Drai­saitl, McDavid help Oil­ers over­power Wild

Times Colonist - - Sports - SHANE JONES

ED­MON­TON — Leon Drai­saitl scored twice and added an as­sist and Con­nor McDavid had a goal and three as­sists as the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers won their sec­ond game in a row with a 7-2 vic­tory over the Min­nesota Wild on Fri­day.

Ryan Nu­gent-Hop­kins, Zack Kas­sian, Alex Chiasson and Dar­nell Nurse also scored for the Oil­ers (15-12-2), who have won five of their last six games.

Mar­cus Foligno and Nino Nieder­re­iter replied for the Wild (15-12-2), who have lost five of their last six.

Cam Tal­bot made 31 saves to pick up back-to-back vic­to­ries af­ter drop­ping his six pre­vi­ous starts. The Oil­ers chased De­van Dub­nyk af­ter three goals on six shots. Alex Stalock made 22 saves in re­lief.

Ed­mon­ton got on the board with just its sec­ond shot, four min­utes into the game when McDavid fed it across to Drai­saitl and he made no mis­take in de­posit­ing his 14th goal of the sea­son past Dub­nyk.

The Oil­ers made it 2-0 four min­utes later when Dub­nyk couldn’t cor­ral a bounc­ing puck and Nu­gent-Hop­kins slipped it past the Wild goalie.

Ed­mon­ton scored its third goal on six shots less than a minute later when McDavid scored his 15th of the sea­son, prompt­ing the Wild to re­place Dub­nyk with Stalock.

Min­nesota got on the board just past the mid­way mark of the first pe­riod when Foligno got a screened shot past Tal­bot.

Af­ter a score­less sec­ond pe­riod, Ed­mon­ton re­gained a three-goal edge on a long-dis­tance shot by Kas­sian.

The Wild got a goal back when Nieder­re­iter tipped a puck past Tal­bot at 7:32 in the fi­nal frame.

The Oil­ers made it 5-2 mid­way through the third when McDavid set up Drai­saitl for his sec­ond goal of the game.

Ed­mon­ton padded its lead with six min­utes left when Chiasson picked the top cor­ner for his 12th of the sea­son and got its sev­enth goal from Nurse a few min­utes later.

The Oil­ers play host to the Cal­gary Flames on Sun­day, while the Wild are off un­til Tues­day when they re­turn home to face Mon­treal.

Blues 1, Jets 0

WIN­NIPEG — Jake Allen made 26 saves to record his first shutout in a year as the St. Louis Blues de­feated the Win­nipeg Jets 1-0.

Colton Parayko scored for the Blues (10-13-4) dur­ing a sec­ond­pe­riod power play. The Jets only had six shots on goal in the third pe­riod.

Allen’s last shutout was a 3-0 vic­tory over Dal­las on Dec. 7, 2017. He’s 8-7-4 in 21 games this sea­son.

Con­nor Helle­buyck made 25 saves for Jets (17-9-2), who had a sea­son-long four-game win­ning streak end.

Win­nipeg was last shut out in their fourth game of the sea­son, a 3-0 loss In Nashville on Oct. 11.

The Jets, who were start­ing a four-game home­s­tand, out­shot the Blues 13-9 in the score­less first pe­riod. Win­nipeg was 0-for-2 on the power play and St. Louis was 0-for-1.

Blues de­fence­man Robert Ber­tuzzo blocked a cou­ple of hard shots by Pa­trik Laine dur­ing a Win­nipeg power play early in the sec­ond pe­riod. Laine scored five goals in an 8-4 vic­tory over St. Louis on Nov. 24.

With Jets de­fence­man Tyler My­ers in the penalty box for trip­ping, de­fence­man Colton Parayko’s shot from the point was redi­rected off a Jets player and in.

The Blues out­shot the Jets 13-7 in the sec­ond pe­riod.

Win­nipeg had its fifth power play early in the third, but didn’t get a shot at Allen. The Blues got the pe­riod’s first shot just over six min­utes in and then the Jets had an­other power play, but didn’t put the puck on Allen.

JA­SON FRAN­SON, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Oil­ers for­ward Ryan Spooner and Wild winger Matt Hen­dricks bat­tle for the puck dur­ing first-pe­riod ac­tion in Ed­mon­ton on Fri­day.

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