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McDavid extends goal streak as Oilers beat Wild

Minnesota has now lost 2 consecutive games

Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on a shot by Edmonton Oilers forward James Hamblin (57) on Dec. 9, 2022, in Edmonton, Alberta.
Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on a shot by Edmonton Oilers forward James Hamblin (57) on Dec. 9, 2022, in Edmonton, Alberta.
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EDMONTON, Alberta — Ryan-Nugent Hopkins had a goal and two assists and Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each a goal and an assist to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

Derek Ryan and Kailer Yamamoto also scored for the Oilers, who won for the sixth time in their past eight games.

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McDavid scored for the seventh straight game. He has nine goals and 10 assists during an eight-game point streak, and he leads the NHL with 54 points.

Minnesota's Kirill Kaprizov failed to score -- ending his team-record streak of consecutive games with a goal at seven -- but his second-period assist extended his franchise-record points streak to 14 games.

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The Wild, who outshot Edmonton 44-38, received 33 saves from Marc-Andre Fleury. Stuart Skinner turned aside 42 shots for the Oilers.

Trailing 2-1 entering the second period, the Wild tied the game on the power play. Kaprizov centered a pass to Zuccarello, who wristed a shot past Skinner at the 6:22 mark, with Jared Spurgeon also assisting.

Yamamoto deflected Nurse's shot past Fleury for his first goal of the season to give Edmonton a 3-2 lead with 7:06 left in the second period. Cody Ceci also assisted.

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Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi (13) chases Minnesota Wild defensemen Alex Goligoski (33) around the net on Dec. 9, 2022, in Edmonton, Alberta.
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Draisaitl's power-play goal off assists from Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid made it 4-2 at the 3:43 mark of the third period.

Nugent-Hopkins scored an empty-net goal with nine seconds left off assists from Draisaitl and Zach Hyman to provide the final margin.

The Oilers took an early 1-0 lead when Devin Shore centered a pass to Ryan, who smacked it past Fleury from just a few feet away at the 2:45 mark of the first period. Devin Shore also assisted on the play.

Edmonton stuck on the power play a little more than six minutes later.

After getting the puck from Tyson Barrie, Nugent-Hopkins slid a cross-ice pass to McDavid, who roofed a one-timer into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead at 8:59.

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Eriksson Ek made it 2-1 when he intercepted Nurse's pass from behind Edmonton's goal and wristed a forehand past Skinner from just a few feet away with 9:36 left in the first period.

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