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Connor McDavid, Oilers cruise past Kraken for 4th straight win

Jan 17, 2023; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The Edmonton Oilers celebrate a goal scored by forward Connor McDavid, center, during the first period against the Seattle Kraken at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Connor McDavid scored his NHL-leading 38th goal of the season as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the visiting Seattle Kraken 5-2 Tuesday night.

Derek Ryan, Zach Hyman, Warren Foegele and Ryan McLeod also tallied for the Oilers, who extended their winning streak to four games. Goaltender Jack Campbell made 28 saves.

Daniel Sprong and Vince Dunn scored for Seattle, which lost its second straight following an eight-game winning streak. Martin Jones stopped 28 of 33 shots.

The Kraken opened the scoring on the power play at 3:11 of the first period as Sprong’s shot from the top of the left faceoff circle deflected in off a defenseman.

The Oilers tied it on McDavid’s highlight-reel goal at 14:08. McDavid took a pass at his own blue line and sped through center ice on a two-on-four rush.
The Kraken’s Justin Schultz fell backward at the blue line and McDavid used defenseman Jamie Oleksiak as a screen, putting a wrist shot from the inside hashmarks of the left faceoff circle over Jones’ shoulder and into the far upper corner of the net.

Ryan gave the Oilers the lead on a tap-in at 3:15 of the second after Vincent Desharnais flipped the puck toward the net from the right point and it trickled through Jones’ pads.

Foegele made it 3-1 at 12:30 of the period. A three-on-two rush led to a scramble in front of the net and Foegele, while sitting on his backside just outside the crease, found the loose puck and chipped it over a prone Jones.

Both teams scored fluke goals early in the third. Dunn tallied 22 seconds in to pull Seattle within a goal, his wrist shot from the top of left faceoff circle going off Campbell’s catching glove. At 1:23, Hyman took a pass in the slot but the puck was poke-checked off his stick by Seattle’s Eeli Tolvanen and ended up in the net.

McLeod capped the scoring at 9:18, tapping in a rebound after Dylan Holloway’s shot rang off the right post.

Forward Evander Kane finished with seven shots in his return to the Oilers’ lineup for the first time since Nov. 9, when he had his left wrist cut by an opponent’s skate blade.

–Field Level Media