BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock says he wasn’t thanking his lucky stars when the Buffalo Sabres muffed two chances to score into an open net in the final eight minutes of Edmonton’s 4-3 win on Monday night.
Instead, Hitchcock began believing the bad bounces the Oilers experienced during a 1-8-2 slump were finally evening out.
And yes, that included hanging on for the win despite Oilers star Connor McDavid missing an open net in the final minute of a game Edmonton overcame a 3-1 deficit.
“I’m just proud of the way the guys responded,” Hitchcock said of a team that’s won three straight in closing out a five-game trip. “We didn’t put our second foot on the bus. We dug in and played and competed, and it’s a good sign for the team for now.”
The Oilers scored three times over the final 3:31 of the second period, with Kyle Brodziak credited with the go-ahead goal with five seconds remaining. He was driving to the front of the net, when Adam Larsson’s shot from the left point deflected in off his skate.
Leon Draisaitl scored his team-leading 41st and added an assist, to extend his…