EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Playing with their main line, the dividends paid by the Edmonton Oilers.
Reunited as line mates, Leon Draisaitl had one goal and two assists, and Connor McDavid added three assists to lead Edmonton ahead of the Montreal Canadians. 6-2 on Tuesday night.
Matt Benning, Drake Caggiula, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Darnell Nurse and Kris Russell also scored for the Oilers, who broke a four-game skid that marked the longest of the season.
“Leon could probably have won the scoring race tonight only if he had found a way to end some of his opportunities,” said Edmonton coach Todd McLellan. “Connor, Leon, Drake – a very good night there, they shared the record well.”
Mikko Koskinen made 27 saves when the Oilers retreated above .500 to 9-8-1.
“It’s great,” Russell said. “We have a few days between games and now the mood is going to be much better.”
Caggiula thought that McDavid in particular seemed to have had more than enough of the losing streak.
“We’ve been a bit slipped here and he said:” No, I’m going to take the game in my hands today, “Caggiula said.” There are times when you say, & # 39 God, is he really doing that in an NHL game right now? “
Max Domi and Andrew Shaw had goals for the Canadiens (9-6-3), who lost three of four.  “We were told not to show up,” coach Claude Julien said. “We’re a fast skating team, so it was not about speed, but your team seemed pretty fast when you gave them the space we had tonight. We do not introduce ourselves It was a difficult night, by far, our worst experience “game of the year”.
Edmonton started the score with a stroke of luck at three minutes when Benning’s shot was off the mark, but he left the boards and hit Canadiens goalkeeper Antti Niemi from behind and charged.
Montreal drew even a couple of minutes later, just after canceling a penalty kick, when Domi came in with a header and chose the top corner to beat Koskinen for his tenth season.