Draisaitl completes Oilers overtime comeback against Panthers after Bouchard tied game in final seconds


Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid continue to make life difficult for opponents in critical times.

Draisaitl scored the overtime winner as the Edmonton Oilers cruised to a 4-3 victory at home against the Florida Panthers who suddenly collapsed on Monday.

It took just 22 seconds early in the extra session for Draisaitl to pick up a pass from McDavid and score his 13th of the season. McDavid had a goal and two assists, with the first assist coming with five seconds left in regulation on the tying goal.

« It was a little weird from our group. I thought we were a little lethargic. We talked about holding on, winning with your B and C game, » McDavid said. « We kind of stole it late.

« Leo and I love having one-on-ones. »

WATCH | Draisaitl scores the winner in OT:

Oilers rally late to edge Panthers with Draisaitl overtime winner

After Evan Bouchard tied the game with 5 seconds left in regulation, Leon Draisaitl scored in overtime to give Edmonton a 4-3 victory over Florida.

Tyson Barrie and Evan Bouchard also scored while Zach Hyman had three assists for the Oilers (12-10-0) who came from behind to win two straight games.

« You don’t want to get into that situation too much, but when we are, we have a lot of confidence that we can just keep playing our game, stick to it and come away with a point or two, » Draisaitl said. « We’ve played two pretty solid games here. »

WATCH | Bouchard equalizes with 5 seconds left:

Oilers’ Bouchard ties the game with 5 seconds left in regulation

Edmonton defenseman Evan Bouchard scores against the Panthers with 5 seconds left in regulation time and sends the game into overtime.

Stuart Skinner made 25 saves in the win.

Matthew Tkachuk, with a goal and an assist, Anton Lundell and Brandon Montour answered for the Panthers (10-8-4) who have lost five of their last six games. Spencer Knight stopped 36 of 40 shots.

Florida head coach Paul Maurice called the McDavid-Draisaitl combination deadly.

« They are two dynamic players, they have a lot to deal with. They equalized the game and then won it for them, » he said. « Our goalkeeper was fantastic tonight. We found a way to regain the lead. It’s hard to lose because they score with five seconds left.

« The fight was there, but we know we can do better. »

The Panthers only needed 3:49 to open the scoring. Tkachuk caught a pass that deflected off Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse and passed it past Skinner after receiving a few hits on the puck for his 10th of the season.

Edmonton had a great chance minutes later when forward Mattias Janmark deflected a Barrie shot into Knight’s legs, but the puck fizzled before crossing the goal line and Knight was able to crash into it .

The Oilers appeared to have tied the game seven minutes into the second period as Hyman put his own rebound behind Knight, but the goal was ruled out after officials determined he kicked the puck into the net after a quick review.

Hyman helped catch up shortly after the power play, sending a pass more than half the length of the ice to McDavid on a breakaway. He beat Knight with a backhand shot following a deke for his 17th of the season.

Edmonton took the lead at 5:18 of the third period as Brett Kulak’s shot bounced off Hyman to the pinch stick from Barrie, who scored his fourth goal.

Florida tied the game at 10:58 of the third period as Lundell finished a nice three-game passing game by deflecting a pass from Sam Reinhart at home, pushing their scoring streak to three games.

The Panthers regained the lead with 4:44 to go after a mad dash up front on the power play that saw the puck come back to Montour, who sent it back into the top corner. Edmonton challenged the play, saying Tkachuk knocked the puck down with a high stick on the play, but the goal counted.

With just five seconds left in regulation, Bouchard fired a desperate shot from the slot and beat Knight on the stick side for his third of the season.



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