Connor McDavid had a purpose and three assists because the Edmonton Oilers scored a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night time at Rogers Place.
Zach Hyman scored on the Oilers’ first shot of the sport 6:52 into the primary, wristing the puck previous the blocker of Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry.
“We should always have a couple of of our gamers cease wanting on the iPad and begin taking a look at Zach Hyman on the market,” Oilers head coach Dave Tippett mentioned after the sport.
“He performs the sport trustworthy. He performs the sport exhausting. You discuss getting your nostril over the puck and competing for free pucks, (Hyman) is the epitome of that.”
Pittsburgh ahead Jake Guentzel pounded a one-timer behind Edmonton netminder Mikko Koskinen to tie it, however the Oilers regained the lead on a two-on-one. McDavid arrange Hyman for his eleventh purpose of the season.
“We type of held on for the primary 40 minutes,” McDavid mentioned.
“Mikko did a superb job as normal and I believed our younger defence did a superb job of stepping in and making an attempt to maintain the sport easy.”
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Teddy Blueger pulled the Pens even precisely one minute into the second.
Hyman had an opportunity for the hat trick on a shorthanded breakaway however was foiled by Jarry.
Early within the third, Oilers ahead Kailer Yamamoto notched his fifth purpose of the season by deflecting a Tyson Barrie level shot.
“We have been higher within the third. We turned the puck over far an excessive amount of within the first couple (of intervals),” Tippett mentioned.
“We had no rhythm to our recreation in any way — simply batting it round prefer it was a tennis ball. We nonetheless turned it over a couple of instances however a minimum of we labored to get it again within the third.”
5 minutes after Yamamoto’s purpose, with the groups taking part in four-on-four, Oilers defenceman Evan Bouchard tapped in a feed from McDavid to make it 4-2.
Hyman tapped in a cross from McDavid with 8:35 left, however his first profession hat-trick was negated when the Penguins efficiently challenged for offside.
“I believe finally (the hat-trick) will occur, and I’m blissful to attain after I can and assist the workforce win,” Hyman mentioned.
McDavid sealed the win with an empty-netter.
Defenceman Markus Niemelainen made his NHL debut and performed 10:19 for the Oilers.
“I received hit fairly exhausting within the first interval in order that type of woke me up,” Niemelainen mentioned of his first recreation.
“It’s been nice to see the younger d-men are available and play effectively,” McDavid mentioned.
“Clearly it’s a protracted 12 months and there’s going to be accidents and there’s going to be issues that occur the place you want that depth, and I believe the fellows have finished a terrific job of stepping in and selecting up the place we left off.”
Koskinen made 32 saves to enhance to 12-2.
Earlier than the sport, Oilers defenceman Kris Russell was introduced with a commemorative belt buckle. He turned the NHL’s all-time chief in blocked pictures Saturday towards Vegas.
The Oilers (16-5) will play in Seattle on Friday.
With recordsdata from Brenden Escott, 630 CHED
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