Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian each scored two goals for the Edmonton Oilers (22-21-3) in a 7-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres (23-17-6) at Rogers Place on Monday night.
(22-21-3)This was Lucic’s third goal in four games, from scoring just one goal in his first 42 games this season. Kassian, also not know for his scoring touch, more like a third or fourth line grinder had just two goals in 42 games this season.
“It feels good as an individual to pop a couple tonight, but the most important thing is that we got the two points in the standings,” Lucic said. “We finally got some bounces that went our way when they have gone against us the last three games. It was nice to get a win here. As of late, we have won one, lost one, won one, lost one, so now it is about putting something together.”
Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had a goal and an assist, and Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton , which won for the fourth time in 13 games. Mikko Koskinen made 41 saves.
Casey Mittelstadt and Evan Rodrigues scored for Buffalo, which has now lost three in a row. Carter Hutton gave up five goals on the first 12 shots before being yanked at 4:49 of the second period. Linus Ullmark made 11 saves in relief.
“We let some goals in [that] kind of deflated us,” Rodrigues said. “It’s a minor mistake and one that we usually write off and get back on track. But we let it affect us too much and we let in bring our game down, and we got the result we deserved.”