EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid tied the game late in the third period, and then won it in the shootout as the Edmonton Oilers edged the New York Islanders 2-1 on Thursday night.
Edmonton ended Christopher Gibson’s shutout bid with just 1:50 to play in the third period when McDavid banked a shot off of New York defenseman Brandon Davidson and into the net for his career-high 31st goal of the season.
McDavid was hooked on a breakaway three minutes into overtime and was awarded a penalty shot, but hit the post on the attempt.
New York’s Jordan Eberle also came close in overtime, but Cam Talbot came across to make a pad save.
Thomas Hickey had the lone goal for the Islanders, who have lost eight straight — their longest skid in more than four seasons.
The game marked the return to Edmonton for Eberle, who was dealt by the Oilers for forward Ryan Strome on June 22, 2017.
There was no scoring in the first period, with the Islanders putting nine shots on Talbot and Edmonton sending seven on Gibson, who made just his second start of the season and was playing in the sixth game of his NHL career.
The game remained scoreless through 40 minutes, with Edmonton taking a 22-17 edge in shots.
The Islanders broke the scoreless deadlock 1:54 into the third period after the Oilers got sloppy in their own zone, allowing Hickey to get in tight and score, picking the top corner with a backhand shot for his fourth of the season.
NOTES: It was the second and final meeting between the teams this season. Edmonton won the first contest 2-1 win in overtime in November. … The Islanders were missing several players, including Nikolay Kulemin (upper body), Shane Prince (upper body), Calvin de Haan (upper body) and Thomas Greiss (lower body). … Edmonton defenseman Adam Larsson returned to the lineup after missing three games while attending his father’s funeral in Sweden.
Islanders: at Calgary on Sunday.
Oilers: vs. Minnesota on Saturday.