(Edmonton) Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl totaled 11 points and the Edmonton Oilers won an offensive festival 8-5 against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.
McDavid had one goal and four assists while Draisaitl had six assists. The German forward stopped with just one assist of the NHL record in this regard, held by Wayne Gretzky and Billy Taylor.
In his first NHL game, Stuart Skinner allowed five goals on 38 shots, but still got the win for the Oilers, who have won their last two outings.
Goalkeeper Matt Murray’s working night was a bit shorter. He gave in three times in nine shots before being replaced by Marcus Hogberg in the first twenty. In relief, the Swede blocked 17 pucks.
Two-time James Neal, Dominik Kahun, Kailer Yamamoto, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Tyson Barrie and Darnell Nurse put the needle on for the Edmonton team, who scored five goals in the first period.
Brady Tkachuk, Austin Watson, Tim Stützle, Drake Batherson and Colin White replied for the Senators, who suffered a sixth straight loss.
The Oilers got the ball rolling in the eighth second of the game. Draisaitl sent the disc to the enemy zone and passed it on to Kahun, who unleashed a net shot. The puck hit Senators forward Josh Norris before stealing Murray’s vigilance.
Things didn’t improve after that, and the Oilers took a 5-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. The Senators didn’t recover.