Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers opened their eight-game homestand with a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
“Playoff time is definitely upon us,” said McDavid. “You know everyone’s kind of fightin’ for it, so definitely big to get the first two points here at home. Definitely not a perfect game, we made some mistakes, and it nearly cost us but we found a way to win.”
McDavid opened the scoring with a spectacular goal 1:41 into the game. He blazed down the left wing past two Detroit defenders, cut in front, and tucked a backhand behind Petr Mrazek.
Anthony Mantha replied for the Detroit, but Zack Kassian made it 2-1 Oilers with a deflection goal with 22 seconds left in the frame. David Desharnais earned an assist on the play, his first point in his first game with the Oilers.
The second period was scoreless, though the Oilers had several good chances and outshot the Wings 15-5.
Jordan Eberle struck for his 14th of the season 6:58 into the third. Darren Helm replied, beating Cam Talbot on a breakaway with 9:34 left. Patrick Maroon restored Edmonton’s two-goal lead with 6:58 left. Dylan Larkin rounded out the scoring with 35 seconds left, as the Wings couldn’t mount any pressure in the dying seconds.
“Glad the way we stuck with it; I think practice paid off a little bit,” said head coach Todd McLellan. “Some of the things we worked on showed up in the game, and we’ll get another couple days and get ready for another tough game.”
The Oilers outshot the Wings 38-25. Adam Larsson had two assists. The Oilers improve to 35-22-8. They’ll host the New York Islanders on Tuesday. (jrw)