Connor McDavid scored a slick goal, Mikko Koskinen made 35 saves and the Edmonton Oilers beat the league-worst Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Thursday night.

Sam Gagner, Colby Cave and Zack Kassian also scored for the Oilers, who stopped a two-game skid.

Chris Tierney and Mark Borowiecki scored for the Senators, who lost their sixth straight, and Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots in his ninth straight defeat.

Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (9) side-steps a hit from Edmonton Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson (6) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (9) side-steps a hit from Edmonton Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson (6) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

It was the first home game for Ottawa since Mark Stone was traded to Vegas, but thanks to McDavid the Senators had one of their biggest crowds of the season.

Edmonton was up two goals after two periods and took a 3-1 lead 1:46 into the third when Cave took advantage of a giveaway by Christian Jaros for his second of the season.

Ottawa made it a one-goal game when Borowiecki scored his first of the season at the seven-minute mark, but Kassian iced it for the Oilers with an empty-net goal.

Ottawa Senators center Chris Tierney (71) watches his shot go wide of the net past Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa Senators center Chris Tierney (71) watches his shot go wide of the net past Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Senators appeared to tie the game at 10:38, but the goal was waived off because Colin White knocked the puck down with a high stick before scoring.

Trailing 1-0, the Oilers tied it in the second when McDavid scored his 33rd of the season. McDavid dug the puck out of Oscar Lindberg’s skates and then beat Anderson high from in close with a deke to the forehand.

Edmonton took a 2-1 lead late in the period as Thomas Chabot left Gagner all alone. Gagner took a great pass from Ty Rattie for his fourth of the season.

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes a save under pressure from Edmonton Oilers' Colby Cave (12) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes a save under pressure from Edmonton Oilers’ Colby Cave (12) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Anderson was busy from the start, making a couple big saves on McDavid early on, but it was the Senators who scored first.

Tierney scored his first in 19 games as he came from behind the net, grabbed a loose puck in front and beat Koskinen through the legs.

NOTES: Rudolfs Balcers missed the game with an illness, while Christian Wolanin was a healthy scratch for the Senators. … Edmonton scratched Kevin Gravel, Alexander Petrovic and Kyle Brodziak.

Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) is tied up by Ottawa Senators' Ben Harpur (67) and teammate Cody Ceci during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) is tied up by Ottawa Senators’ Ben Harpur (67) and teammate Cody Ceci during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

UP NEXT

Oilers: Visit Columbus on Saturday.

Senators: At league-leading Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

Edmonton Oilers' Milan Lucic (27) collides with Ottawa Senators' Dylan DeMelo during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
Edmonton Oilers’ Milan Lucic (27) collides with Ottawa Senators’ Dylan DeMelo during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

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