The Vegas Golden Knights found a way to hold on to game one and defeat the Edmonton Oilers despite the four-goal performance by Leon Draisaitl. They did what they needed to do to squeak out a win.
They came into game two thinking that a win would create a commanding lead for them. That would have been correct, however, as it is always very difficult to come back from being down 0-2.
Things didn’t go in the way of Vegas, however, as Edmonton really took it to them in every way. That included a 19-4 shot advantage in the first period. The Oilers scored on 4 of those 19 shots.
Two of those goals, to no one’s surprise, came from the stick of Draisaitl. Connor McDavid scored as well in addition to Evan Bouchard. Two of them were power-play goals and one was a short-handed tally. Special teams are clearly playing a big role.
The Edmonton Oilers really put it on the Vegas Golden Knights in game two.
Later in the game, McDavid scored his second of the game to make it a 5-0 lead for the Oilers. It was as good of a showing as they’ve had through two periods at any point in the playoffs.
Although it was pretty evident that Edmonton was going to win heading into the third with a 5-0 lead, Vegas didn’t give up at all. Vegas outshot Edmonton 14-4 in the third period and scored the only goal.
However, the Oilers were able to hang on and win the game by a final score of 5-1. It was a very good game for them all around. They took their foot off the gas a little bit in the third but that is natural sometimes. Both teams will come out ready to play in the third game of the series.
We will see the series shift to Edmonton now where the Oilers will be feeling good about their game. They kept their all-time great power play going well into the playoffs so far and will be looking to keep that going as the series progresses.
If Vegas is going to come back, they need some of their stars to shine in the upcoming games and it starts with their captain, Mark Stone. Hopefully, some other guys can get back on the scoresheet in this series.
We want to see Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid put on a show. So far, McDavid has but we need to see more for the Vegas superstar. Don’t expect either team to go away quietly.