Edmonton Oilers slip past Ottawa Senators to sweep season series

Mike Smith made 39 saves as the Edmonton Oilers outlasted the Ottawa Senators for a 3-1 win Thursday night.

“I knew on a back-to-back, going in, I just needed to make some timely saves in there for our group,” Smith said. “And we were able to get that second one and get ahead, but yeah, they were coming at us pretty good tonight.”

LISTEN BELOW: Mike Smith

Smith runs his record to 14-3-2 with a .922 save percentage. The Oilers conclude their season series with the Sens having won all nine games.

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The Oilers went ahead with nine minutes remaining in the second period. Kailer Yamamato stormed the crease and whapped a loose puck past goaltender Anton Forsberg for a power play goal.

Connor Brown evened it up late in the period, scoring for the sixth straight game.

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With 7:02 to go in the third, Devin Shore tipped home Caleb Jones’ point shot to put the Oilers ahead. It was Shore’s second goal in the last three games.

“Winning’s a lot more fun, and if you can chip in in a win, all the better,” Shore said after the game.

LISTEN BELOW: Devin Shore

The Senators made a final push, pulling Forsberg for an extra attacker with 2:52 remaining, but Jesse Puljujarvi sealed it with an empty netter with 9.6 ticks on the clock.

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The Oilers were without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who took a high hit from Thomas Chabot late in the game on Wednesday.

“He’s day to day with an upper body injury right now,” head coach Dave Tippett said. “We’ll reevaluate him tomorrow (Friday) in Calgary.”

LISTEN BELOW: Dave Tippett

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The Oilers, 25-14-2, will play in Calgary on Saturday. They’re not expected to play after that until Saturday, April 17.

Their games on Monday and Wednesday against Vancouver will be postponed because of the Canucks COVID cases.

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