Jonathan Marchessault scored his first two targets of the playoffs, Jack Eichel had a objective and an help, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 on Monday evening 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 objective 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 objective 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, Could 8, 2023. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press by way of AP)
Recreation 4 of the best-of-seven collection is right here Wednesday evening, adopted by Recreation 5 on Friday evening at Las Vegas.
The Golden Knights took the collection opener 6-4 earlier than falling 5-1 at house.
Skinner was faraway from Recreation 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 additional time with Campbell in web, however there was no related 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 Recreation 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 document some extent for the primary time for the reason that collection opener in opposition to L.A.
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Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy wished extra puck possession than his crew had in Recreation 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 aspect with a wrist shot at 12:03, after Edmonton’s Evan Bouchard fell within the impartial zone to provide Eichel a lane. That gave the Golden Knights a three-goal lead and ended Skinner’s evening.
The Oilers obtained a objective 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 aspect 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.