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Oilers take down Coyotes to extend home win streak

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Mar 28, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his first period goal against the Arizona Coyotes at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan McLeod scored twice in a career-best three-point game while Leon Draisaitl notched one goal and one assist as the host Edmonton Oilers claimed a 6-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.

Connor McDavid, Warren Foegele and Zach Hyman also tallied for the Oilers, who have won seven straight home games. Jesse Puljujarvi collected two assists and goaltender Mikko Koskinen made 31 saves.

Clayton Keller replied for the Coyotes, who have lost six straight games (0-5-1). Goalie Karel Vejmelka stopped 30 of 35 shots before being mercifully pulled after two periods. Josef Korenar made six saves in relief.

McDavid sent the hosts off and running 4:05 into the affair with his 36th goal of the season. Puljujarvi intercepted a clearing attempt and fed McDavid at the net, and he lifted a backhand to run his league-leading point total to 98.

McLeod doubled the lead just past the midway point of the opening frame. After leading a rush into the offensive zone, McLeod was at the end boards with the puck and banked a shot off Vejmelka and into the net.

Keller’s power-play goal — he ripped a five-hole shot home from the right face-off dot — put the Coyotes on the board with 4:08 remaining in the first period, but the Oilers pulled away with a trio of second-period goals.

McLeod notched his second of the game, and eighth of the season, at 2:32 of the middle frame when he tucked home a backhand for the power-play tally.

Foegele made it a three-goal edge at 12:28 when he buried the rebound after Tyson Barrie’s point shot was denied to net his ninth of the season. Then Hyman notched his career-high 22nd of the campaign by converting another rebound at 16:11 of the period.

Draisaitl moved into a tie with Toronto’s Auston Matthews for the league lead with 48 goals when he converted a tap-in set up by Puljujarvi in the middle of the third period. Draisaitl has collected 17 points (10-7-17) in a nine-game streak.

On top of the loss, the Coyotes forward Lawson Crouse left the game after the second period due to injury.

–Field Level Media