EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Kailer Yamamoto scored the first of three straight goals by Edmonton, and the Oilers held off the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Monday night.
Alex Chiasson and Leon Draisaitl also scored for the Oilers, who improved to 5-0 against the Senators this season. Connor McDavid had two assists.
Evgenii Dadonov and Tim Stutzle scored for Ottawa (9-18-1). Thomas Chabot assisted on both goals.
The game was the first of three meetings this week between the teams, and part of a tough stretch for the Senators, who play seven games in 11 days.
The Oilers (16-11-0) jumped into second place in the North Division with the victory, a point ahead of Winnipeg.
After winning 4-3 in Calgary a night earlier, the Senators got off to a strong start. Dadonov got them on the board just 56 seconds in when he spun and fired past goalie Mikko Koskinen. It was the second time this season Ottawa scored in the opening minute.
Yamamoto tied it with a perfect redirect of a long shot by Darnell Nurse at 7:03 of the first period.
The Oilers took their first lead at 6:03 of the second on a power play when Chiasson beat Joey Daccord on a 2-on-1 for his fifth goal of the season.
Edmonton caught the Senators on a shift change to pad its lead at 14:41 of the second, when Draisaitl fired a quick snap shot inside the right post for his first goal in eight games, and 11th of the season.
Stutzle sent a shot over the shoulder of Koskinen at 17:57 of the second.
Daccord made a few excellent saves in the final minutes to keep the Senators in the game, but they couldn’t get the tying goal and fell to 0-6 this season in the second game of back-to-backs.
The teams play the second game of their three-game series on Wednesday. The finale is Friday.
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