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Eberle powers Oilers past Hurricanes 6-3

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jordan Eberle had two goals and an assist, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 on Friday night for their third consecutive victory.

Jesse Joensuu, Leon Draisaitl, Matt Hendricks and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for the Oilers, who have rebounded from a difficult start to the season. Ben Scrivens finished with 30 saves.

Riley Nash, Jeff Skinner and Jay Harrison had Carolina’s goals. The Hurricanes are the only winless team in the NHL, off to a franchise-worst 0-5-2 start.

Edmonton grabbed control with four goals in the third.

Eberle gave the Oilers a 3-2 lead at 4:26 when he used Taylor Hall as a screen to beat Anton Khudobin with a glove-slide slap shot on a power play. Carolina complained that there should have been a penalty on the play for Edmonton’s Benoit Pouliot for breaking his stick on a slash of Hurricanes defender Brett Bellemore, who then turned the puck over to Eberle.

The Hurricanes then tied it again 7:50 into the period. Scrivens got caught out of position after trying to play the puck behind the net, allowing Harrison to score on a wrist shot through traffic.

But Edmonton grabbed the lead for good on Draisaitl’s first NHL goal with 7:05 remaining. Draisaitl picked up his own rebound and sent a backhand into the net.

Draisaitl, the third-overall pick in the 2014 draft, was playing his eighth game with one more to go before the Oilers need to decide whether to keep him for the entire season or send him down to Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League.

Nugent-Hopkins added his third goal at 15:50, and Hendricks closed it out with an empty-netter.

Edmonton got the first goal of the game midway through the second period when Eberle picked off Harrison’s clearing pass and went in on for a 2-on-1, dishing it off to Hall before getting it back and scoring his first goal of the season.

Nash tipped a Justin Faulk point shot past Scrivens, and Skinner also scored as the teams headed to the third period tied at 2.

The Oilers play the fifth game of a season-long seven-game homestand against Montreal on Monday. The Hurricanes conclude a five-game trip in Vancouver on Tuesday.

NOTES: It was the first meeting of the season between the two teams. Edmonton won both games against Carolina last year. … The Hurricanes came into the game already having lost 24 man games to injury. With Eric Staal (upper body) and Jordan Staal (leg) out, Carolina’s top-line center has been former Oilers draft pick Riley Nash. Also out for Carolina were Patrick Dwyer (lower body), John-Michael Liles (lower body) and Nathan Gerbe (lower body). … Edmonton remained without the services of goalie Viktor Fasth (groin) and Luke Gazdic (shoulder).

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