SUNRISE, Florida – Adam Larsson scored his first goal since last February, Leon Draisaitl added an insurance goal seconds later in the third period and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Saturday evening.
Darnell Nurse and Kailer Yamamoto had empty goals in the last two minutes for the Oilers, who have won three of their last four games.
It was the sixth loss in the last seven games for the Panthers, who have been 2-6-1 since the All-Star break. Florida had started the break with a winning streak of six games.
Edmonton's goalkeeper Mikko Koskinen scored 33 saves, while backup netminder Sam Montembeault stopped 25 of 27 shots for Florida.
Larsson's first goal since February 19, 2019 gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead at the 15:14 first-half mark with a one-timer from the blue line.
Home of the oilers
Stream all 82 Oilers games this season with Sportsnet NOW. Get over 500 non-blackout NHL games, including Hockey Night in Canada, all outdoor games, the All Star game, the Stanley Cup 2020 playoffs, and more.
This score was supported by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who has scored in 12 of his last 14 games. Nugent-Hopkins has been annoying with 13 points in his last 14 games against the Panthers.
Draisaitl's insurance balance sheet on a wide open right side against a Montembeault outside of the position only entered the third period for 13 seconds. It was the 33rd goal of the season for Draisaitl, who has eight points in his last four games.
Draisaitl went to the top of the NHL with 90 points.
The Panthers reduced the deficit to 2: 1 at 8:45 a.m. in the third period when Jonathan Huberdeau scored his 21st goal.
With his support for Huberdeau's goal, Captain Aleksander Barkov moved up to second place in the history of the Panthers in the (250) assists.
Edmonton almost hit in the middle of the first half, but Alex Chiasson's breakaway shot glanced from Montembault's stick blade.
Florida got a fright five minutes after the start of the second half when Barkov left the game after being blinded by Edmonton's Matt Benning against the boards. Barkov returned to the bench a few minutes later.
After the Barkov incident, things got a little difficult. After Noel Acciari mistaken it for Benning, Josh Brown and Larsson of the Panthers dropped their gloves on the ice in the middle. Both received five-minute majors.
NOTES: Edmonton RW Zack Kassian started his seven-game suspension on Thursday after kicking Tampa Bay defender Erik Cernak. … Oilers C and former panther Riley Sheehan played in his 500th NHL game. … The Panthers celebrated the second anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in Parkland with a pre-game ceremony on Friday.
Oilers: Visit Carolina on Sunday afternoon.
Panther: Visit San Jose on Monday afternoon.