Derek Ryan outshines NHL’s top scorers with hat trick in Oilers’ win over Panthers

Derek Ryan scored his first NHL hat trick as the Edmonton Oilers snapped their two-game losing streak, beating the hometown Florida Panthers 4-3 on Saturday.

After goalie Mikko Koskinen denied Mason Marchment’s shot on a 3-on-1 break near the end of the second period, Ryan tapped in a pass from Evander Kane for the hat trick and a 4-2 lead.

Leon Draisaitl netted his team-leading 36th goal, and Connor McDavid had two assists for Edmonton, which is 6-2 under new coach Jay Woodcroft.

Koskinen made 44 saves, including a key point-blank stop of Carter Verhaeghe on a breakaway midway through the third period, and a glove save on Aleksander Barkov with 4:22 remaining.

Barkov scored twice, Anton Lundell produced a goal, and Anthony Duclair had two assists for the Panthers, who have lost three consecutive games for the second time this season. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 18 shots after posting a 40-save shutout in Edmonton on Jan. 20.

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Derek Ryan nets hat-trick in Oilers’ win over Panthers

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Ryan almost doubled his goal total for the year, scoring his 5th, 6th and 7th in Edmonton’s 4-3 win over Florida. 0:51

In their first meeting in South Florida since February 2020, Edmonton’s offence could not get on track early and did not have its first shot until McDavid put one on goal at 9:43.

Between-the-skates assist

But 31 seconds later Ryan put the visitors up 1-0 when he finished an odd-man rush, taking a pass from Warren Foegele and beating Bobrovsky.

Florida evened it when its third line scored at 11:50. Frank Vatrano fed a pass between his skates to Lundell, who got his 12th from in tight.

The hosts grabbed their first lead on the game’s opening power play, with Barkov pushing in a goal off a rebound of Duclair’s shot.

Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was injured in the first period and did not return.

In the second period, Ryan’s second goal knotted the game at 2, and Draisaitl’s power-play goal put the Oilers up for the second time.

Barkov’s team-leading 25th on the power play cut it to 4-3 with just over four minutes to go.

Both teams are on five-game sets. Edmonton will play three more on the road: at Carolina, Philadelphia and Chicago. The Panthers will round out their five-game homestand with matches against Ottawa and Detroit.

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