The Edmonton Oilers scored late in the third and early in overtime to snatch a 4-3 victory from the Florida Panthers Monday night at Rogers Place.
The Panthers jumped in front before the game was four-minutes old. Matthew Tkachuk was left alone in front of Oilers netminder Stuart Skinner and had two cracks at the puck for his 10th.
Connor McDavid had a glorious chance to tie it on a two-man advantage, but Panthers goaltender Spencer Knight shot out his right leg for the denial.
The Oilers tied it up on the power play in the second.
After Florida failed to convert a three-on-two, Zach Hyman fired a long pass ahead to McDavid, who went to the backhand on a breakaway for his 17th.
The Oilers went ahead 5:18 into the third. Brett Kulak’s point shot caromed to Tyson Barrie, who tapped in his fourth.
The Panthers tied with 9:02 left when Anton Lundell knifed a pass past Skinner.
Panthers defenceman Brandon Montour then scored on the power play with 4:44 left. The Oilers challenged that Tkachuk had kept the play alive by contacting the puck with a high stick, but after review the officials ruled his stick was not above shoulder height.
With Skinner on the bench for an extra attacker, Oilers defenceman Evan Bouchard popped a shot past Knight to even it up with 4.4 seconds on the clock.
Leon Draisaitl flicked in a pass from McDavid on a two-on-one to end it 22 seconds into the extra session.
Knight made 36 saves while Skinner stopped 25. Hyman had three assists.
The Oilers (12-10) will play the Blackhawks in Chicago on Wednesday. You can listen to live coverage of the game on 630 CHED, beginning with The Faceoff Show at 6 p.m. The actual game starts at 7:30 p.m.
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