The Edmonton Oilers scored three goals in the first 7:30 of the third period to rally for a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
Milan Lucic had a goal and three assists, Jordan Eberle scored twice, and Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists as the Oilers won their third in a row.
McDavid said Lucic doesn’t even need to get on the scoreboard to make a difference.
“He doesn’t have to get points or score goals for him to be effective,” McDavid said. “He brings so much to the room, first and foremost that sense of calm. That sense of almost safety for all of us. (So) we can go out there and play our game and not have to worry.”
The teams traded goals in the first period, with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle scoring for Edmonton. Eberle’s goal came on the power play with just 10.4 seconds left in the frame.
Rene Bourque’s second of the game put the Avs up 3-2 in the second.
Lucic pulled the Oilers even 32 seconds into the third, banging in a rebound after Connor McDavid drove the net. About six minutes later, McDavid banked a shot from behind the net in off Semyon Varlamov after Lucic shot wide on a three-on-two. Just over a minute after that, Leon Draisaitl cashed in on a power play. The Oilers went 2/6 with the man advantage.
Head coach Todd McLellan said the quick start in the third period was huge for his team.
“I thought it was a real good response from our team,” McLellan said. “I thought after they scored in the second (period) we had a little lull. But the break between the second and third gave us a chance to regroup. Right off the bat our top line goes out and gets a goal, led by the captain. And you could feel the momentum build from there.”
Eberle added a late empty net goal. Cam Talbot made 25 saves for the win in goal.
The Oilers improve to 12-8-1 on the season. They’ll visit the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. (jrw)