This wasn’t the first time most of the fans at Rexall Place went home angry. Fortunately for the Edmonton Oilers, this time most of the fans were decked out in Montreal Canadiens sweaters and cheering for the visitors. But the home team took the crowd out of it when it mattered, though, scoring four straight goals to post a 4-3 victory and spoil the party for the Red and Blue squatters. “That was awesome,” grinned Oilers winger Benoit Pouliot. “It didn’t start too good, but it ended pretty well. It showed a lot of character, that’s for sure. We didn’t give up. “They’re a good team with a good goalie and we were able to get four on him.” The Oilers looked dead and buried after 20 minutes, but fought back from 3-0 down with a Leon Draisaitl goal late in the second and third period markers from Pouliot and Brandon Davidson to tie it 3-3. Then Draisaitl’s second of the night with 1:02 left in regulation sealed it. This, just a few hours after he was called up from Bakersfield as last-minute help for a forward unit gutted by injury. “For me, personally, it feels good, but it’s good for team as well, not folding our hands and coming back from being down 3-0,” said Draisaitl, who landed in Edmonton at 2:30 p.m., had a quick bite to eat and headed to the rink. “I think that shows the character in this room.” The game winner gave Draisaitl as many goals in three periods as he had in 37 games last year. “That play is all Nuge,” he said. “He forechecks, strips the puck and makes an unbelievable pass to me for a wide open net.” Elsewhere on the youngster front, Darnell Nurse had another strong game and Davidson earned a lot of trust from head coach Todd McLellan, who used him in key situations late. He, like Draisaitl, is glad that his own big night coincided with a win. “It just goes to show you that if you put the puck on net, good things will happen,” he said, adding the Oilers were due for a couple of good things. “We needed that. I don’t know what’s going to happen from here, but if we keep going in the direction we’re going we’re going to be fine.” Montreal looked like they had this one in the bank, rolling out to the lead on first period goals from Brendan Gallagher, Torrey Mitchell and Alex Galchenyuk. But that’s where their charge ended. “You just have to stay positive,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who set up the game winner. “It’s easy to get down on yourself after going down 3-0 against a team like that. But you have to remember you have 40 minutes left, that’s a lot of hockey to play. “We just stuck with it. A lot of positive energy and it obviously paid off for us.” From there Edmonton carried most of the momentum. They outshot Montreal 11-5 in the second, closed the lead to 3-1 and stormed back hard in the third, snapping their three-game losing streak and improving their record to 4-8.
Call-up Leon Draisaitl scores twice in Oilers comeback victory over Montreal
Edmonton Sun | Oct 30