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Oilers defeated the Golden Knights 5-1 in Game 2


LAS VEGAS –

Connor McDavid scored twice, including one narrowly, for the Edmonton Oilers in Saturday’s 5-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights to win their playoff series.

McDavid also had an assist on the night scoring three points at T-Mobile Arena.

His teammate Leon Draisaitl scored twice for goals in his 12th and 13th NHL-leading playoffs this season.

The record for playoff goals in a single season is 19, jointly held by Philadelphia Flyer Reggie Leach (1976) and Oiler Jari Kurri (1985).

The best final of the seven Pacific teams moved to Edmonton for Monday’s Game 3 and Wednesday’s Game 4.

Game 5 returns on Friday in Las Vegas. The Knights opened the scoring series 6-4.

Oilers defender Evan Bouchard scored a power play and provided an assist for two others.

Edmonton won 3 to 6 with the lead and drew the Knights goalless after three power play opportunities.

Edmonton’s Zach Hyman was an effective troublemaker before the Vegas fold. The forward has contributed a few assists just like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Oilers goalkeeper Stuart Skinner made 30 saves in the win, including a save by Chandler Stephenson on the breakaway midway through the second half.

The Knights took a five-goal lead when Ivan Barbashev scored early in the third half.

Knights goalkeeper Laurent Brossoit was swapped for Adin Hill late in the second half after Edmonton’s fifth goal from 26 shots. Hill turned away four of the four shots with relief.

Barbashev made a Mark Stone backhand pass from the air and overtook Skinner at 1:36 of the third round to score Barbashev’s third goal in two games.

McDavid scored the second of the game and the third of Edmonton’s power play at 11:43 of the second half.

The captain shot a sharp corner shot through a small gap between Brossoit and his right post to give McDavid his fifth in the playoffs.

The game was beyond Vegas’ reach, a skirmish involving all players on ice broke out late in the second half.

Edmonton’s Evander Kane punched Knights winger Keegan Kolesar several times during that match resulting in five minor penalties, two main penalties and Kane’s misconduct.

Kane and Kolesar got tangled up again with just over five minutes left in the third half when Kolesar fouled.

The Oilers took a 4-0 lead after first time thanks to powerful goals from Draisaitl and Bouchard, a short hand from McDavid and a second goal from Draisaitl.

McDavid appeared to be checking his left ankle or foot after slipping at the end of the first half, but this season’s NHL top scorer continues to be a thorn in the side for the Vegas defence.

Vegas challenged Draisaitl’s second goal because of goalkeeper intervention, but Knights defender Nicolas Hague pushed Hyman into Brossoi when Draisaitl shot the ball into an empty net.

Kyler Yamamoto worked hard in front of Draisaitl’s goal to collect his own bounce from the back panel and circled behind the net to pass to his teammate at 16:17.

McDavid knocked the ball off Knights defender Shea Theodore at the green line and sent it into the Vegas net, where McDavid shoved it to the left of Brossoi at 11:11 for a short-handled goal.

The Knights missed a small penalty for losing in the challenge on Draisaitl’s second goal, but Edmonton’s power play took its toll with a pair of goals.

Bouchard scored on a long shot at 7:01. Draisaitl on the right of Brossoi hit the keeper at 2:12.

PLAY IN THE ROUND: Draisaitl extended his playoff streak to eight games with 13 goals and 4 assists.

Bouchard had the fifth most points in these knockouts and ended up having a point in all eight (three goals, 12 assists).

The 23-year-old leads the NHL after the season in terms of power-play points with 13 points.

McDavid contributed in seven straight games with five goals and 10 assists after he was dropped from the scoresheet in the series opener against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Knights’ Stone extended its scoring streak to six games with four goals and seven assists in that span.

NOTE: Edmonton’s power play was 14 to 24 until post-season. … Oilers were excluded from winger Mattias Janmark in Game 2 with Derek Ryan back on the roster. Janmark fell back on the board in Game 1. … Phil Kessel was the Knight’s card for the third game in a row. …The Knights said 18,504 at T-Mobile on Saturday was the highest attendance since April 16, 2019.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 6, 2023.

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