Koskinen stops 26 shots, Oilers blank Devils 4-0

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers didn't need their top line in full force to beat the New Jersey Devils.

Alex Chiasson had a goal and an assist and Mikko Koskinen made 26 saves as the Oilers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over the Devils on Friday night.

Leon Draisaitl, Gaetan Haas and James Neal also scored for the Oilers (11-5-2), who improved to 6-2-1 at home. Draisaitl and Connor McDavid were held to a point apiece after having to carry much of the load for the bulk of the season thus far.

''There were some guys who got on the board that were excited to do so,'' Oilers head coach Dave Tippett said. ''The other three lines really had an impact with their work in the game. That was a good part of it being a team win.''

Chiasson was relieved to finally be a contributor, getting his first goal of the season after netting 22 for the Oilers last year.

''Contributions from different guys,'' he said. ''I've said this time and time again: when you have guys on any given night coming in and pulling on the rope, that's what is going to make this team dangerous.''

The Devils (4-7-4) have lost two straight.

''It's a hard league and especially on the road you have to find your game early,'' Devils forward Taylor Hall said. ''Any kind of let up and a couple of bad shifts and it ends up in the back of your net.

''I thought we had some good sustained periods of time where we played well and probably maybe deserved a goal or two. But that can happen, especially on the road, especially against a team that are playing pretty dangerous right now and we didn't seem to have an answer for that in the second period.''

There was no scoring in the first period, with the best chance going to New Jersey. Taylor Hall rang a shot off the post behind Koskinen on a breakaway with nine minutes left in the first.

Edmonton got on the board two minutes into the second period when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sent Draisaitl in on a breakaway and he scored on a back-handed shot past Devils goalie Cory Schneider.

With his 14th goal of the season, Draisaitl extended his points streak to eight games. Oilers defenseman Joel Persson also picked up his first NHL point on the play.

The Oilers added to their lead with four minutes left in the second. Haas tipped home a shot from the point by Matt Benning.

Just 66 seconds later it was 3-0. Neal picked up the rebound off a shot by Persson in front and scored his 12th goal of the season.

The Oilers got a power-play goal six minutes into the third period as Chiasson tipped a Nugent-Hopkins shot past Schneider.

NOTES: It was the second and final game between the clubs this season, with Edmonton winning the first 4-3 in a shootout. ... Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen left the game with a first-period injury and did not return. ... The game featured five of the last 10 first-overall picks in the NHL in Connor McDavid, Jack Hughes, Nugent-Hopkins, Hall and Nico Hischier. ... The Oilers got a pair of forwards back from injury in Riley Sheahan and Josh Archibald. ... Jesper Bratt returned from an upper-body injury for the Devils.

UP NEXT

Devils: Finish a five-game trip at Vancouver on Sunday.

Oilers: Start a two-game trip at Anaheim on Sunday.

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STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Boqvist C00-100/0010:061
J. Bratt RW00-100/0012:490
W. Butcher D00-100/0022:380
B. Coleman LW00021/2212:333
A. Greene D00000/0021:250
N. Gusev LW00040/0013:470
T. Hall LW00030/0019:391
N. Hischier C00024/10016:481
J. Hughes C00017/9216:331
M. Mueller D00-200/0020:244
K. Palmieri RW00030/0016:241
D. Severson D00-100/0024:121
W. Simmonds RW00-230/2019:112
P. Subban D00-270/0224:361
S. Vatanen D00000/0002:430
M. Wood LW00-210/0014:160
P. Zacha C00-116/4012:010
T. Zajac C00-225/6014:392
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Archibald RW00010/0015:122
E. Bear D00040/0020:010
M. Benning D01110/0016:462
A. Chiasson RW11150/0213:540
L. Draisaitl LW10138/2018:491
M. Granlund LW00100/0011:470
G. Haas C10126/3008:570
Z. Kassian RW00110/0015:550
J. Khaira LW00000/0014:162
O. Klefbom D00200/0223:231
C. McDavid C01034/4019:170
J. Neal LW10120/1013:241
R. Nugent-Hopkins C02222/7018:320
D. Nurse D00030/0220:253
J. Persson D02200/0015:021
K. Russell D01120/0021:031
P. Russell RW00130/0010:401
R. Sheahan C000013/6014:471
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Schneider (L)3242860:00
GOALIESSA
C. Schneider (L)32
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Koskinen (W)2902959:50
GOALIESSA
M. Koskinen (W)29
19:22Ethan Bear shot on goal (Wrist shot)
LEGEND:GoalsShotsGoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • EDM
      06:02(PP) GOAL Alex Chiasson (Tip-in shot), Assists: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • EDM
      16:51GOAL James Neal (Backhand shot), Assists: Alex Chiasson and Joel Persson
    • EDM
      15:45GOAL Gaetan Haas (Tip-in shot), Assists: Matt Benning and Kris Russell
    • EDM
      01:55GOAL Leon Draisaitl (Backhand shot), Assists: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Joel Persson
    PENALTIES
    • 3RD PERIOD
      • EDM
        08:38Alex Chiasson penalty Tripping - 2 min.
      • NJ
        05:21Blake Coleman penalty Cross Checking - 2 min.
      • EDM
        02:40Bench penalty Too Many Men on the Ice - 2 min., served by Gaetan Haas
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • NJ
        13:13P.K. Subban penalty Slashing - 2 min.
      • EDM
        10:20Oscar Klefbom penalty Closing Hand on Puck - 2 min.
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • EDM
        18:20Darnell Nurse penalty Slashing - 2 min.
      • NJ
        12:25Jack Hughes penalty Hooking - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    NJ
    EDM
    Shots on Goal2932
    Goals in Power Play01
    Faceoff Wins2333
    Penalties34
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties34
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    NJ
    Shots on Goal29
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins23
    Penalties3
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties3
    Misconducts0
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    STARS OF THE GAME
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Boqvist C00-100/0010:061
    J. Bratt RW00-100/0012:490
    W. Butcher D00-100/0022:380
    B. Coleman LW00021/2212:333
    A. Greene D00000/0021:250
    N. Gusev LW00040/0013:470
    T. Hall LW00030/0019:391
    N. Hischier C00024/10016:481
    J. Hughes C00017/9216:331
    M. Mueller D00-200/0020:244
    K. Palmieri RW00030/0016:241
    D. Severson D00-100/0024:121
    W. Simmonds RW00-230/2019:112
    P. Subban D00-270/0224:361
    S. Vatanen D00000/0002:430
    M. Wood LW00-210/0014:160
    P. Zacha C00-116/4012:010
    T. Zajac C00-225/6014:392
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Archibald RW00010/0015:122
    E. Bear D00040/0020:010
    M. Benning D01110/0016:462
    A. Chiasson RW11150/0213:540
    L. Draisaitl LW10138/2018:491
    M. Granlund LW00100/0011:470
    G. Haas C10126/3008:570
    Z. Kassian RW00110/0015:550
    J. Khaira LW00000/0014:162
    O. Klefbom D00200/0223:231
    C. McDavid C01034/4019:170
    J. Neal LW10120/1013:241
    R. Nugent-Hopkins C02222/7018:320
    D. Nurse D00030/0220:253
    J. Persson D02200/0015:021
    K. Russell D01120/0021:031
    P. Russell RW00130/0010:401
    R. Sheahan C000013/6014:471
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    C. Schneider (L)3242860:00
    GOALIESSA
    C. Schneider (L)32
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    M. Koskinen (W)2902959:50
    GOALIESSA
    M. Koskinen (W)29
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123T
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    EDM11-5-2
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    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Boqvist C00-100/0010:061
    J. Bratt RW00-100/0012:490
    W. Butcher D00-100/0022:380
    B. Coleman LW00021/2212:333
    A. Greene D00000/0021:250
    N. Gusev LW00040/0013:470
    T. Hall LW00030/0019:391
    N. Hischier C00024/10016:481
    J. Hughes C00017/9216:331
    M. Mueller D00-200/0020:244
    K. Palmieri RW00030/0016:241
    D. Severson D00-100/0024:121
    W. Simmonds RW00-230/2019:112
    P. Subban D00-270/0224:361
    S. Vatanen D00000/0002:430
    M. Wood LW00-210/0014:160
    P. Zacha C00-116/4012:010
    T. Zajac C00-225/6014:392
    Total0002923/336-18
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Archibald RW00010/0015:122
    E. Bear D00040/0020:010
    M. Benning D01110/0016:462
    A. Chiasson RW11150/0213:540
    L. Draisaitl LW10138/2018:491
    M. Granlund LW00100/0011:470
    G. Haas C10126/3008:570
    Z. Kassian RW00110/0015:550
    J. Khaira LW00000/0014:162
    O. Klefbom D00200/0223:231
    C. McDavid C01034/4019:170
    J. Neal LW10120/1013:241
    R. Nugent-Hopkins C02222/7018:320
    D. Nurse D00030/0220:253
    J. Persson D02200/0015:021
    K. Russell D01120/0021:031
    P. Russell RW00130/0010:401
    R. Sheahan C000013/6014:471
    Total4803233/238-16
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    C. Schneider (L)3242860:00
    GOALIESSA
    C. Schneider (L)32
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    M. Koskinen (W)2902959:50
    GOALIESSA
    M. Koskinen (W)29
    GOALS
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
      PENALTIES
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

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