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McLeod’s 3-point evening leads the Oilers to a blowout win over lowly Coyotes


Key takeaways: 

  • Edmonton’s McDavid nets 36th, Draisaitl scores 48th to tie for the league lead in a victory.
  • Oilers forward Ryan McLeod celebrates the first of his two goals during the first period of a 6-1 victory over the Coyotes in Edmonton on Monday.

Heading back to the drawing board had a more optimistic picture for Ryan McLeod and the Edmonton Oilers.

McLeod had two goals and an assist to direct Edmonton to a 6-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night in Edmonton. The Oilers lost a 9-5 conclusion to the opponent Calgary Flames two evenings before.

“As a group, we were pretty inspired after that match,” McLeod said. “Everyone was pretty annoyed, and we came out pretty motivated.” 

“It was good to see our answer.”

Connor McDavid, Warren Foegele, Zach Hyman, and Leon Draisaitl also netted for the Oilers (37-25-5), who’ve succeeded seven consecutive on home ice.

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Edmonton’s McDavid nets 36th, Draisaitl scores 48th to tie for the league lead in a victory

“It was essential that we knew a lesson from our last match,” said Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen, who made 31 blocks. “We wanted to jump back.”

“It was an embarrassing match Saturday, and I think we got precisely the result we must. Not just the result, but the way we played. We didn’t give any odd-man rushes. We played excellently. That was the most important thing, with the two points.”

Clayton Keller answered for the Coyotes (20-41-5), who’ve dropped six consecutive matches and were officially eliminated from the playoff clash.

“It’s a difficult schedule, we know that, and we’re pretty hit up right now,” said Coyotes head coach Andre Tourigny. “Mentally, we were a little bit exhausted and out.”

“We had several turnovers tonight, and our performance was not strong, and making plays was hard. We had a poor match.”

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