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Oilers bounce back against Golden Knights to even series 2-2

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his first goal of the playoffs and also had an assist in the Edmonton Oilers’ 4-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday to even their streak at two wins apiece.

Nick Bjugstad, Evan Bouchard and Matias Ekholm were the other goals for Edmonton. Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner made 25 saves in the win.

After they were shut out in Game 3, Edmonton senior Connor McDavid had two assists and Leon Draisaitl had one.

Game 5 of the best-of-7 Pacific Division final is Friday in Las Vegas.

The series returns to Edmonton for Game 6 on Sunday. If required, Game 7 would be Tuesday in Vegas.

WATCH |: Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid lead the Oilers in Game 4 against the Golden Knights.

Oilers even series with the Golden Knights as Nugent-Hopkins, McDavid lead the way

Edmonton ties its second-round playoff series with Vegas 4-1 in two games apiece. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scores his first goal of the postseason to finish with two points and Connor McDavid has two assists.

Nicholas Roy scored the Golden Knights’ only goal in the third period.

Vegas goalie Adin Hill stopped 29 shots in his first NHL playoff start after playing minutes in the previous two games of the series.

The Golden Knights won the first game in Las Vegas 6-4 and the Oilers 5-1.

In Game 3 at Rogers Place, the Knights won 5-1, so Edmonton was split at home.

Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo committed a major and game foul with less than two minutes to play.

After Draisaitl deflected a shot into the empty net, Pietrangelo deflected the Oilers with his hands.

Roy fired a lofted shot over Skinner’s glove at 5:58 of the third period for his first goal of the playoffs.

Of Edmonton’s trio of 100-point men in the regular season alongside McDavid and Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins had yet to score through nine playoff games.

So he happily beat Hill with a wrist shot from the field into McDavid’s boards that made it 4-0 at 14:45 of the second period.

The Oilers committed back-to-back penalties midway through the second period. Zach Hyman cross-checked a minor and Skinner was penalized for playing a knock outside the trapezoid.

Pietrangelo fired a shot off the crossbar on the Knights’ second man advantage.

Edmonton led 3-0 at 13:30 of the opening period. Ekholm scored his first goal of the playoffs with a shot from the top of the faceoff circle to beat away side Hill.

Vegas captain Mark Stone threw the game back in pain after Edmonton’s near net. Stone missed 39 regular season games after back surgery, but returned for the playoffs.

With Knights defenseman Shea Theodore serving up a minor, Bouchard scored her fourth goal of the playoffs at 7:38.

McDavid fed Bouchard from behind the goal line for a one-timer.

Edmonton’s power play didn’t hit the 56 percent rate it did during the playoffs, going 1-for-6, but the Oilers scored a series-high three-pointers.

Edmonton also held the Golden Knights scoreless with four chances to play.

Bjugstad, coming off the Edmonton bench, forced Theodore into a turnover in the offensive zone.

When Klim Kostin missed the net, Bjugstad collected the ball behind the goal line and fired a shot past Hills’ leg at 6:46.

Hyman did not skate Tuesday or Wednesday morning, but did play Wednesday night.

His foot collided with Knights defenseman Nicholas Hague during Monday’s game, and Hyman finished the game in discomfort.

Matias Janmark is also back in Edmonton’s lineup after falling behind on the boards in Game 1.

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