NHL Scores: Leon Draisaitl pops hat trick and five points in Oilers win, Gabriel Landeskog lifts Avalanche in OT, and more
The NHL slate had only five games on it, and Leon Draisaitl notched a point for each one. Last night after breaking a goal drought the game before he lit up Ottawa like a Christmas Tree in December.
NHL Scores: Leon Draisaitl scores five points for Oilers, Habs end Canucks win streak
Leon Draisaitl put on a show with his good friend Connor McDavid who notched a goal and two assists himself. Last season’s Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner brightened the Alberta sky by scoring three goals and adding two helpers. The Oilers (17-11) pounded the Senators (9-19-1) by a 7-1 final.
“I thought our start was really good and we put them on their heels a little bit early on, and that helps a lot,” the NHL’s offensive star of the night said. “We had contributions from all four lines, defensemen, and our goalie [Mike Smith] was great, so it was a pretty complete effort.”
The Canadiens (12-6-7) cruised to a 5-1 win over the Canucks (12-16-2) and halted their three game winning streak. Phillip Danault scored his first goal of the season in this one and the relief was evident.
“There was more than one monkey,” Danault said after finally breaking through. “I threw a bunch of monkeys off my back.”
NHL Scores: Gabriel Landeskog scores OT winner and all the West action
There was 38 seconds left on the clock when Gabriel Landeskog put one by Antti Raanta in OT. The win was a big one for the Avalanche (14-8-2) as they beat the Coyotes (12-10-4) by a 2-1 margin. For the Avs the extra point provides a two point cushion over the Yotes and Kings for fourth place.
Los Angeles had a party in Anaheim scoring five times. Adrian Kempe notched two goals (10,11) as the Kings (11-8-6) beat the Ducks (8-13-6) by a 5-1 score. And finally the Wild (15-8-1) topped the Golden Knights (16-6-1) by a 4-3 margin and climbed to within two points of first place in the West.