Evander Kane had a hat-trick, Connor McDavid added two goals and two assists, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Nashville Predators 7-4 on Tuesday night.
Leon Draisaitl finished with a goal and four assists, while Derek Ryan also scored for the Oilers (7-3-0), who won five straight games.
Draisaitl has 21 points from 10 games while McDavid leads the league with 22 points
“It was good, of course we were paid to do it to produce offensively,” said Draisaitl. “With that in mind, we’re here to win the championship and take a look at the big picture.
“He (McDavid) and I received our awards and it’s nice and we’re proud of it, but we want a big reward. This is a good start for us as a group, which is much more important. ”
Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Nino Niederreiter all scored for the Predators (3-6-1), who have lost two in a row and seven of the last eight.
“The first period was sort of where we lost it,” said Forsberg, who was asked about the game by McDavid and Draisaitel. “They are the two best players in the league and I think we gave them a bit too much space, especially in the beginning.
“When we give these guys time, they’ll take advantage of it, and sometimes it was too easy for them. You can’t give anyone in this league too much time, but especially these guys.
Nashville scored just 34 seconds after the game as a pass bounced off the skates and in the net to defend the club, but the rebound went straight to Ekholm who scored an easy goal.
Edmonton scored three goals in just over seven minutes. Edmonton equalized 4:14 and Draisaitl extended his points streak to a five-game long pass to Kane who defeated Predators goalkeeper Juuse Sarosa.
Three minutes later, Draisaitl sent an over-the-net pass to Kane, who scored the puck through the traffic, scoring his second goal of the competition and fourth of the season.
Just 26 seconds late, McDavid scored Saros in the leg for his 10th place in the league of the season.
The Oilers hit 4-1 5 minutes before the end of the first period when Tyson Barrie sent a backhand paint pass for Ryan.
Edmonton added a 7:26 power-play goal in the second leg as McDavid picked the top corner for his second game and the 11th goal in 10 games.
Nashville scored their own goal midway through the second leg as Johansen defeated Roman Josi’s shot, beating Jack Campbell for the fourth time this year.
The Predators made it interesting five minutes past three in Forsberg’s one-off, making him 5-3.
The Oilers responded with another target in the form of power-play. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins moved the needle to Draisaitel, who scored his fifth goal of the season.
Nashville scored another goal in the power game after bouncing off the Niederreiter. The Predators pulled Saros, which allowed Draisaitl to feed Kane his fifth career hat-trick.
The Oilers have been leading 8-0-1 in their last nine games against Nashville, conceding 13 times directly to the Predators. … McDavid scored his 250th career goal on Tuesday and recorded his fifth multipoint game of the season. … Predator Matt Duchene scored his 400th career assist. … The only player who dropped out of the game was Predator Mark Borowiecki (upper body).
IN THE FUTURE
Nashville: Calgary Flames on Thursday.
Edmonton: Host the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.
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This story was originally published November 1, 2022 10:28 PM.