Oilers 4, Senators 2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Boyd Devereaux scored three goals for the first time in his career Friday night to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Devereaux broke a 2-2 tie 2:04 into the third, tapping a Georges Laraque pass between Patrick Lalime’s legs to give Edmonton the lead.
Devereaux added some insurance with just over two minutes to play when he converted an Ethan Moreau pass from a crowd in front of the net.
Tom Poti also scored for the Oilers, who trail the Colorado Avalanche by two points in the race for first place in the Northwest Division.
Daniel Alfredsson and Rob Zamuner scored for the Senators, who have lost two of their last three after going undefeated in seven straight. Ottawa remains second in the Northeast Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.
Edmonton hasn’t lost to Ottawa in more than six years. It is 7-0-3 against the Senators since a 4-3 loss on Jan. 18, 1994.
After a scoreless first period, the teams exploded for three goals in an 87-second span in the second.
Poti, who also had two assists, gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead with a shot that skipped past Lalime.
Alfredsson tied the score 46 seconds later, redirecting Wade Redden’s shot from the point on a power play.
Devereaux put the Oilers back in front just 21 seconds later, when he turned in a short feed from Laraque a turnover deep in the Senators’ zone.
Zamuner pulled the Senators even with just more than seven minutes to play in the second, deflecting Vaclav Prospal’s tight-angle shot over Tommy Salo.