Edmonton Oilers cruise previous Anaheim Geese 6-2 – Edmonton

The Edmonton Oilers had 53 shots on goal on the way to routing the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 Wednesday night in California.

“What I really liked about our team was our push and fight and passion for each other in that third period in LA, and I thought that kind of went into tonight’s game,” head coach Jay Woodcroft said. “In tonight’s game I thought we controlled play from the start and got contributions from lots of different people and special teams were excellent tonight. It’s a recipe for a good win for us.”

The team record for shots in a game is 56, set in a 6-4 win over Colorado on February 16, 2013.

The Oilers took a quick 2-0 lead on goals 1:14 apart by Dylan Holloway and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Sam Carrick got one back for Anaheim, setting the stage for Connor McDavid. He got the puck to the left of the net, spun off his check to the middle, and roofed a backhand past John Gibson.

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“It’s important to have a good start,” McDavid said after the game. “You know it’s important to have a good start every night, as we’ve learned, obviously. Especially against a young group, to get on top of them early is important and make sure that they know it’s going to be a hard night.”

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Klim Kostin took advantage of a Ducks turnover to make it 4-1 Oilers in the final minute of the first.

Kostin struck again in the second, banging home a pass from Mattias Janmark.

“It’s a great effort by the boys — by the team” Kostin said. “Like great game. We work hard, we like to play smart. So, yeah, it’s a good game.”

Late in the second on the power play, Leon Draisaitl used a between-the-legs tip to record his 23rd of the season.

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Anthony Stolarz replaces Gibson to start the third. Simon Benoit scored in the first minute of the third for the Ducks.

Campbell earned the win with 21 saves. Defenseman Vincent Desharnais played 15:04 in his NHL debut.

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The Oilers, 22-18-3, will play in San Jose on Friday.

The 630 CHED Face-off Show begins at 7 p.m., the game starts at 8:30 p.m

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