Mike Smith Appears Hurt In First, Pulled After Giving Up Three Goals To Start Second Period
- Panthers top Oilers, extend point streak to eight games
- The Florida Panthers extended their point streak to eight games and handed the Edmonton Oilers their first home loss of the season, 6-2 at Rogers Place on Sunday.
- Aaron Ekblad, Brian Boyle and Noel Acciari scored on the first three shots of the second period for Florida (5-2-4), which is 4-0-4 in its past eight games.
- Evgenii Dadonov, Frank Vatrano and Jayce Hawryluk scored in the third period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves.
“It was a heck of a game in a lot of ways,” Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said. “I thought we had good offensive-zone time, I thought we made a lot of nice plays; good individual plays on the goals. Certainly [Bobrovsky] made some key big saves early in the game.”
- Leon Draisaitl had a goal and assist, and James Neal scored for Edmonton (8-3-1), who lost at home for the first time in six games this season.
- Oilers starter Mike Smith gave up three goals on 13 shots and was pulled at 2:36 of the second period.
- Mikko Koskinen replaced him and made 13 saves.
“It’s frustrating and a little disappointing, we got outcompeted and we didn’t have the execution. We didn’t execute near to the level Florida did and we were chasing the whole game tonight,” Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. “Our goaltending has been very good, and tonight was average. But we didn’t give our goaltenders much of a chance.”
- The three goals in the first 2:36 of the second period were the fastest three goals to start a period in Panthers history …
- Bobrovsky has a point streak of six games with Florida.
- It’s the seventh time a Florida goalie has a point streak of at least six games in his first season with the Panthers.
- Mike Vernon holds the record with an eight-game point streak in the 1999-2000 season …
- Barkov has seven assists in his past three games …
- Draisaitl and McDavid are the third set of Oilers teammates to have at least 20 points each through the first 12 games of a season.
- Each has 21 points; McDavid (six goals, 15 assists) and Draisaitl (nine goals, 12 assists).
Sources & Credits: Derek Van Diest / NHL.com, Florida Panthers, Edmonton Oilers