Draisaitl scores overtime winner, Oilers erase deficit to beat Capitals

Oilers 4 Capitals 3 (OT)

EDMONTON — Leon Draisaitl had two goals, including the overtime winner, as the Edmonton Oilers erased a two-goal deficit to defeat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Thursday.

The Oilers got a three-on-one in extra time and Connor McDavid set up Draisaitl for a goal 1:18 into overtime, giving the Oilers a 5-0 record at home this season.

Draisaitl added an assist in regulation and McDavid had a goal and two helpers in total.

Darnell Nurse also scored for the Oilers (8-2-1), who snapped a two-game losing skid.

Alex Ovechkin had a pair of goals and Jakub Vrana also scored for the Capitals (7-2-3), who saw a four-game winning streak come to and end.

The Oilers ended a lengthy scoring drought which had seen them go two straight games without a goal and had lasted 165:58 overall when they found the back of the net with 6:40 left in the first period. A Nurse shot ticked off the stick of Washington defender Dmitry Orlov and past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.

The Capitals tied the game six minutes into the second period as Vrana tucked a shot under the arm of Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen.

Washington took a 2-1 lead just 47 seconds later as Ovechkin tipped in a Jonas Siegenhaler shot. Ovechkin extended his points scoring streak to nine games on the goal, as did John Carlson, giving him the longest point streak by a defenceman in team history.

Ovechkin added his second of the game and ninth of the season with six minutes left in the second period, picking the top corner on the power play.

Edmonton cut into the deficit four-and-a-half minutes later on a goal by Draisaitl. McDavid picked up an assist to end a three-game run without a point.

The Oilers got the equalizer with 1:37 remaining in the third and Koskinen on the bench for the extra attacker, as McDavid took a feed from James Neal and trickled a shot that just got past Holtby and over the line to send the game into overtime.

The Capitals play the fourth game of a five-game road trip in Vancouver on Friday, while the Oilers remain home to face the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

Notes: Veteran Oilers forward Sam Gagner played in his first game this season after starting the current campaign in the American Hockey League… Washington’s Carlson played in his 700th regular season NHL game.

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