Ducks no match for Connor McDavid in 6-1 loss to Oilers

Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists to extend his scoring streak to 13 games, Leon Draisaitl scored his 50th goal and had 100 points for the season, and the Edmonton Oilers won their fourth straight game with a 6-1 win over the Ducks Sunday at the Honda Center.

Tyson Barrie and Brett Kulak each had one goal and two assists, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had one goal and one assist, Jesse Puljujarvi scored one goal and Mike Smith made 31 saves. The Oilers, one game in hand, drew within a point of Los Angeles for second place in the Pacific Division and play the Kings on Thursday.

“We developed a game plan where everyone puts in a full 60 minutes, and I thought it would be a full 60-minute effort for our team,” said Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft. “That’s positive.”

It was the first away win for the Oilers since beating Philadelphia on March 1.

“We were really good at home and of course we wanted to take that to the street and tonight was a great, great test for us and I think we handled it really well,” said Draisaitl.

Zach Aston-Reese spoiled Smith’s shutout bid by scoring 3:16 in the thirds for Anaheim, and John Gibson made 40 saves. The Ducks have lost 12 of their last 13 games and were surpassed 19-9 when they were defeated in the three-game season series.

“I’d love to come here and say, ‘Boy, we lacked effort’ or ‘We lacked this or that’. It’s our third game in four nights and I thought our boys gave as much as You could.” said Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins.

McDavid made it 2-0 at 8:58 in the first and grabbed five seconds on a power play to add 40 goals for a third time, joining Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Glenn Anderson with three or more such seasons for Edmonton . Gretzky did it nine times, Kurri seven times, and Anderson four times.

Puljujarvi tucked his sharp shot under the bar to give Edmonton a 4-0 lead at 4:15 in the second minute, with McDavid providing the primary assist for his ninth game by three or more points this season. He has 11 goals and 15 assists in his last 13 games, with 11 multipoint games in that span.

“We immediately imposed our game and as the game progressed we certainly put more and more time in the offensive zone and were rewarded,” Woodcroft said.

Draisaitl reached the 50-goal mark by burying a one-timer at 3:58 in the third to go 6-1. He is the fourth player with multiple seasons with 50 goals for the Oilers after Gretzky (8), Kurri (4) and Anderson (2).

“For me there are three top players in the game and then there is a big split. And they have two of them,” Eakins said of Draisaitl and McDavid.

It was also Draisaitl’s 100th point of the campaign, hitting that threshold for the third time. He had 110 points in 2019-20 and 105 in 2018-19.

“We have such a selfless group out there, it’s just fun to be a part of,” said Draisaitl.

Not happy

With Ducks forward Troy Terry unavailable with an upper-body injury he sustained in a scrum with Arizona’s Jay Beagle on Friday, the Eakins and Anaheim players were still upset by how Beagle was acting. Beagle dropped his gloves, which Terry, who leads Anaheim with 31 goals and 57 points, never did.

“I think there’s a line that shouldn’t be crossed, and I think that line has been crossed,” Aston-Reese said.

Eakins said Terry “looks like he was in a car accident” and is still being investigated.

“If you want to fight, fight in your weight class,” Eakins said. “Fight someone face to face. Don’t prey on the experienced and exciting players our league is trying to promote.” Ducks no match for Connor McDavid in 6-1 loss to Oilers

Andrew Schnitker

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