Senators Top Oilers – Tkachuk Gets OT Winner

EDMONTON — Brady Tkachuk scored his second of the game 2:09 into overtime as the Ottawa Senators put a crimp in Edmonton’s slim playoff hopes with a 4-3 victory over the Oilers on Saturday.

Bobby Ryan and Brian Gibbons also scored for the last-place Senators (26-43-6), who snapped a two-game losing streak

Alex Chiasson, Connor McDavid and Colby Cave replied for the Oilers (33-34-8), who have lost three of their last four.

The Senators struck first on the power play five minutes into the first period when Tkachuk banked the puck off of defender Adam Larsson and past goalie Mikko Koskinen from behind the net for his 18th goal of the season.

Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators
Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Edmonton knotted the game four minutes later when Chiasson was sent in on a breakaway and beat Ottawa starter Craig Anderson with a backhand shot.

Ottawa regained the lead with another first-period power-play goal as Ryan deflected a shot home from the doorstep.

The Oilers tied the game three minutes into the second period on a give-and-go passing play with Leon Draisaitl setting up McDavid for his 38th goal. McDavid tied his career high of 108 points with the goal.

The Senators once again surged ahead seven-and-a-half minutes into the third after a terrific pass from Magnus Paajarvi set up a goal by Gibbons. But Edmonton came back just 66 seconds later on a goal by Cave to eventually send the game to extra time.

Both teams are off until Tuesday, when the Oilers host the Los Angeles Kings and the Senators return home to face the Buffalo Sabres.

Notes: Both teams had their share of controversies this week with Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson publicly calling out the play of goalless forward Tobias Rieder at a season ticket holder’s breakfast and embattled Senators owner Eugene Melnyk making disparaging comments on a radio show about Ottawa’s fans, mayor and media, as well as the rebuild of the rival Toronto Maple Leafs… It was the second and final meeting between the two teams, with Edmonton winning the previous encounter 4-2 on Feb. 28… Senators defenceman Thomas Chabot returned to the lineup after missing four games with a broken toe… Oilers defenceman Andrej Sekera played his 700th NHL game.

Shane Jones, The Canadian Press