EDMONTON — Leon Draisaitl had a goal and four assists, and Connor McDavid had two goals and two assists for the Edmonton Oilers in their fifth straight win, 7-4 against the Nashville Predators at Rogers Place on Tuesday.
Evander Kane scored a hat trick and Jack Campell made 19 saves for the Oilers (7-3-0).
McDavid leads the NHL with 11 goals and 22 points; Draisaitl is second with 21 points and leads the league with 16 assists. …
“I found it really good offensively,” said Draisaitl. “Sometimes in a game like that, when you go forward with three or four goals early on, sometimes those games can be difficult because of course you just slow down. They’re a good team who can score goals and play games, but I thought we did a pretty good job.”
Philip Forsberg had a goal and two assists, Michael Granlund, Matt Duchene and Roman Josi each had two assists and Hair in saros made 30 saves for the Predators (3-6-1), who lost seven out of eight.
“[Draisaitl and McDavid] are two of the top players in this league and I think we gave them a little too much space, especially at the beginning,” Forsberg said. “If we give these guys time, they will take advantage of it and that’s about it .” sometimes a little too easy for them. You can’t give anyone too much time in this league, but especially these guys.”
Video: Evander Kane scores his 5th career hat trick
Mathias Ekholm scored the first shot of the game 34 seconds into the first period to give Nashville a 1-0 lead.
Kane leveled it 1-1 at 4:14, converting a backhand center pass from Draisaitl off the right boards. The two combined again at 7:25 to make it 2-1, with Draisaitl finding Kane in front with a pass from the corner.
McDavid made it 3-1 at 7:51, holding the puck in a hurry and shooting it between Saros’ pads.
“I thought we had a really good first half, we fought well after they scored early,” Kane said. “In the second half we traded power play goals. In the third we knew we had to come out and check, we knew we had enough goals to win, we wanted to make sure we could handle their pressure and make sure we were pushed back. We held out all night and got the two points.”
Derek Ryan scored his first goal of the season at 14:58 to give Edmonton a 4-1 lead. He typed as he passed Tyson Barrie from the side of the net.
McDavid scored on the power play at 7:26 of the second period to make it 5:1. He took the puck after a clean faceoff win from Draisaitl and fired from the slot over Saros’ shoulder.
“We need to get better together at different stages of the game,” said Predators coach John Hynes. “They are two dynamic players and they made some good plays and got back into the game straight away with skill. You sure had a good night tonight.”
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Ryan Johansen in the power play to 5:2 to the score of 9:28, he deflected a pass from Josi.
Forsberg scored 4:51 in the third half to make it 5:3 by hitting a cross-ice pass from Duchene.
“After we scored, they came back and took those three quick goals and turned the game around,” said Saros. “We tried to come back, but today it wasn’t enough.
Draisaitl scored 8:55 on the power play and converted a center pass Ryan Nugent Hopkins to 6: 3.
“At 5-3 it would have been nice to kill that penalty but it’s hard they have five elite players out there; two of the best in the world and the others aren’t that bad in this unit either,” said Forsberg. “I thought the killers did a great job all night but you can’t stop them when you take that many penalties. That was something that we sort of shot ourselves in the foot with when we came back.”
Nino Niederreiter scored for an extra fielder on a 6-on-4 power play with Saros on the bench to level it 6-4 at 17:10, and Kane hit a blank at 18:23 for the 7-4 final Network.
“I think if you look at the goals we’ve given up, there are a few things we can do better,” said Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft. “One of them was a 6v4, but there are things we can do better. But I keep coming back to the fact the team is 7-3 but we realize we’re not perfect, we have areas that we need to be in and get better [penalty kill] is definitely one of them.”
REMARKS: In 21 games against the Predators, Draisaitl has 30 points (20 goals, 10 assists). He has five five-point games under his belt, ranking fifth among active players Yevgeny Malkin (eight), McDavid (seven), Sydney Crosby (six) and Brad Marchand (six). …McDavid has five multipoint games in the first 10 games of the season. … Kane has five NHL hat-tricks. … Duchene had his 400th NHL assist.
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