Hoffman scores in OT, Senators beat Oilers 4-3
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Ottawa Senators weren't about to give away another point in extra time.
Mike Hoffman scored a pair of goals, including the overtime winner, and the Senators snapped a three-game skid by beating the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 Thursday night.
Hoffman sent a shot from the slot under the arm of Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens 2:39 into overtime to secure the win for the Senators, who wasted a 3-0 lead.
''We weren't going to let that one slip away in overtime. The last couple games we went to overtime we did,'' said Senators forward Curtis Lazar, who assisted on the winning goal. ''It was a great shot by Hoffman.''
Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said his team couldn't afford to let any more points get away from them during this stretch.
''At the end of the day, we found a way to win a game on the road,'' he said. ''It was a great effort by the team. You don't make up ground or get ahead in this league by getting one point. You have to do it by twos.''
Alex Chiasson and Milan Michalek also scored for the Senators (8-4-4) who are 3-1-2 in their last six outings.
Leon Draisaitl, Jordan Eberle and Jeff Petry responded for the Oilers (6-9-2) who have lost two in a row.
''It's good that we didn't just throw in the towel and say they can just have this one,'' said Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who had a pair of assists. ''We battled back hard against Nashville (a 3-2 loss after also trailing 3-0 in the first period) and we did the same tonight. We got a point out of this tonight. We showed some good things there for sure, but those things can't happen, we can't go out there and get down three.''
Ottawa got on the board 3 1/2 minutes into the game after Cody Ceci picked off a poor clearing attempt by Edmonton and fed it to Hoffman, who used defender Justin Schultz as a screen to cleanly beat Scrivens with a wrist shot. It was the third consecutive game Hoffman has scored.
The Senators took a 2-0 lead with seven minutes remaining in the first as Chiasson tipped Chris Phillips' shot from just above the top of the circle into the net for his fourth of the season.
Ottawa took a three-goal lead with four minutes left in the first as Bobby Ryan made a nice pass across to Michalek, who beat Scrivens high to the stick side with a hard shot.
Edmonton finally got some momentum with seven minutes remaining in the second period as Draisaitl chipped in the rebound of David Perron's power-play shot for the second goal of his NHL career.
Edmonton pulled within a goal midway through the third after Eberle was able to tuck in a loose puck during a mad scramble in front of Anderson in the Ottawa net. It was Eberle's 100th career NHL goal.
The Oilers tied it with six minutes left in the third period as Nugent-Hopkins gained the zone and made a great buttonhook pass back to Petry who scored to make it 3-3.
''We came out of the gate strong and had a good lead, but then we just sort of sat on it,'' Anderson said. ''We didn't keep the pressure up and we let them back into the game. Before you know it, we were on our heels.''
NOTES: The Oilers swept the two-game series against Ottawa last season and came into the game with three straight wins over the Senators. ... Ottawa rookie Lazar played his first NHL game in Edmonton after helping the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League to a Memorial Cup championship last season. Lazar is still looking for his first goal, but has five assists in his first 13 games this season ... Oilers forward Luke Gazdic was back with the team after a two-week conditioning assignment with the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL. He was a healthy scratch Thursday. ... There was some good news on the injury front for the Oilers as star forward Taylor Hall skated with the team for the first time since a straining his right knee two weeks ago. A return date is still unknown.