The Toronto Maple Leafs gained their fourth in a row, dropping the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 Thursday evening at Rogers Place.
Jason Spezza gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead midway via the primary. After the Oilers turned the puck over behind their very own web, Spezza’s backhand leaked via Edmonton goaltender Mikko Koskinen. Later within the interval, Toronto ahead William Nylander scored simply as a penalty to Oilers ahead Kyle Turris expired.
LISTEN BELOW: Mikko Koskinen
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Edmonton’s James Neal had two nice possibilities to place the Oilers on the board within the second. He bought in behind the defence however his backhand was stopped by Toronto netminder Freddie Andersen. Then, on an influence play, he weaved throughout the entrance of the online however misplaced management of the puck earlier than he might flip it in.
“We had sufficient possibilities to win that recreation tonight, however you tempt destiny while you give energy play alternatives. They’re going to attain,” Oilers head coach Dave Tippett mentioned after the sport.
“You’ve bought to search out methods to win and discover methods to not lose. That’s what bothers me, is we’re making errors which can be taking away from an opportunity to win.”
LISTEN BELOW: Dave Tippett
With the Oilers on a two-man benefit late within the second, Edmonton ahead Leon Draisaitl ripped house a one-timer to attain for the fifth straight recreation. He struck once more seven minutes into the third, once more on an influence play, nudging a backhand by Andersen.
The Leafs hopped again forward 56 seconds afterward a power-play deflection by Wayne Simmonds. The Oilers got here again once more with Zack Kassian lifting a rebound over Andersen with 8:48 on the clock.
“I appreciated how we have been capable of finding methods to get again to even, however once we get it to even, we’ve bought to carry it there and maintain constructing on that,” Oilers captain Connor McDavid mentioned.
Leafs ahead Auston Matthews wired a shot house with 6:24 left for an additional power-play tally.
Nylander went off for tripping with 2:52 left, however the Oilers couldn’t tie it up.
“Penalty killing is sacrificing and getting in lanes and getting saves, and the final two targets, our gamers didn’t need to get within the lane, and we didn’t get a save, so we find yourself on the again finish of it,” Tippett mentioned. “There’s plenty of strive — I believed there was some good issues within the recreation — however finally we’re capturing ourselves within the foot.”
“I believed the third interval was fairly good minus a few penalties and a few (penalty kill) targets in opposition to,” McDavid mentioned. “(There was) a number of energy performs each methods and it was type of a bizarre recreation, however I believed our recreation wasn’t the place it wanted to be in any respect.”
LISTEN BELOW: Connor McDavid
The Leafs energy play was 2 for 4 to go to 42.8 per cent on the season.
The Oilers and Leafs will play once more Saturday evening at 8 p.m. MT.
“We’re 9 video games in, I believe we’re finished figuring it out right here. I believe we have to begin placing collectively video games,” McDavid mentioned.
–With information from 630 CHED’s Brenden Escott
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