Connor McDavid and his teammates returned to their good habits and allowed Kris Knoblauch to finish his first game in charge of the Oilers with a smile on Monday night in a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders in Edmonton.
The players of the team from Alberta had something to prove to their new coach, and the order looked difficult against the “Islands”, who sent Ilya Sorokin in front of the net. Fortunately for the Oilers, McDavid stood out with two points.
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The captain was stagnant in attack at the start of the campaign, which did not help the cause of former pilot Jay Woodcroft. Number 97 led the power play unit in the third period and scored his third goal. Sorokin appeared to stop McDavid’s shot, but the puck slowly slid behind the red line.
Leon Draisaitl played in every Oilers goal. The German tied the score in the top twenty, and was also a participant in the success of McDavid, Evander Kane and Zach Hyman.
The match started badly for the crowd favourites. Stuart Skinner looked bad on Mathew Barzal’s short one but shut the door after that. The Albertan had a season-best performance by blocking 32 shots.
Sorokin, for his part, gave up 31 shots three times. The Russian has won just one of his last six starts.