Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers have looked awfully comfortable at home lately.
McDavid on Friday night had two goals and an assist, while Leon Draisaitl added three assists as the resurgent Oilers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1.
Mikko Koskinen made 31 saves and is 7-0-0 on home ice this season. Edmonton have won six straight at Rogers Place to improve to 10-4-1 at home.
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“You always want to make your own rink a tough building to play in,” Draisaitl said. “We have struggled with that a little bit the seasons before that. We have been really good at home of late and hopefully we can keep that going.”
Alex Chiasson and Adam Larsson also scored for the Oilers (18-12-3), who have won five of six overall and are 8-1-1 in their past 10 games. They moved to 9-2-2 under new coach Ken Hitchcock.
Sean Couturier was initially credited with Philadelphia’s goal before it was given to Jakub Voracek after the game. The Flyers (12-14-4) have lost three in a row and six of eight.
“We weren’t playing bad hockey, just a couple of mistakes here and there and it’s in the back of the net and you’re chasing again,” captain Claude Giroux said. “The third period we played great again, but we’re just chasing every game.”
Edmonton got on the board with more than seven minutes remaining in the first period when Draisaitl fed the puck in front to Chiasson, who beat goalie Anthony Stolarz for his career-high 14th goal of the season in his 27th game.
Chiasson’s previous best came in 2013-2014 over 79 games with Dallas.
The 28-year-old Montreal native won a Stanley Cup with Washington last season, but came to the Oilers on a training camp audition.
“When you win a [Stanley] Cup, it is a little surprising he didn’t have a deal or nothing,” McDavid said. “He came in on a PTO [professional tryout] and worked hard and earned a job and has been having a great year. I couldn’t be happier for him. He is a fun guy to play with. He has a knack for scoring and is finding a way to get open.”
The Oilers added to their lead at exactly the same point in the middle period when McDavid banked a shot from behind the net off Stolarz’s rear end for his 18th.
Just more than a minute later it was 3-0 when Larsson scored his first of the season on a shot from the top of the circle following a give-and-go with Ryan Spooner.
The Flyers ended Koskinen’s shutout bid midway through the third on a shot by Voracek that initially appeared to carom off Couturier into the net. Koskinen has shutouts in three of his seven home starts this season.
McDavid put the game away with an empty-netter.
In other games on Friday, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Boston Bruins 5-3, the New Jersey Devils edged the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 and the Ottawa Senators defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-2.
Elsewhere, the Arizona Coyotes edged the New York Rangers 4-3, the Washington Capitals outlasted the Carolina Hurricanes 6-5, the St Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 and Winnipeg Jets defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3.
Additional reporting by staff writer
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