Sonny Milano had an ideal debut with the Anaheim Ducks.
Milano netted the winning goal in overtime and finished with two goals, leading the Ducks to a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Milano became the 10th player in National Hockey League history to score an overtime goal in their first game with a franchise.
Nicolas Deslauriers and Adam Henrique also scored for the Ducks, who snapped a five-game losing streak.
Ennis will wear his usual No. 63, but Athanasiou will swap out 72 for 28 with the Oilers. Mike Smith took the loss, falling to 17-10-6 on the year after allowing all 4 goals on 21 shots faced in the losing effort. He delivered the deciding power-play tally at 2:05 of overtime off a pass from Adam Henrique. The puck immediately went to Henrique on the wing and he put a firm pass right on Milano's stick for the victor.
Anthony Mantha scored for Detroit, which became the first team this season to be eliminated from playoff contention. I'd give him a Grade of "A" for his work today. You? "I just tapped it in". "We kept battling, kept pushing, even after they tied it up".
Naturally, one such inquiry was regarding the status of head coach Jeff Blashill, who has been feeling the heat from fans for some time now.
"We're getting him for two more years after this one". He forced a turnover deep in the Oilers' zone, sent the puck toward the goal and poked it into the left side of the net.
"Obviously, you see his speed and skill and it can be a difference maker out there so it was nice to have that injected in the lineup", Henrique said of his new teammate.
Gagner, 30, has collected 163 goals and 295 assists in 838 career games with the Oilers, Arizona Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks. It was his fourth goal of the season. McDavid earned a secondary assist on the goal, Ennis' 15th.
NY had scored only two goals in its previous four games, but Eberle got hot against the Red Wings, who have yielded more goals than any team in the league. Anaheim tied the game in the opening minute of the 3rd before Karlsson struck twice in less than five minutes to complete his hat trick and give Vegas a 5-3 lead. Heinen was acquired in a trade from the Boston Bruins on Monday.
"He closed quick. I thought he defended well, " NY coach Barry Trotz said of Toews.
"We held our breath just because he went into the boards so awkwardly there", Eakins said. I'm not sure what it was. "I really liked playing with them". "That's a big point for us".
The Oilers will still have their first-rounder at the June draft in Montreal, then won't pick again until the fifth as it stands now, unless Holland can acquire some other draft picks, maybe dangling Jesse Puljujarvi's rights. NY called up LW Otto Koivula and LW Andrew Ladd from AHL Bridgeport.
Previous year the Oilers would get behind and they'd have a near impossible time coming back in games because the forwards were too slow as a group.