EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the shootout winner and the Edmonton Oilers snapped a four-game skid with a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.
Kris Russell scored in regulation for the Oilers. They were outscored 10-0 in their previous two games.
Ryan Kesler scored for the Ducks. They had won three in a row.
After being denied on a breakaway earlier in the second period, Connor McDavid set up the first goal with eight minutes remaining in the period. He dropped the puck back to Russell on an odd-man break to allow the defenceman to beat goalie John Gibson.
Anaheim tied it on a power play 18 seconds into the third period when Kesler tipped in Cam Fowler’s point shot.
Edmonton had a pair of power plays in overtime and some great chances, but couldn’t score, sending the game to the shootout.
NOTES: It was the first of four meetings between the Oilers and Ducks this season, and first encounter since Anaheim prevailed over Edmonton in Game 7 of the second round of playoffs last year. … Oilers forward Patrick Maroon served the first game of a two-game suspension for a hit to the head of Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty on Tuesday night.
Ducks: At Calgary on Saturday night.
Oilers: At Dallas on Saturday night.
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