OTTAWA – The Oilers haven’t headed to their eighth win over Ottawa this season, but in the end the Senators couldn’t include Edmonton’s superstar combo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl

Draisaitl played on the same line Wednesday night, scoring three goals and assisting McDavid’s game winners The Oilers continued their dominance over the Senators with a 4-2 win on Wednesday night

McDavid supported all three of Draisaitl’s goals as the Oilers improved to 8-0 against the Senators in the 2020-21 season

Edmonton’s high scoring pair continued to celebrate the final North Division team Draisaitl now has 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) against the Senators this season, while McDavid has 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) against Ottawa

McDavid and Draisaitl often center their own scoring lines, but they have proven to be a strong combination when put together

“It’s probably a different game than when I play in the center,” said Draisaitl. “We’re both just trying to play our game, to be effective and to play both ways, to be good in our own zone and out of it make a quick transition on the ice”He obviously speeds up the game a lot so it’s quick thinking and I think he’d probably tell you the same thing”

Senator striker Connor Brown scored in his fifth straight game, and striker Josh Norris continued his impressive rookie season with his 10th game Goal of the season and his second continued in as many games

Despite the defeat, the Senators gave the Oilers a tough game, and they got another shot at Edmonton at the series finale in Ottawa on Thursday night

“We played well,” said senatorial coach DJ Smith. “Your goalkeeper made some really great saves on the track. Chabby (defender Thomas Chabot) looked really good

“Should we have a point? I don’t know. But I really would have liked to have held them on two (goals) there”

Senators goalkeeper Marcus Hogberg made his first start since February, looking solid for Ottawa, making 31 stops Mikko Koskinen stopped 28 shots for Edmonton

The Oilers (24-14-2) moved past idle Winnipeg to second place in the North Division. The Senators fell to 13-23-4

Though the teams are leaning in different directions, Oilers trainer Dave Tippett expects a strong reaction from Ottawa on Thursday

“Ottawa is working,” Tippett said, “If you’re not ready to work, you’re going to be left behind. They drag you into the game”

The Senators worked to contain the Oilers’ counterattack, but gave Edmonton’s heavy power play a chance to go to work when Artem Zub was asked to interfere after stopping Draisaitl in the Ottawa Zone

Edmonton let the Senators pay when Draisaitl opened the scoring at 12:18 p.m. in the first half after taking a pass from McDavid and firing the puck past Hogberg

Ottawa tied the game 25 seconds into the second half. Chabot took his own rebound and fed the puck in front of the Edmonton net, and Norris picked up his stick and laid it past Koskinen

McDavid and Draisaitl reunited shortly after a penalty expired for Josh Archibald. McDavid sent a brisk pass to Draisaitl deep in Ottawa’s Zone.The German star wired the puck past Hogberg from a tight angle

“This is a shot few people in the world can do, and he’s one of them,” said McDavid

Again Ottawa tied the game with a goal early in the period. Brown took a pass from Mike Reilly and scored a well-placed shot just under the bar 1:02 in the third

“Sometimes you build up a bit of confidence and some go in,” said Smith of Brown’s streak. “I mean, he was snakebite for a while and now everything he shoots goes in. Sometimes you just have to drive the series”

McDavid restored leadership of the Oilers after a period of sustained pressure in Edmonton when he slipped past Chirs Tierney and picked up the puck for his 23rd of the year pushed past Hogberg

Draisaitl scored in his 22nd Gate and his 10th Place an empty goal in eight games against the Senators

It was Ottawa’s first game since appointing Zac Bierk as goalkeeping coach and placing Pierre Groulx in a scouting and development role, General Manager Pierre Dorion said a number of Ottawa’s goalkeeping performances this season have been “overwhelming”

The Senators last entered the game in the NHL with goals per game, averaging 372

Ottawa has used five goalkeepers this season – Matt Murray, Joey Daccord, Hogberg, Filip Gustavsson and Anton Forsberg

Hogberg started for the first time since a February 18 game against Toronto when he suffered a lower body injury after just five shots.He looked good early on with 16 saves in the first period, including stops at McDavid and Draisaitl during an Oilers- Power play late in the first

NOTES: The season finale between the Oilers and Senators was originally scheduled for Friday but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation of the Vancouver Canucks as part of NHL juggling Edmonton has scored points in eight of its last nine games (6- 1-2) Ottawa have lost four of their last five after two games against Calgary. Brown’s streak is the longest of his NHL career

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