Smith, Draisaitl lift Oilers past Penguins in overtime
- Mike Smith made 52 saves and Leon Draisaitl scored at 2:37 of overtime for the Edmonton Oilers in a 2-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.
- Draisaitl scored on a breakaway, holding off Alex Galchenyuk before shooting by Matt Murray’s blocker for his 13th goal this season.
- Colby Cave scored for the Oilers (10-4-1), who have won two straight games after losing four of their previous five (1-3-1).
- Brian Dumoulin scored a shorthanded goal and Murray made 27 saves for Pittsburgh (8-5-1), which has lost four of six games (2-3-1) since a five-game winning streak.
- Pittsburgh is 14-0-4 against Edmonton during an 18-game point streak since a 3-1 regulation loss on Jan. 10, 2006.
- Dumoulin scored on a snap shot under Smith’s glove with Penguins defenseman John Marino in the penalty box, tying it 1-1 at 13:14 of the third period. It was his first shorthanded goal in 329 NHL games.
- Cave put the Oilers ahead 1-0 with his first goal of the season, and fourth in 59 NHL games, at 7:21 of the first period.
- Connor McDavid and the Oilers won for the first time in seven games against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.
- Edmonton was 0-3-3 in the previous six meetings with McDavid and Crosby playing.
- McDavid and Crosby each were held without a point.
- Penguins center Evgeni Malkin returned after missing 11 games with a lower-body injury. He had six shots on goal.
- Draisaitl, who has 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists), is the first Oilers player to score at least 13 goals through the first 15 games of a season since Wayne Gretzky scored 13 in 15 games to start the 1987-88 season.
- He is also the first Oilers player to have at least 26 points in the first 15 games of a season since Mark Messier began the 1989-90 season with 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists). …
- Edmonton forward Riley Sheahan did not play after sustaining an undisclosed injury in the first period of a 4-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. …
- Cave played fourth-line center after being recalled from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Friday. …
- Penguins center Evgeni Malkin returned after missing 11 games with a lower-body injury.
- He had six shots on goal and two takeaways. …
- The Penguins had a full lineup for the first time this season. In addition to Malkin, Dumoulin (lower body) and forwards Bryan Rust (upper body), Jared McCann (lower body), Nick Bjugstad (lower body) and Galchenyuk (lower body) have also returned from injury. …
- The Penguins did not score on five power plays.
- They are 0-for-19 with the man advantage in their past eight games.
Sources & Credits: Wes Crosby / NHL.com, EDM Oilers, PIT Penguins
NHL Highlights | Oilers vs. Penguins – Nov. 2, 2019
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