Oilers lose to Maple Leafs, end five-game road trip winless


TORONTO — Ilya Mikheyev scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who handed the Edmonton Oilers their fifth straight loss with a 4-2 win at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday.

Mikheyev made it 3-2 at 11:25 with a power-play goal, beating Mike Smith glove side from the high slot after Slater Koekkoek couldn’t clear the puck. It was the eighth straight game the Maple Leafs have scored on the man-advantage, and the fifth straight game the Oilers have allowed a power-play goal.

Alexander Kerfoot shot into an empty net with 15 seconds remaining for the 4-2 final.

William Nylander had two assists, and Jack Campbell made 28 saves for the Maple Leafs (22-8-2), who have won four in a row.

Leon Draisaitl and Brendan Perlini scored, and Smith made 29 saves for the Oilers (18-14-2), who went 0-3-2 on a five-game road trip and were playing without Connor McDavid after the forward was placed in COVID-19 protocol on Wednesday.

John Tavares gave Toronto a 1-0 lead at 4:25 of the first period. Nylander’s initial shot deflected off his leg before hitting the end boards, and as it ricocheted back out in front, it hit the right skate of Smith and redirected into the net.

Edmonton has allowed the first goal in 21 of its past 25 games.

Perlini tied it 1-1 at 9:58 with a one-timer off a pass from Colton Sceviour.

Draisaitl put the Oilers ahead 2-1 at 11:12 with another one-timer, this time near the left post off a cross-slot pass from Kailer Yamamoto.

TJ Brodie scored in his third straight game to tie it 2-2 at 19:32 of the first. Nylander, who had the primary assist on the play, has scored 12 points (five goals, seven assists) on a seven-game point streak.

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