EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—The Edmonton Oilers were relieved they didn’t have
“Seven overtimes—that’s enough,” Radek Dvorak said after scoring to spark the second-period rally that lifted the Oilers to a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators, snapping Edmonton’s NHL-record consecutive overtime streak atseven games.
“It’s been tough for us mentally and physically,” Ethan Moreau said about the streak, which began on Feb. 29 and broke the record of five straightovertime games set by seven teams on eight occasions.
“It was good for us to hold onto the lead tonight,” added Moreau, who followed Dvorak’s tying goal midway through the second period with the go-ahead goal 45 seconds later. “Especially against that team. They’re pretty intimidating up front.”
Raffi Torres scored later in the second period for the Oilers, 3-0-2-3 in their last eight games for a total of 11 points.
The Oilers, whose last regulation win was a 7-2 victory in Phoenix on Feb. 27, remained 10th in the Western Conference, five points behind Los Angeles and the final playoff spot.
Martin Havlat had the lone goal for the Senators, 3-4 in their last seven
“We played pretty good in the first, but we knew we didn’t have the energy we had last night,” said Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson, whose team won 3-1 in Vancouver on Saturday night. “They played well. They played more desperately than us.
“For a tired hockey club, you’ve got to keep it more simple than we didtonight.”
Trailing 1-0, Edmonton scored two quick goals and added a power-play goal six minutes later to take a 3-1 lead.
“Obviously, that was the turning point,” said Petr Nedved, who picked up a loose puck in the corner and centered it to Dvorak, who spun around and backhanded his 13th of the season over Martin Prusek’s pad to make it 1-1.
Moreau put Edmonton up 2-1 with his 17th goal. Georges Laraque passed the puck to Shawn Horcoff in the corner and Horcoff fed Moreau in front. Prusek stopped the first shot, but Moreau banged in his own rebound.
Horcoff’s assist extended his scoring streak to five games.
“Right after we made it 2-1, they came back,” Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said about the play. “Ty made an unbelievable save. If it’s 2-2 it’s a different hockey game. That really energized our bench.”
Torres made it 3-1 with his 20th and fifth power-play goal of the season. His bad angle shot, from just above the goal line, hit Prusek and trickled into the net.
Nedved picked up an assist on the goal, his second of the game. He scored twice in Edmonton’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.
Havlat opened the scoring with his 28th of the season in the first period. Wade Redden’s shot went wide and bounced off the end boards. Jason Spezza centered the rebound to Havlat, who picked the top left corner behind Conklin
“It’s not easy when you don’t have much offense,” said Alfredsson, “and they did a good job protecting their lead.”
^Notes: Oilers winger Ales Hemsky was a healthy scratch for the second straight game and center Mike York missed his third in a row with a finger injury. … Edmonton is 7-1-1-2 in its last 11 home games. … Ottawa defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn missed his seventh straight game with a groin strain. He’s day to day. … Prusek was unbeaten in six heading into Sunday’s game. … Alfredsson failed to earn a point, snapping his scoring streak (fourgoals, seven assists) at seven games.