Ducks can’t hold back Evander Kane and Edmonton Oilers in loss
It wasn’t until his ninth NHL season that Evander Kane got his first hat trick.
Since then, he’s been making up for lost time.
The Edmonton left wing picked up his second hat trick of the season and the eighth of his career as the Oilers got back to their winning ways Friday night by rallying for a 5-3 victory over the Ducks.
“I was hoping I would get one at one point,” said Kane, who has 18 goals this season. “It’s nice coming out of the break, getting on the board early and getting ready for the second half of the season.”
Kane is in his 15th season. He’s tied for fourth-most hat tricks in the league since getting his first one on March 16, 2018, with the San José Sharks.
Troy Terry tied it with 1:01 left in regulation and assisted on Frank Vatrano’s goal in OT as Ducks defeat the Sharks.
He has five in the regular season in his three years with the Oilers.
Kane had a pair of second-period goals and finished off the hat trick with an empty-netter at 18:50 of the third. It was the first time in 36 career games against the Ducks that Kane scored more than one goal.
Ducks goaltender Lukas Dostal came in for the final period after John Gibson sustained a lower-body injury.
Leon Draisaitl scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third and the Oilers scored three times in the final 12 minutes to overcome a 3-2 deficit.
Edmonton coach Kris Knoblauch put Draisaitl and Corey Perry on the same line.
“I think what we expected was how well they would be in the offensive zone,” Knoblauch said. “Controlling pucks, not being able to be knocked off, finding each other in the slot, and just being able to possess the puck down there and make some plays.”
Zach Hyman scored his team-leading 31st goal in the third to tie it 3-3. Connor McDavid had three assists to extend his point streak to five games.
Calvin Pickard stopped 24 shots and won his fifth straight start in net.
Edmonton, which had a 16-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night at Vegas, has not lost consecutive games since mid-December.
Anaheim’s Ryan Strome had the 13th two-goal game of his 11-year career and his first since April 19, 2022, with the New York Rangers.
“Nice to get on the scoresheet, but a frustrating game. I think that we deserved a little bit better of a fate. I thought we worked really hard. I thought we did a lot of good things,” Strome said. “They’re finding ways to win and if you give that team a power play in the third period, it’s more often than not going to be a goal.”
Cam Fowler had a goal and an assist, and Adam Henrique and Frank Vatrano both had two assists for the Ducks. Henrique extended his point streak to seven games.
Dostal made eight saves. Gibson allowed two goals and made 19 saves.
Strome gave the Ducks a 3-2 advantage at 3:20 of the third on the power play with a shot from the left circle for his eighth.
Hyman, tied for sixth in the NHL in goals, redirected McDavid’s shot past Dostal at 8:41 to even it 3-3.
Draisaitl put the Oilers ahead on the power play on a one-timer from McDavid at 10:09. It was his 24th of the season and 13th in the last 11 games versus the Ducks.
Up next for the Ducks: Begin a four-game trip against Montreal on Tuesday.