The Edmonton Oilers were blown out by the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night by a final score of 5-1. That came one game after the exact score was in Edmonton’s favor a few nights before that.
Each team seems to be exchanging punches with each other (both literally and figuratively) in this series. On Wednesday night, the Oilers took it to the Vegas Golden Knights by a final score of 4-1.
We knew that the superstars in Edmonton wouldn’t go pointless for a second straight game. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl amongst others did their thing.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who had 100 points in the regular season, finally scored his first of the playoffs as well. It took him longer than expected but now he has that burden off of his shoulders. Expect more big goals from him.
The Edmonton Oilers and Vegas Golden Knights keep exchanging big wins.
The history of the first four games suggests that a big game is coming from Vegas but this feels like where things tighten up a little bit. Late in the second round could be when we see all of these teams still alive start to play a better defensive game after all these blowouts.
Vegas may still win the next game but it is hard to see this series continue the way that it has. The stars on both sides will continue to put the puck in the net but you might see the games get closer to being equal.
This game also ended with some issues. Alex Pietrangelo made a very bad decision and baseball swung his bat at Leon Draisaitl. Edmonton’s superstar was down on the ice for a couple of seconds but he got up and appeared to be okay.
Pietrangelo was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for that so there is a good chance that he sees some supplemental discipline for this. It wouldn’t be surprising if he gets a game or two for his as it was a rather malicious choice.
There were a few other fighting majors and misconducts that came after that as well so you can expect some bad blood to carry over into game five. With the series tied up, this is what makes hockey so great.
This is a great rivalry in the making between two angry but elite teams. Because of the skill, this series was always going to rule but now you can add some animosity to it all. We’ll see what kind of hockey we get with it as both teams want that Stanley Cup so bad.