Draisaitl scores four points as the Oilers defeat Kraken to win 12 games in a row
The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Seattle Kraken 4-2 at Rogers Place on Thursday, extending their franchise record with a goal and three assists from Leon Draisaitl.
With two goals, two assists, and a goal from Zach Hyman, the Oilers (25-15-1) tied the record for the longest winning streak by a Canadian team in NHL history with two assists from Evander Kane. Stuart Skinner stopped 25 shots.
The coach of Edmonton, Kris Knoblauch, stated, “We don’t talk about the streak very much, if at all.” “I’m not sure what they talk about when I leave the room, but I don’t think they do. I think what we talk about, we look at, we think about is where we are in the standings (third in the Pacific Division).”
“We lose a few games, we’re out of the playoff picture. We win a few more games, maybe we’re looking at home-ice advantage. That’s what we’re focused on right now, just trying to climb the standings as much as we can.”
The Kraken (19-17-9) came in winning the first three games of a six-game road trip, but dropped the next three. Eeli Tolvanen and Jared McCann scored, while Joey Daccord made 32 saves.
“As you get into these trips, the start of them is so important,” Seattle head coach Dave Hakstol stated. “. “[Three wins and three losses] is not what we wanted, and if you could get one of these last games, either in New York (5-2 loss at the Rangers on Tuesday) or tonight, you walk away feeling like it’s a really successful good road trip. We weren’t able to do that. That’s disappointing.”
“Our first 20 (minutes) was good, [but] obviously the first 10 minutes of the second period was what cost us. We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be and obviously gave up too much in that time span. We did push back after that, but we weren’t able to capitalize on what was a good start.”
In the first session, Tolvanen gave Seattle a 1-0 lead at 9:49. After Connor McDavid turned the puck over while trying to spin-o-rama in front of the Kraken net, Oliver Bjorkstrand put Tolvanen on a breakaway.
At 13:32, McCann made it 2-0 when he beat Skinner between the circles after receiving a pass from Jordan Eberle.
“It was a great start; we kind of got them back on their heels a little bit, but we have to finish the game,”, McCann said. “It’s great to start that way, but you have to finish.
“We gave them too much. We have to realize that sometimes you just have to play [defense], especially against a team like that. It’s a learning experience for us.”
Just 37 seconds into the second half, Foegele scored on a rebound at the left dot to trim the lead to 2-1.
At 4:38, on a power play, Draisaitl tied the score 2-2 with a rebound after Hyman’s attempt from the slot missed the goal post.
At 7:38, Foegele scored a breakaway goal to put Edmonton ahead 3-2 thanks to a feed from Draisaitl.
“I am happy we got the win,” Foegele remarked. . “This group just keeps battling back, and we were super calm. Hopefully we can continue this.”
“It was a huge divisional opponent. We are clawing back and so are they, so it is good that we got the win. We have another big matchup against Calgary (on Saturday). I think as a group it is cliché, but you just take it day by day. We are a confident group right now and we need to continue that.”
At 18:08, Alex Wennberg believed he had knotted the score for the Kraken, but the Oilers were able to successfully contest that Seattle forward Kailer Yamamoto was offside before the goal.
At 17:22 of the third quarter, Hyman scored with a backdoor tap-in during a prolonged power play to give the team a 4-2 victory.