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Oilers out of Stanley Cup playoffs as Golden Knights use Marchessault’s hat trick to win Game 6

The Vegas Golden Knights knocked the Edmonton Oilers out of Stanley Cup contention and into the NHL’s Western Conference Finals with a 5-2 victory on Sunday.

The Golden Knights extended their best-of-7 Pacific Division four game streak to two.

Vegas took a 4-2 lead into the third period thanks to Jonathan Marchesso’s natural hat trick in the second.

Reilly Smith and William Carlson also scored with an empty netter for the Golden Knights. Goalkeeper Adin Hill made 39 saves for the victory.

Connor McDavid and Warren Vogele scored for Edmonton.

Jack Campbell was replaced in the Oilers’ starting lineup for the third time in four games.

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Oilers eliminated by Golden Knights as Marchessault’s natural hat trick leads

Jonathan Marchessol’s natural hat trick leads Vegas to a 5-2 victory over Edmonton, sweeping their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series in six games.

Skinner stopped 13 of 17 shots in 40 minutes. Campbell had four saves in the third period.

The Golden Knights have reached the NHL Final Four for the fourth time in the team’s six-year history.

Vegas will face the winner of the series between the Dallas Stars and the Seattle Kraken. That streak is tied at three with Game 7 scheduled for Monday.

The Oilers didn’t make the postseason as far as they did in 2022.

Edmonton reached last year’s conference finals before the eventual Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche.

The Golden Knights held Edmonton’s vaunted power play to one goal in Sunday’s second period.

Vegas limited the NHL’s leading scoring team in the regular season to 10 goals in the final four games of this series.

The Soldiers also outshot Edmonton 17:10 at even strength.

Leon Draisaitl, who scored 13 goals in his first eight playoff games, and McDavid were reunited on the same line in the third period Sunday in an attempt to generate more offense.

The Oilers created several chances. McDavid hit a shot off the post. Campbell was pulled for an extra forward with more than three minutes to play, but Hill and the Golden Knights held firm.

A hockey player shakes an opponent's hand after a game as his teammates wait to do the same behind him.
Marchessault (81) and Oilers captain Connor McDavid (97), who scored his eighth goal of the playoffs in a 5-2 loss, shake hands after the series-ending game. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

Seconds after a Vegas power play ended late in the second period, Marcheso completed his hat trick with a four-for-four goal at 18:36.

A cross-ice shot by Alex Pietrangelo from just above the hash marks beat Skinner’s far side.

Alec Martinez’s shot deflected into the air off Skinner’s shoulder and landed on the goal line over Marchessault standing near the crease to score at 7:44.

Tattach redirected a skate to the crease to Marchessault, who fired a shot into the gap at 4:26 as Skinner slid across the goal trying to stop him.

Edmonton scored first in the first five games of the series and was at times guilty of giving up a quick one to Vegas soon after.

The script was flipped in Game 6, where the Golden Knights scored after 24 seconds and the Oilers countered after 31 seconds.

The home team took a 2-1 lead 2:43 into the penalty-free first period when Derek Ryan fed a pass from behind the goal line to Vogele, who fired into the back of the net.

McDavid scored his eighth goal of the playoffs and second at even strength 55 seconds into the opening faceoff.

Brett Kulak reached across the blue line and dished to the Oilers captain on the wing.

The NHL’s playoff-leading 20-pointer beat Hill with a long shot under the goalie’s brake.

Smith scored his second goal in as many games off an Edmonton turnover in his corner.

Skinner cleared the box in Vegas jerseys along the boards, and 24 seconds into the game, the shot bounced past Smith for the Vegas goal.

After an Oilers turnover in their own corner, Smith beat Skinner with 24 seconds left for the second time in as many games.

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