The Edmonton Oilers and Vegas Golden Knights had a very entertaining first game of their second-round series. As expected, a lot of goals were scored in the contest.
Vegas ended up pulling out the big win though, pushing the series to a 1-0 lead in their favor. Now, Edmonton is looking to get the series evened up on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.
In game one, Leon Draisaitl scored a remarkable four goals to keep the Oilers in the game, but it wasn’t enough. He has exploded so far in these playoffs as he usually does. Edmonton needs him to keep it up.
Connor McDavid is in the same boat. He is doing more of the playmaking right now than goal-scoring, but that is okay. He looks to be on another level as well now that the second round has started.
The Oilers and Golden Knights put on a show in the first game of the series.
The Oilers probably feel like they wasted another good performance from their two stars in game one, but they have to forget about it and bounce back. Their depth has been there this year, and they need some more to show this time around.
As for the Vegas Golden Knights’ top players, they came to play in the first game of the series as well. Mark Stone, their captain, got back from injury just in time for the playoffs. He has been an animal so far through their first six playoff games.
Guys like Chandler Stephenson, Jack Eichel, and Alex Pietrangelo have been amazing as well. If they keep dominating like this, they can literally win the whole thing.
This second game might not have 10 goals or anything like that, but it should see some more of this amazing skill on display for 60 minutes or more. Each of these two teams believes that they can at minimum be the Western Conference Champions, and why shouldn’t they?
Any game that involves the Oilers is sure to be exciting, but when you put a team like the Golden Knights on the other side, you know some awesome stuff is going to happen.
We will know a lot about the future of this series based on the result of game two. It could be over somewhat quickly if Vegas wins, or Edmonton could show us that it is far from being over.