Oilers tie second round series with Golden Knights at one

Connor McDavid (Connor Mah, Wikimedia Commons)

The Edmonton Oilers are all tied up with the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference second round series at one game apiece. On Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Oilers defeated the Golden Knights 5-1.

Connor McDavid of Richmond Hill, Ontario, and Zach Hyman of Toronto, Ontario, led the Oilers with three points each. McDavid had one two goals and one assist for three points and Hyman had three assists. One of McDavid’s goals was a shorthanded breakaway.

Two more Canadians had a multi-point game for the Oilers. Evan Bouchard of Oakville, Ontario had one goal and one assist for two points, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Burnaby, British Columbia had two assists.

Oilers center Leon Draisaitl continued his remarkable goal scoring pace in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He now has 13 goals in only eight playoff games after scoring twice more in game two. Draisaitl also has four assists for 17 points. Draisaitl’s 13 goals and 17 points lead all players in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Western Conference semifinals now shifts to Edmonton’s Rogers Place for Monday. The Oilers are the only Canadian team to win a game in the second round of the playoffs so far. The Florida Panthers lead the Toronto Maple Leafs two games to none in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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