Edmonton at Montreal

Drouin scores in OT, Canadiens hand Oilers 5th straight loss

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MONTREAL (AP) With Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on a 2-on-0 breakaway in overtime, it looked as if the Edmonton Oilers would snap their four-game losing skid.

But Draisaitl's bobbling pass hit McDavid's skate and the opportunity was lost.

On the very next shift, Jonathan Drouin went end-to-end and scored to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory Sunday.

''We just didn't connect clean,'' McDavid said. ''It was a little too far in front of me. I couldn't get to it. They had a chance, we had a couple chances, and the last goal wins, obviously, and they were able to find it.''

Just 30 seconds into the extra frame, Draisaitl carried the puck across the blue line, with McDavid to his right. Draisaitl slowed down just enough to be caught by Jeff Petry, who got his stick on the pass to McDavid.

Carey Price then stopped a weak shot by McDavid, a slap shot by defenseman Darnell Nurse and a wrister by Draisaitl.

''I was a little worried, obviously,'' Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher said. ''It was nice when you saw McDavid slow down and Draisaitl try to compose the puck. Not exactly what you want to give up but we found a way. Price made a save, calmed things down, and Drouin went the other way to win the game.''

After the Canadiens won the ensuing faceoff, Drouin took the puck from behind his own net, gave a burst of speed in the neutral zone, cut back around defenseman Kris Russell before beating Mikko Koskinen 58 seconds into overtime.

''We had a little bit of luck on that,'' Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. ''There's no doubt about it. But a lot of times that's what you need to win hockey games. Luck was on our side this afternoon.''

Jesperi Kotkaniemi pulled Montreal even with 6:25 left in regulation, roofing the puck over Koskinen from a tight angle after Max Domi battled for the puck behind the net.

Domi and Shea Weber also scored for the Canadiens, and Price made 21 saves for his fifth straight victory.

Draisaitl scored twice for Edmonton, McDavid added a goal and Koskinen stopped 23 shots.

NOTES: The teams completed back-to-back sets of matinee matchups. The Canadiens lost 3-2 in overtime to visiting New Jersey on Saturday, and the Oilers dropped a 5-4 overtime decision at Philadelphia. ... Montreal's Paul Byron sustained an upper-body injury on a hit from Matt Benning in the second period. Byron didn't return.

UP NEXT:

Oilers: Host Chicago on Tuesday night.

Canadiens: Host Anaheim on Tuesday night.

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Scoreboard
Edmonton (23-24-4)12003
Montreal  (28-18-6) «11114
Three Stars
M. Domi
MON


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
L. Draisaitl
EDM


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
C. McDavid
EDM


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:23Power Play - Shea Weber (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Drouin
09:44 - Leon Draisaitl (28), Backhand Shot. Assist: Lucic, Nurse
2ND PERIOD
01:09 - Max Domi (17), Wrap Shot. Assist: Petry, Byron
08:05Power Play - Connor McDavid (31), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nugent-Hopkins, Nurse
14:55Power Play - Leon Draisaitl (29), Wrist Shot. Assist: Chiasson, Nugent-Hopkins
3RD PERIOD
13:35 - Jesperi Kotkaniemi (8), Backhand Shot. Assist: Domi, Tatar
OT
58.0 - Jonathan Drouin (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mete, Danault
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:34Benning, 2 min, Slashing
03:28Draisaitl, 2 min, Interference
07:42Domi, 2 min, Interference with Goalkeeper
2ND PERIOD
02:24Russell, 2 min, Hooking
03:18Draisaitl, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
03:18Drouin, 2 min, Hooking
06:27Benn, 2 min, Hooking
14:28Weber, 2 min, Hooking
18:06Domi, 2 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
03:49Larsson, 2 min, Slashing
OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
 710522
 136625
 
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