Jonathan Marchessault scored his first two targets of the playoffs, Jack Eichel had a aim and an help, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 on Monday night time for a 2-1 lead of their second-round playoff collection.
Zach Whitecloud and Chandler Stephenson additionally scored for Vegas. Laurent Brossoit left in ache at 11:44 of the primary interval after turning away three of 4 photographs. He appeared to injure his left leg sliding throughout the crease. Adin Hill got here on and stopped all 25 photographs he noticed in reduction.
Warren Foegele scored the primary aim of the sport for Edmonton earlier than the Golden Knights countered with 5. Stuart Skinner was pulled within the second interval after giving up 4 targets on 23 photographs. Jack Campbell changed him and made 9 saves.
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Vegas Golden Knights’ Jonathan Marchessault (81) celebrates after his aim in opposition to the Edmonton Oilers with teammate Ivan Barbashev (49) throughout first-period NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff recreation motion in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Might 8, 2023. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press through AP)
Sport 4 of the best-of-seven collection is right here Wednesday night time, adopted by Sport 5 on Friday night time at Las Vegas.
The Golden Knights took the collection opener 6-4 earlier than falling 5-1 at dwelling.
Skinner was faraway from Sport 4 of Edmonton’s first-round collection in opposition to the Los Angeles Kings and the Oilers overcame a three-goal deficit to win in time beyond regulation with Campbell in web, however there was no comparable comeback this time.
Vegas vowed to spend extra time enjoying even-strength, and never give Edmonton’s vaunted energy play operating at 56 % the minutes it had in Sport 2. The Oilers went 0-for-2 with a person benefit within the recreation, whereas Vegas was 0 for 4.
Edmonton middle Leon Draisaitl, who got here in with 13 targets and 4 assists in eight playoff video games coming in, was held off the scoresheet for the primary time Oilers captain Connor McDavid additionally didn’t file some extent for the primary time because the collection opener in opposition to L.A.
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Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy needed extra puck possession than his group had in Sport 2, and the Golden Knights obliged.
They led 2-1 and outshot the Oilers 15-7 after 20 minutes, after which scored three extra targets within the second interval.
Vegas took a 3-1 lead at 7:25 when Whitecloud skated to the faceoff circle to Skinner’s left and wired a shot over the Edmonton goalie’s glove.
Eichel beat Skinner far facet with a wrist shot at 12:03, after Edmonton’s Evan Bouchard fell within the impartial zone to offer Eichel a lane. That gave the Golden Knights a three-goal lead and ended Skinner’s night time.
The Oilers acquired a aim overturned for goaltender interference, however Vegas struck once more inside 20 seconds of that problem when Nicolas Roy charged in from the wing and Stephenson transformed the rebound at 17:13.
Edmonton scored off the push 2:45 into the sport when Foegele redirected Derek Ryan’s go upstairs on Brossoit.
Eichel and Marchessault mixed at 4:44 to even the rating 1-1. Eichel gloved a pop fly and dropped the puck beside the crease. Within the ensuing flurry, Marchessault wrapped the puck round Skinner’s left pad.
Marchessault scored once more with 51 seconds left to place Vegas forward for good. Eichel carried the puck to the facet of the crease and backhanded a go to the slot for Marchessault to bury.
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Oilers ahead Zach Hyman was performed just some shifts after his leg collided with Vegas defenseman Nicolas Hague’s at 6:36.