Draisaitl, McDavid power Oilers to win
Leon Draisaitl scored twice and Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists, leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night in Edmonton, Alberta.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zack Kassian, Alex Chiasson and Darnell Nurse also scored for the Oilers (15-122), who have won five of six. Draisaitl also had an assist on Nurse’s goal in the third period.
Cam Talbot made 31 saves to earn back-to-back victories after dropping his six previous starts.
The Wild (15-12-2) lost for the fifth time in six games. Marcus Foligno and Nino Niederreiter scored, and Alex Stalock made 22 stops in relief of an ineffective Devan Dubnyk.
Edmonton got on the board on its second shot when McDavid fed Draisaitl for his 14th goal of the season 4:14 into the first.
The fifth-place Oilers have 32 points, one point behind the Sharks and Golden Knights, who are tied for third in the Pacific Division.
Wild captain Mikko Koivu was unable to play after taking a knee-onknee hit from Mark Giordano in their game Thursday against the Calgary Flames. Giordano was suspended for two games by NHL for the hit.
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