Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid each scored twice and the Edmonton Oilers tied their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece with a 5-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night.
Game 3 will be Monday in Edmonton, where the Oilers went 23-12-6 during the regular season.
Drasaitl, who scored four goals in Game 1, now has at least one point in the first eight games of the postseason, tallying 17 points (13 goals, 4 assists).
Meanwhile, McDavid is riding a seven-game scoring streak, with five goals and 11 assists.
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Evan Bouchard also scored for the Oilers, while rookie goaltender Stuart Skinner stopped 30 shots.
Ivan Barbashev spoiled Skinner’s bid for a shutout less than two minutes into the third period by scoring his third goal of the series, the only goal for the Golden Knights.
Las Vegas goaltender Laurent Brossoit stopped 26 of the 31 shots he faced before being pulled after two quarters. Brossoit entered the game 5-0 in his previous five appearances dating back to Game 2 of the first round. Adin Hill finished the game and made four saves in the third period.
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Edmonton had an early power play opportunity, and after Brossoit made three incredible saves, Draisaitl scored his 12th goal of the postseason to put Edmonton up early, 1-0.
The Oilers made it 2-0 seven minutes into the game with their second power play opportunity thanks to Bouchard’s shot from the blue line.
The point production on special teams continued midway through the opening stanza when McDavid stripped the puck from Las Vegas’ Shea Theodore and ignited the afterburner for a short-handed breakaway goal that pushed Edmonton’s lead to 3-0. .
And when Draisaitl scored his second of the game to put Edmonton up 4-0, the Oilers had more goals at the time than the Golden Knights had shots on goal (3).
Vegas finished the first period with four shots on goal, while Edmonton had 19 shots on Brossoit.
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With Jack Eichel in the Las Vegas area, it took just eight seconds for the Oilers to push their lead as McDavis beat Brossoit to make it 5-0.