The Edmonton Oilers continued their dominant run, hammering the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 on Wednesday night, extending their winning streak to five games. The victory marked the Oilers’ second in as many days, solidifying their position as a serious contender in the Western Conference.
Zach Hyman stole the show, securing his second hat trick of the season. His offensive prowess and the Oilers’ early offensive onslaught proved too much for the Hurricanes to overcome.
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“I thought it was a real mature effort tonight,” said Warren Foegele, Oilers forward. “We pot two goals quick, and then we stayed with it. We weren’t cheating for offence after that lead – just solid team checking.”
The Oilers wasted no time, scoring two goals in the first 41 seconds. Ryan McLeod capitalized on a pass from Foegele just 28 seconds into the game, followed by Mattias Ekholm tapping home a feed from Connor McDavid. Hyman then took over, scoring two goals in the first period to chase Carolina goalie Pyotr Kochetkov.
The Oilers continued their offensive pressure in the second period, with Leon Draisaitl scoring his 21st goal. Evander Kane added the final nail in the coffin with an empty-netter in the closing minutes.
Despite the lopsided score, the Hurricanes scored a late consolation goal through Andrei Svechnikov. However, it was too late as the Oilers cruised to their fifth consecutive victory.
“We just have to learn from this one and move on,” said Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour. “We’re still a good team but need to improve.”
The Oilers will look to continue their hot streak on Saturday when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Hurricanes will try to bounce back on Friday night against the Calgary Flames.