Oilers improve to best in NHL 5-0 with win over Golden Knights – .

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Oilers improve to best in NHL 5-0 with win over Golden Knights – .


LAS VEGAS – Zack Kassian scored a decisive goal in the third period and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-3 on Friday night.
Edmonton extended its early-season winning streak to five games. Vegas (1-3-0) lost their third in a row.

Zach Hyman scored twice and Leon Draisaitl added a goal for the Oilers. Mikko Koskinen made 36 saves.

Nic Roy, Nolan Patrick and Nic Hague scored for the Golden Knights. Robin Lehner made 28 saves.

Shortly after Vegas tied the game early in the third period, Kassian responded with a turnaround in the neutral zone. He froze Lehner in the box and slid the puck between the goalie’s pads to give Edmonton the advantage.

Edmonton, which was playing the second game in a row and for the third time in four nights, outscored its opponents 24-13. The Oilers’ plus-11 goal differential is tied with Florida for best in the league.

Meanwhile, the Golden Knights have gone 0 for 3 on the power play and 0 for 9 this season. Vegas is in a 0 for 26 drought with a men’s advantage, dating back to June 6, which was Game 4 of last year’s second round of the playoffs.

Vegas, which lacked first line forwards Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty, struck first when Roy put his stick on defenseman Zach Whitecloud’s shot from the point, redirecting it past Koskinen.

Edmonton equalized five minutes later on a power play when Connor McDavid passed, skated in the box and knocked Lehner out of the box to his right. After McDavid tried to mix the puck in heavy traffic, she deflected Hyman’s right skate and just over the goal line to make it 1-1.

Patrick scored his first goal as a Golden Knight when he redirected Dylan Coghlan’s shot from the blue line, putting Vegas back in the lead.

Hyman scored his second goal of the game, and fifth of the season, when he managed just one pass from McDavid, who recovered the puck from the end of the net and fed his teammate behind the net.

Moments later, Draisaitl scored his third goal of the season when he sent a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins assist past Lehner, giving Edmonton their first lead of the game.

Hague tied the game for Vegas when his blast from the blue line cut through traffic and passed Koskinen in the lower corner.

FOLLOWING

Edmonton: will host Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Vegas: hosts New York Islanders on Sunday

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