Matthews, Maple Leafs hold off Oilers in fourth straight win


EDMONTON — Auston Matthews broke a tie with a power-play goal at 13:37 of the third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs won their fourth straight game, 4-3 against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Thursday.

Jason Spezza had a goal and assist for Toronto (7-2-0), which has won the first three of its four-game road trip. Frederik Andersen made 26 saves.

Matthews scored for the fourth straight game on a shot from the left face-off circle to give the Maple Leafs a 4-3 lead. It was his fifth of the season.

Leon Draisaitl scored two goals and Connor McDavid had two assists for Edmonton (3-6-0), which has lost three of four. Mikko Koskinen made 23 saves.

The teams will play here again Saturday.

Spezza scored his first of the season at 9:29 of the first period to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead. Spezza scored on a backhand shot from the slot shortly after Koskinen turned the puck over to Travis Boyd behind the net.

William Nylander made it 2-0 at 18:22, converting a cross-crease pass from John Tavares just as a holding penalty to Oilers forward Kyle Turris expired.

Draisaitl scored on a two-man advantage at 18:11 of the second period, one-timing a cross-ice pass from McDavid.

He tied it 2-2 at 7:00 of the third period with another power-play goal. He found the puck in front following a centering pass from McDavid and flipped it over Andersen.

Wayne Simmonds scored for a third straight game 56 seconds later to give the Maple Leafs a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal at 7:56 of the third.

Zack Kassian tied it 3-3 at 11:12 with his first goal of the season, scoring on a rebound in front after a shot by Turris.

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