The Edmonton Oilers won their fourth game in a row Friday night as they outscored the Ottawa Senators 6-2.
The Oilers beat the Sens three times this week and are 7-0 against them this season.
It only took the Oilers 10 seconds to grab the lead. Connor McDavid picked up his 17th goal of the season when his bad angle shot befuddled Senators goaltender Joey Daccord.
“I still don’t even know where it went — I just tried to put a puck on net,” McDavid said.
LISTEN BELOW: Connor McDavid
“The next shift after that was huge for us, and we did a good job,” Oilers forward Gaetan Haas said. “It’s not easy to stay focused if you score after 10 seconds, but I think we did a great job there.”
Ottawa responded less than three minutes later when Senators defenceman Thomas Chabot had his pass bank into the net off Oilers blue-liner Tyson Barrie.
McDavid recorded his 50th point of 2021 when he set up Barrie, who wired a shot top corner.
“He brings an element of the puck movement and the creativity back there, (and he) has gotten better and better as the year’s gone on,” Oilers head coach Dave Tippett said of Barrie.
“Nurse and him have gelled well together and Barrie’s really done a nice job, as he’s got to know our power play, of getting that going. He’s a strong contributor.”
LISTEN BELOW: Dave Tippett
“We know they work hard, they play an energetic game and they’re dangerous when they get rolling around and get that excitement into their game,” McDavid said. “They did a great job responding.
“I thought they controlled a lot of the first (period) and we were lucky to come out 2-1.”
Ottawa forward Brady Tkachuk made it 2-2 with a power play tap-in halfway through the second period.
Edmonton defenceman Darnell Nurse replied with his eight of the season and fifth against Ottawa.
Late in the second, McDavid set up Leon Draisaitl for a power-play goal and a 4-2 lead.
Oilers forward Tyler Ennis added insurance in the third, feathering the puck over an outstretched Daccord.
Haas danced in and made it 6-2 late in the game.
“We didn’t underestimate them, we just kept to our game,” Haas said.
“We want to play a solid game and I think that was a pretty good three games.”
LISTEN BELOW: Gaetan Haas
The Oilers went 4-3 on their seven-game homestand, their longest of the season.
McDavid had a goal and two assists. He leads the NHL with 51 points.
The Oilers, (8-11) play in Vancouver Saturday night. The Faceoff Show on 630 CHED starts at 6:30 p.m. The game is at 8 p.m.