Oilers offence dries up in Game 3 blowout loss to Golden Knights
Jonathan Marchessault scored his first two goals of the playoffs for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday to take their playoff series to two games to one.
Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists for Vegas, while teammates Zach Whitecloud and Chandler Stevenson each scored.
Edmonton’s Warren Vogele scored the first goal of the game before the Golden Knights countered with five.
Brosseau appeared to have injured his left leg sliding across the crease. Adin Hill stopped all 25 shots he faced in relief.
Stewart Skinner homered in the second period for Jack Campbell as Vegas scored a fourth goal on 23 shots. Campbell made nine saves.
WATCH l Marchessault scores twice to lead Golden Knights past Oilers.
Game 4 of the Best of 7 Pacific Finals is Wednesday at Rogers Place, followed by Game 5 in Las Vegas on Friday.
If required, Game 6 is Sunday in Edmonton and Game 7 is May 16 in Vegas.
The Golden Knights finished the series 6-4 before losing 5-1 at home.
Skinner was ejected from Edmonton’s Game 4 of the first round against the Los Angeles Kings.
Vegas has vowed to spend more time playing at even strength and will not allow Edmonton’s vaunted power play, which ran 56 percent of its minutes in Game 2.
The Oilers were 0-for-2 with the man advantage while Vegas was 0-for-4.
Edmonton center Leon Draisaitl was averaging 1.69 points per game before being shut out for the first time Monday.
Oilers captain Connor McDavid also went scoreless for the first time since the game against Los Angeles.
Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy wanted his players’ sticks more than they did in Game 2, and the Knights obliged.
WATCH l Vegas’ Brossoit has to be helped off the ice after suffering an injury.
Vegas was leading 2-1 and outscored the hosts 15-7 after 20 minutes. “Knights” sent 3 unanswered goals in the second period.
The Oilers had the goal reversed due to goalie interference, but Vegas struck again within 20 seconds of the challenge.
Nicholas Roy had a shot from the rim and Stevenson had a rebound at 17:13 of the second period.
That goal ended Skinner’s night.
Vegas led 3-1 at 7:25 when Whitecloud slid to Skinner’s left and fired a shot over the Edmonton goalie’s glove.
The first half was penalty-free until the whistle when Evander Kane was called for a cross-check on Alex Pietrangelo.
Marcheso, the Knights’ leading scorer in the regular season, ended their playoff drought in the first round.
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He scored his second goal in 51 seconds. Eichel took the puck to the side of the crease and made a pass to the slot to bury it to Marchessault.
Oilers forward Zach Hyman was uncomfortable and played just a few shifts after his leg collided with Vegas defenseman Nicholas Hague at 6:36.
Eichel and Marcheso combined at 4:44 to tie the score at 1-1. Eichel handcuffed a pop fly and dropped a bunt at the crease.
In the ensuing flurry, Marcheso wrapped up Skinner’s left pad.
Edmonton scored at 2:45 when Vogele redirected a Derek Ryan pass from the Vegas crease over Brossoit.
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