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EDMONTON Adidas Andrej Sustr Jersey , Alberta (AP) Connor McDavid brought the Edmonton Oilers back from a late deficit and delivered a victory.The defending NHL MVP scored with 1:50 to play in the third period, and then won it in the shootout as the Oilers edged the New York Islanders 2-1 on Thursday night.”He just takes over the game when he wants to,” said Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, who made 30 saves. ”He has that ability on any given night. In a one-goal game, that is who you want on the ice. You know he is going to do something special at some point.”He never ceases to amaze.”With the Oilers trailing 1-0, McDavid ended Christopher Gibson’s shutout bid when he banked a shot off of New York defenseman Brandon Davidson and into the net for his career-high 31st goal of the season.”He is such a difference maker,” Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse said. ”When we need a big goal, he always seems to get one. Night-in and night-out, he is making differences like that.”McDavid was hooked on a breakaway three minutes into overtime and was awarded a penalty shot, but hit the post on the attempt.He made up for the miss in the shootout.”We got the win and that is all that matters,” McDavid said. ”It would have been nice to score on that opportunity in overtime, but we’ll take the shootout win.”New York’s Jordan Eberle also came close in overtime, but Talbot came across to make a pad save.Thomas Hickey had the lone goal for the Islanders Adidas Alex Galchenyuk Jersey , who have lost eight straight – their longest skid in more than four seasons.”It’s a tough way to lose a hockey game, because for the most part we are in control and we are playing good hockey,” Davidson said. ”It would be nice to get on a roll, but it’s tough one tonight with that bounce.”The game marked the return to Edmonton for Eberle, who was dealt by the Oilers for forward Ryan Strome on June 22, 2017.There was no scoring in the first period, with the Islanders putting nine shots on Talbot and Edmonton sending seven on Gibson, who made just his second start of the season and was playing in the sixth game of his NHL career.The game remained scoreless through 40 minutes, with Edmonton taking a 22-17 edge in shots.The Islanders broke the scoreless deadlock 1:54 into the third period after the Oilers got sloppy in their own zone, allowing Hickey to get in tight and score, picking the top corner with a backhand shot for his fourth of the season.NOTES: It was the second and final meeting between the teams this season. Edmonton won the first contest 2-1 win in overtime in November. … The Islanders were missing several players, including Nikolay Kulemin (upper body), Shane Prince (upper body) Adidas Barrett Hayton Jersey , Calvin de Haan (upper body) and Thomas Greiss (lower body). … Edmonton defenseman Adam Larsson returned to the lineup after missing three games while attending his father’s funeral in Sweden.UP NEXTIslanders: at Calgary on Sunday.Oilers: vs. Minnesota on Saturday. ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Shortly before he walked outside Friday at Navy’s Memorial Stadium, Mike Babcock said: ”Hang on to your hat.”Babcock’s Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals might want to hang on to everything with high wind in the forecast for Saturday night’s outdoors Stadium Series game at the U.S. Naval Academy. The storm knocking out power and disrupting travel up and down the East Coast forced both teams to practice indoors Friday, where they were left to contemplate what sustained winds of 15-20 mph and gusts as high as 32 mph might have on their game.”I have no idea,” Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak said. ”Hopefully we’re skating with the wind more than we are against it.”The wind is enough of a factor that the game could be postponed to Sunday. The glass had to be removed from the on-field rink because of safety concerns.The NHL has played 24 previous regular-season outdoor games and this one could easily see the worst conditions when it comes to wind. Temperatures just above freezing would not rank it among the coldest, but there are concerns how the wind could make a real difference.”I haven’t played in anywhere it’s been super windy,” said Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk, who will be taking part in his fifth outdoor game. ”It’ll definitely make a unique dynamic, I know. It seems like in today’s game there’s lots of high flips and stuff like that, so it’ll be interesting to see how the puck reacts getting flipped in the air and a gust of wind comes up.”Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby thinks strong wind would only possibly affect dump-ins or high flips of the puck and that it could make it difficult for players to keep their eyes open when it’s head on. Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen is more concerned for the skaters – and that’s a shared concern.”If you have a turnover and you’ve got to backcheck, that’s probably when it’s going to be a little tough,” Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said.NHL players are more accustomed to climate-controlled arenas – a long way from their younger days when playing on frozen ponds or lakes meant dealing with the conditions.”It won’t feel good on your body, that’s for sure Adidas Michael Grabner Jersey ,” Toronto forward Mitch Marner said. ”It probably won’t help with the puck or anything like that.”Capitals coach Barry Trotz was more worried when the wind rumbled around trees outside his house Thursday night and joked about a coin toss to pick directions like a football game.Previous outdoor games have included teams changing ends at the 10-minute mark of the third period to negate an unfair wind advantage. At the least, that’s likely, and players are prepared for the wind even though they don’t know exactly what it’ll do.”The wind wouldn’t be ideal, but part of playing these games is you have to deal with the weather,” Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly said. ”She was a little windy out there (Friday), but hopefully she clears up a little bit for us.”Rielly, who played outdoors on New Year’s Day in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 2014 and again in Toronto in 2017, figures wind would be more difficult to deal with than snow. But the 23-year-old has a sunny disposition about wacky weather.”It definitely has an impact on the game,” Rielly said. ”But that’s all part of the experience. Players, two teams have to deal with it. It’s not going to change the game plan or anything. It’s just going to make it a little bit more difficult and it might be kind of fun.”—

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