Oilers had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:05 later in the period but couldn’t convert. Zach Hyman made it 4-1 shortly after the Leafs killed off the penalties.
Connor McDavid rounded out the scoring in the third, blazing in around the defence and lifting a shot over Andersen’s shoulder. McDavid had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to six games. Milan Lucic had an assist to run his point streak to five games.
Lucic said his team needs to come onto the ice with more intensity.
“Kinda creating that emotion early before the puck drops, and as the season goes on games mean more and more and hopefully we can learn our lesson that we need to bring the right kind of emotion right off the start.”
The Oilers were 0/6 on the power play. Cam Talbot was pulled after the second period, allowing four goals on 14 shots. Jonas Gustavsson stopped all seven shots he faced in the third.
Head coach Todd McLellan said the power play wasn’t the only reason for the loss, but it was a contributing factor.
“We had nine minutes, couple minutes five on three, we ended up with six shots on goal and we won more face offs than we lost, so we were in their end. To fine, to cute, to slow to shoot, not working real hard to get secondary chances once the shot was blocked, it just wasn’t very good.”
The Oilers fall to 12-10-2 on the season. They’ll visit Winnipeg on Thursday. (jrw)