OTTAWA – Jordan Eberle scored twice and added an assist as the Edmonton Oilers started their four-game road trip with a 7-2 beating of the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.
Mark Fayne, Zack Kassian, Andrej Sekera, Leon Draisaitl and Brandon Davidson also scored for the Oilers (21-26-5). Rookie sensation Connor McDavid, playing just his second game since returning from a broken clavicle, had two assists on the night.
Cam Talbot made 26 saves for the win.
It was much of the same for struggling Ottawa (23-23-6), which has now lost three straight and seven of its last ten.
Craig Anderson allowed three goals on ten shots before Andrew Hammond came in and allowed four goals on 18 shots.
Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone were the lone Senators to beat Talbot.
Ottawa gave up three early goals in the first and never recovered from its dreadful start. The Senators have allowed the first goal in 35 of 52 games this season.
Fayne opened the scoring at the four-minute mark of the game as his shot from inside the blue-line beat Anderson after it was deflected by Ottawa’s Max McCormick.
Just 41 seconds later Eberle made it 2-0 as he used McDavid as a decoy on a two-on-one to beat Anderson. McDavid then got in on the action making a great pass to Eberle on the power play to make it 3-0.
Shortly after Anderson’s night came to an end as Hammond came in. Ottawa got out of the period with a goal as Hoffman scored on the power play.
Trailing 3-1 the Senators had a better start to the second as Stone picked up his second in as many games as he squeezed a shot between the post and Talbot and the puck trickled across the goal line before the goalie could react.
The Oilers regained their two-goal lead late in the period as Kassian was beat Hammond through the legs.
Leading 4-2 to start the third, the Oilers put the game out of reach with a power-play goal by Sekera and a goal from Draisaitl. Davidson rounded out the scoring late in the third.
Notes: Ottawa D Marc Methot returned to the Senators lineup after missing the last six games with a lower body injury. D Jared Cowen was a healthy scratch. C Kyle Turris missed his sixth straight game.
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