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Edmonton 2, Anaheim 1
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 23, 2019
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Dean Morton, Brad Watson
Linesmen: Steve Barton, Brandon Gawryletz
Attendance: 18347

The Edmonton Oilers earned a clutch win without superstar captain Connor McDavid, holding on for a 2-1 home-ice victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

Edmonton goalie Mikko Koskinen made 33 saves, including three during a late Anaheim power play, to backstop his squad to a second consecutive victory. Edmonton won two straight home games for the first time in more than two months.

McDavid served the first half of a two-game suspension handed down for a check to the head of New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy last game.

Edmonton's Josh Currie opened the scoring with four minutes remaining in the first period with his first NHL goal. Currie, the 26-year-old who made his NHL debut earlier in the week, ensured his third big league game would be one to remember when he pounced on a loose puck and buried the rebound for his marker.

Sam Gagner doubled Edmonton's lead 57 seconds into the second period with his second goal in as many outings. Gagner was parked in the slot when he made a nifty deflection of Leon Draisaitl's shot for the eventual game-winning goal.

With his assist, Draisaitl has collected four goals and four helpers in a six-game point streak.

Carter Rowney gave the visitors a much-needed jolt of life when he put them on the board at the 11:43 mark of the middle frame. After a turnover by the Oilers, Nick Ritchie fed Rowney in front of the net, and the rookie netted his fourth NHL goal.

Unfortunately, Rowney left the game later in the frame when he was hit in the head by a puck shot by a teammate.

The Ducks believed they tied the game with 45 seconds left on the clock, but it was immediately disallowed because Adam Henrique made contact with Koskinen before the puck went into the net.

Kevin Boyle stopped 19 shots for the Ducks, who have lost two straight. Anaheim was also without its captain as Ryan Getzlaf missed the game due to a lower-body injury.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Anaheim   Edmonton
Carter Rowney 1 Points Josh Currie 1
Carter Rowney 1 Goals Josh Currie 1
Michael Del Zotto 1 Assists Leon Draisaitl 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Kevin Boyle .905 Save Percentage Mikko Koskinen .971
Kevin Boyle 19 Saves Mikko Koskinen 33
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Anaheim 34 1 0-1 1-1 2 27
Edmonton 21 2 0-1 1-1 2 33
Upcoming Games
  • Edmonton will play their next game on the road against Nashville. The Oilers have a W/L % of .462 after a win and .400 after a loss.
  • Anaheim will play their next game on the road against Vancouver. The Ducks have a W/L % of .560 after a win and .270 after a loss.