Draisaitl scores OT winner in Oilers' 6-5 comeback win over Rangers

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers set a franchise record when Leon Draisaitl scored the overtime winner in a 6-5 comeback win over the New York Rangers on Friday.

The Oilers have won nine of their first 10 games for the first time in team history. Draisaitl struck 3:27 into overtime after the Oilers roared back from an early deficit.

Jesse Puljujarvi scored twice for Edmonton (9-1-0), which also got goals from Zach Hyman, Tyson Barrie and captain Connor McDavid.

Edmonton goalie Mikko Koskinen stopped 20 of 25 shot in the victory.

Mika Zibanejad scored twice and Filip Chytil, Kevin Rooney and Chris Kreider also had goals for the Rangers (6-2-3) in their second straight loss.

Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev, who got the nod ahead of usual starter Igor Shesterkin, made 33 saves in the loss.

The hosts trailing 4-1 after Zibanejad's first goal of the game at 6:56 of the second period, Puljujarvi kickstarted the comeback with a power-play goal at 14:41.

That made Edmonton the first team to score a power-play goal in each of their first 10 games to start a season since Pittsburgh in 2007-08.

The Oilers’ lethal power play struck again one minute into the third when Barrie scored on a wrist shot.

Edmonton tied the game two-and-a-half minutes later as Puljujarvi scored his second on a big rebound in front.

New York regained the lead seven minutes into the third when Zibanejad picked the corner for his second of the contest.

McDavid made it 5-5 with three minutes later with a highlight-reel goal.

The captain waltzed through four Rangers defenders before undressing Georgiev for McDavid's eighth goal of the season, which ultimately sent the game into overtime.

The Rangers started hot with a goal 1:53 into the game.

Some sloppy play by the Oilers allowed Chytil to rifle the puck past Koskinen, who had lost his stick.

Despite being outplayed for much of the opening frame, the Oilers tied it up late in the first when Hyman took a couple swings at a rebound in tight and whacked home his seventh of the season past Georgiev.

New York led 2-1 after an Oiler giveaway allowed Rooney to send a shot over Koskinen’s shoulder. The Rangers surged ahead 1:19 minutes later as Kreider scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season high to the stick side.

The Rangers made it three goals in just over four minutes on the power play as a Ryan Strome pass caromed off of Zibanejad’s skate and in.

The Rangers play their second game in as many nights in Alberta on Saturday when they face the Calgary Flames.

The Oilers, winners of four in a row, begin a five-game trip Tuesday in Detroit.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 5, 2021.

Shane Jones, The Canadian Press

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