On a night of historic moments for Anaheim Ducks players, it was the Edmonton Oilers who turned the recent past on its head.
Leon Draisaitl had a hand in all three regulation goals as the Oilers battled back from three one-goal deficits, knocking off Anaheim 4-3 on Teddy Purcell's overtime game-winning goal Wednesday night at Honda Center.
Corey Perry scored a pair of goals, including his 300th with the Ducks to tie Paul Kariya for second on the all-time franchise goal list. Shawn Horcoff recorded his 500th NHL point on a goal early in the third period, and Rickard Rakell returned to the Anaheim lineup after missing the past three games with an upper body injury.
The Ducks opened the game with a first period power play goal, as Perry continued his hot hand of late reaching the scoresheet for the sixth time in the last eight games and scoring in the third game of the last five. He took a Rakell feed at the right side of the net and tried to backhand a pass through his legs to the front of the net, only for it to redirect off the back of Oiler defenseman Darnell Nurse's skate and in for the 1-0 lead.
Draisaitl equalized for Edmonton in the second period in the waning seconds of a Hampus Lindholm interference minor. Nurse and Benoit Pouliot switched places with the puck up and down the far sideboards, with Pouliott waiting to thread a perfect pass through the slot. Draisaitl hammered a one-timer home short-side to even the affair through two. It was his first of a fourth multi-point night over six games since being called up back on October 29.
In the third period it took just under two minutes for Anaheim to leap back ahead, as Cam Fowler created a mismatch with his speed down low after jump in to the play. He spun back from the far corner behind the net, feeding for Horcoff to finish to the stick side for his second goal of the season.
Play opened up wildly just over three minutes later, as the teams traded three goals in the span of 2:41. First the Oilers leveled with a cannoning blast from the point by defenseman Oscar Klefbom to make it 2-2. 1:06 later Rakell gathered the puck along the end boards off a chip to him by Sami Vatanen, one-touching a pass to the slot where Perry made a surgical backhand-to-forehand-to-backhand move to push Anaheim back ahead.
It lasted for 1:35 ,as Josh Manson turned the puck over behind the net to Taylor Hall, who flipped it to Draisaitl at the far side of the net. Draisaitl one-handed a pass in front for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, quickly switching to the forehand and snapping home the 3-3 tally.
Anaheim kept the pressure up in the third period, piling up a 16-6 advantage in shots for the final frame and 37-27 for the game, but goalie Anders Nilsson was up to the task for the Oilers.
Nilsson's heady play on a Fowler chip in started the game-winning rush in three-on-three overtime, as he quickly covered and passed the puck with his trapper to Andrej Sekera wheeling from right to left around the net. A home run stretch pass found Purcell behind Rakell at the near wall Ducks blue line, who beat Andersen on the breakaway going to the backhand for the come from behind 4-3 final.
The Ducks (5-7-4) close the three game home stand this Friday night against the New York Islanders at 7PM, before heading off on a four game in six nights road trip to face Carolina, Nashville, Florida, and Tampa Bay.