The Edmonton Oilers missed out on a chance to move into second place in the Pacific Division, losing 4-3 in Anaheim Wednesday night.
The Oilers opened the scoring 5:58 into the game. Shortly after Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler hit the post, Leon Draisaitl fired a rebound past Jonathan Bernier. Patrick Eaves replied for the Ducks less than two minutes later with a soft wrist shot that Cam Talbot misplayed. Connor McDavid put the Oilers back ahead 1:03 later, taking a long pass from Draisaitl and tucking a backhand behind Bernier. The Ducks again responded, with Hampus Lindholm tying it with 30.2 seconds left in the frame.
The Ducks dominated the second period, outshooting the Oilers 20-6 and getting goals from Josh Manson and Rickard Rakell. Talbot was pulled after allowing four goals on 18 shots. Brossoit stopped all 16 shots he faced.
The Oilers went on a two-man advantage with 1:14 left in the third. They pulled Brossoit to have a six-on-three. Mark Letestu converted a pass from McDavid with eight seconds left to round out the scoring.
Talbot’s shutout streak ended at 148:18. Draisaitl (1g, 1a) and McDavid (1g,2a) both extended their points streaks to five games. Letestu set a new career-high with his 15th goal of the season.
The Oilers fall to 39-25-9 on the season. They sit third in the Pacific Division, two points behind Anaheim and one point ahead of Calgary. They’ll play in Colorado on Thursday. (jrw)