TORONTO — Leon Draisaitl scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to help the Edmonton Oilers defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday.
Draisaitl got the rebound after Ryan Nugent-Hopkins‘ initial shot hit off the leg of Jesse Puljujarvi and scored past a sprawling Frederik Andersen to make it 2-1 at 9:12. It was Edmonton’s first power-play goal in 15 opportunities.
Kailer Yamamoto also scored, and Mikko Koskinen made 25 saves for the Oilers (2-3-0), who had lost two in a row.
Auston Matthews scored, and Andersen made 19 saves for the Maple Leafs (3-2-0), who had won two straight.
The Maple Leafs will play the Oilers again on Friday at Scotiabank Arena (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TSN4, SNW, NHL.TV).
Yamamoto was credited with the goal that gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead at 10:42 of the first period after Maple Leafs forward Jimmy Vesey‘s clearing attempt in the slot went off the skate of Jake Muzzin and redirected past the left pad of Andersen.
Matthews tied it 1-1 at 6:44 of the third period when he stole the puck in the corner from Zack Kassian and beat Koskinen with a shot from along the goal line.
Josh Archibald scored into an empty net with 1:06 remaining to make it 3-1.
Maple Leafs forward Joe Thornton left the game at 2:51 of the third period, appearing to favor his left wrist after a collision with Archibald.