The Edmonton Oilers dominated game four against the Vegas Golden Knights which got the series all tied up at two. Both teams had exchanged plenty of punches (both literally and figuratively) in this matchup.
Coming into game five, it felt likely that the game would be much closer than the previous four and it was. Each team has a lot of skill so anything can happen but they were do for an intense one.
Ahead of the game, both Darnell Nurse and Alex Pietrangelo were suspended because of their actions at the end of game four.
Now, missing one very good defenseman each, they had to find a way to overcome the adversity. Whoever did the best was always going to win the game.
The Edmonton Oilers came up short against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Connor McDavid opened the scoring very early in this one. However, Jack Eichel tied it on his very next shift. These two will always be linked (because of the 2015 draft where they were the first two picks) and now they are exchanging huge playoff goals.
From there, they battled. Late in the second period though, the Knights found themselves up 4-2. That had to feel nice but Keegan Kolesar got a five-minute boarding penalty.
Everyone knows that Edmonton has the most lethal power play in NHL history. McDavid is joined by guys like Leon Draisaitl, Evan Bouchard, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Zach Hyman amongst others. Giving them an advantage for five minutes hurt big time.
The period did end right after the call but they were going to get to carry those power play minutes into the third.
Edmonton got one when Connor McDavid scored on a beautiful play to get them back within one. For Vegas, however, killing the five-minute Major with one goal against is a huge win.
Vegas then held on and won the hockey game by a final score of 4-3. Edmonton had their looks at the end but was unable to find the equalizer. The Golden Knights now have a chance to win the series in Edmonton on Sunday.
We hear a lot about Edmonton’s stars but Vegas has some incredibly notable players that deserve credit as well. In addition to Eichel, Mark Stone, Reilly Smith, and Jonathan Marchessault all had big games as well. They should be proud.
With the Oilers on the brink of elimination, it will be interesting to see what kind of game they bring in game six. Based on how this series has gone so far, you can expect their best.