Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Joffrey Lupul netted the tying goal with 31 seconds left in regulation while Dave Bolland buried the game-winning score in overtime to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers Saturday at Air Canada Centre.
Devan Dubnyk saved a shot by Cody Franson but Bolland recovered the puck and slammed it from 21 feet at 2:09 of overtime to give the Leafs (4-1-0) their second straight victory.
Lupul and James van Riemsdyk scored two goals each, Nazem Kadri had one while Jonathan Bernier had 26 saves as the Maple Leafs ruined Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins’ homecoming to his former organization.
Dubnyk tallied 20 saves while the Oilers got two goals from Ryan Smyth and one each from Jordan Eberle, Boyd Gordon and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The loss was the second straight for the Oilers, who dropped to last in the Pacific Division with a 1-3-1 record.
In the first, Bernier got tangled up behind his net with Eberle while playing a loose puck. Mark Arcobello then scooped up the puck and passed it to Ryan Smyth, whose deflection gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead at 5:21 of the first period.
At the 9:47 mark, Kadri tied the game with a shot over Dubnyk’s far-side shoulder. Kadri’s goal, assisted by Mason Raymond and Edmonton native Dion Phaneuf, was his second score of the season.
Van Riemsdyk scored on the power play to take a 2-1 lead at 15:26 but Nugent-Hopkins notched a power-play goal to tie the game anew.
In the second, Bernier saved an attempt by David Perron but the latter hacked the loose puck to the stick of Gordon, who finished the play to give the Oilers a 3-2 advantage.
The Leafs replied at 5:20 when Kadri freed the puck from the boards to Lupul, who beat Dubnyk to the punch to knot the game at three goals apiece.
After an exchange of goals early in the third, Smyth put the Oilers ahead with his second goal of the game at 11:27.
However, Lupul scored from the face-off dot to send the contest to extra time.