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Leon Draisaitl’s OT winner caps Oilers’ rally past Rangers

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Leon Draisaitl scored 3:27 into overtime after Connor McDavid produced the tying goal with 2:59 left in regulation as the Edmonton Oilers rallied from a three-goal deficit for a wild 6-5 victory over the visiting New York Rangers on Friday night.

Edmonton won for the ninth time in 10 games to start the season. Draisaitl tied Alex Ovechkin for the league lead with his 10th goal when he got a cross-ice pass from Darnell Nurse and lifted a wrist shot from the right circle over New York goaltender Alexandar Georgiev.

Edmonton overcame deficits of 4-1 and 5-4, forging a 5-5 tie on McDavid’s highlight-reel goal.

Moments after Tyson Barrie hit the post, the puck went to the neutral zone and McDavid retrieved it. McDavid warded off checks by four New York defenders, reached the doorstep and lifted a backhander past a sprawling Georgiev.

Mika Zibanejad scored the final two goals for the Rangers. He scored on the power play 6:56 into the second and then snapped a 4-4 tie 7:18 into the third.

Zach Hyman scored Edmonton’s first goal late in the opening period, and Jesse Puljujarvi sandwiched two goals around Barrie’s power-play marker a minute into the third.

Puljujarvi started the comeback on the power play with 5:19 left in the second, and then tied the game with a slap shot after getting a long pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 3:35 into the second.

Filip Chytil, Kevin Rooney and Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers, who lost in overtime for the second straight game.

McDavid had an assist on Barrie’s goal when he made a nifty behind-the-back pass after Draisaitl won an offensive zone faceoff, and McDavid assisted Draisaitl’s game-winner, too. Draisaitl had two assists to raise his league-leading points total to 23, one ahead of McDavid. Nurse logged three assists, and Barrie had two helpers.

Edmonton goaltender Mikko Koskinen made 20 saves for his seventh win of the season, while Georgiev allowed six goals on 39 shots.

–Field Level Media

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