Oilers’ 16-game win streak snapped by Knights (1:42)
The Las Vegas Golden Knights seize a 3-1 win to interrupt the Oilers’ 16-game win streak. (1:42)
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Feb 7, 2024, 12:52 AM ET
Chandler Stephenson scored the go-ahead objective, Adin Hill stopped 30 photographs and the Vegas Golden Knights introduced an finish to the Edmonton Oilers‘ 16-game profitable streak with a 3-1 victory on Tuesday night time.
Edmonton was trying to tie the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins for the longest NHL win streak.
As a substitute, with the sport tied 1-1 after two durations, Stephenson took a move from Jonathan Marchessault and ripped a shot from the middle of the left circle to beat Edmonton goalie Stuart Skinner blocker aspect to place the Golden Knights in entrance by a objective lower than two minutes into the third interval.
From there, Hill was spectacular in retaining the Oilers at bay whereas retaining the group energized till the ultimate horn.
“I appreciated a number of the elements of our recreation,” Edmonton captain Connor McDavid, who scored within the loss, mentioned. “I believed it was an analogous sort recreation that we have performed all through the streak. We simply did not discover a solution to get a win. Their goalie performed nicely, and made some large saves.”
Hill, who got here in main the NHL in goals-against common (1.94) and save proportion (.936), made the save of the night time when he stymied Leon Draisaitl on a backdoor one-timer late within the third interval.
Nic Roy and William Karlsson additionally scored for the Golden Knights.
“Sadly, we got here up slightly bit brief,” Edmonton coach Kris Knoblauch mentioned. “I believe an enormous turning level within the recreation was the late objective [Vegas] scored within the first interval. After which for us, it was simply missed alternatives. I believe the possibilities had been there.”
Skinner made 23 saves within the loss, and Draisaitl and Vincent Desharnais picked up assists alongside the way in which.
“We could not bear down on our possibilities, I felt,” Edmonton defenseman Mattias Ekholm mentioned. “I felt we created lots within the second [period], in all probability deserved a objective or two. In these tight video games, these little particulars, these well timed objectives matter in an enormous approach.”
The Oilers, who opened the season 3-9-1 earlier than firing coach Jay Woodcroft on Nov. 12, had been simply 13-15-1 earlier than their win streak began. Edmonton hadn’t misplaced a recreation since Dec. 19 and has improved its file to 29-16-1.
The Oilers have an NHL-best 26-7-0 file since Kris Knoblauch’s first recreation as bench boss on Nov. 13.
“There have been some breakdowns, it wasn’t an ideal recreation,” Knoblauch mentioned. “However total, I believed the hassle was good, and we simply could not capitalize on our possibilities.”
Edmonton wasn’t deterred by committing the primary penalty recreation. After Desharnais’ poke examine pressured a turnover to spring a 2-on-0 rush, McDavid took a move from Draisaitl and beat Hill to offer the Oilers a 1-0 lead with a short-handed objective.
It was McDavid’s tenth objective and twenty seventh level through the Oilers’ 17-game run.
“We’ve to maneuver on,” McDavid mentioned. “We’ve to play some good hockey coming down the stretch right here.”
Vegas tied the sport when Roy gathered a rebound from the crease, labored the puck to his backhand and snapped it previous Skinner for his tenth objective of the season.
“It felt like a playoff recreation tonight,” Hill mentioned. “It was loud, followers had been into it, so, it was a very good ambiance.”
Karlsson’s empty-net objective with 34 seconds left iced the sport for Vegas.
“It was a good recreation, it might have gone both approach,” Ekholm mentioned. “I believed we performed fairly good, [but] there’s one other degree to our recreation.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.