Jonathan Marchessault scored his first two playoff goals, Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 on Monday to take a 2-1 lead in their NBA playoff series. second round.

Zach Whitecloud and Chandler Stephenson also scored for Las Vegas. Laurent Brossoit left in pain at 11:44 into the first half after deflecting three of four shots. He seemed to hurt his left leg sliding down the crease. Adin Hill came on and stopped all 25 shots he saw in relief.

Warren Foegele scored the first goal of the game for Edmonton before the Golden Knights responded with five. Stuart Skinner was pulled in the second period after conceding four goals on 23 shots. Jack Campbell replaced him and made nine saves.


Vegas Golden Knights’ Jonathan Marchessault (81) celebrates after his goal against the Edmonton Oilers with teammate Ivan Barbashev (49) during the first period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second round game in Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday, May 8, 2023. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is here on Wednesday night, followed by Game 5 on Friday night in Las Vegas.

The Golden Knights took the series opener 6-4 before falling 5-1 at home.

Skinner was eliminated from Game 4 of Edmonton’s first-round series against the Los Angeles Kings and the Oilers overcame a three-goal deficit to win in overtime with Campbell in the net, but there was no similar comeback this time.

Vegas vowed to spend more time playing even strength and not give Edmonton’s power play 56 percent of the minutes he had in Game 2. The Oilers went 0-for-2 with a one-man lead in the game. , while Vegas was 0 for 4.

Edmonton center Leon Draisaitl, who entered with 13 goals and four assists in eight playoff games, was scoreless for the first time. Oilers captain Connor McDavid also didn’t record a point for the first time since the series opener against LA


Jonathan Marchessault celebrates

Vegas Golden Knights’ Jonathan Marchessault (81) celebrates after his goal against the Edmonton Oilers during first period game action of the second round of NHL hockey Stanley Cup second round in Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday May 8, 2023. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Las Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy wanted more possession of the puck than his team had in Game 2, and the Golden Knights complied.

They led 2-1 and outscored the Oilers 15-7 after 20 minutes, then scored three more second-period goals.

Vegas took a 3–1 lead at 7:25 when Whitecloud skated into the faceoff circle to Skinner’s left and fired over the Edmonton goaltender’s glove.

Eichel beat Skinner on the other side with a wrist snap at 12:03, after Edmonton’s Evan Bouchard fell in the neutral zone to give Eichel a lane. That gave the Golden Knights a three-goal lead and ended Skinner’s night.

The Oilers disallowed a goal due to goaltender interference, but Vegas scored again 20 seconds into that challenge when Nicolas Roy charged from the side and Stephenson converted the rebound at 17:13.

Edmonton scored on the run 2:45 into the game when Foegele redirected Derek Ryan’s pass up on Brossoit.

Adin Hill defends

Edmonton Oilers’ Klim Kostin (21) collides with Las Vegas Golden Knights goalie Adin Hill (33) during the second period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second round playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta on Monday, May 8, 2023. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Eichel and Marchessault combined at 4:44 to even the score at 1-1. Eichel put on a glove and dropped the puck next to the crease. In the flurry that followed, Marchessault wrapped the puck around Skinner’s left bag.

Marchessault scored again with 51 seconds remaining to put Las Vegas ahead for good. Eichel brought the puck to the side of the crease and delivered a backhand pass into the slot for Marchessault to bury.


Oilers forward Zach Hyman played only a few at-bats after his leg collided with Las Vegas defenseman Nicolas Hague’s at 6:36.