NHL Recaps: Hyman nets two for Oilers; Sharks stay unbeaten; Bruins down Sabres; and Stars edge Kings
The NHL had a light Friday night with four games on the calendar.
It may be early in the season, but the Edmonton Oilers are looking like the team to beat in the Pacific division. By expectedly beating an injury riddles Golden Knights team, they are a perfect 5-0-0 to start the year.
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NHL Recaps: Oilers 5, Knights 3
Leon Draisaitl scored twice in a three-point game and Zack Kassian netted a third-period game-winner to give the Edmonton Oilers a 5-3 victory over the slumping Vegas Golden Knights on Friday in Las Vegas.
Zach Hyman scored twice and goaltender Mikko Koskinen made 36 saves for the Oilers, who have won their first five games of the season.
“Overall it’s been a fun 24 hours,” Koskinen said. “We got four points and showed a lot of character tonight. It wasn’t an easy game for us, but we got a big win.”
Edmonton captain Connor McDavid collected a pair of assists to become just the 12th player in NHL history to start the season with five multi-point games.
Nicolas Roy, Nolan Patrick and Nicolas Hague replied for the Golden Knights, who have lost three straight games and sit at the bottom of the Pacific Division. Goalie Robin Lehner stopped 28 shots.
“We got three tonight, could have had four or five,” Vegas’ coach Peter DeBoer said via NHL.com. “You can’t give up four goals in this league. From an offensive perspective, I feel better about our chances of scoring enough to win with those guys [forwards Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty] out of the lineup for however long they’re out. We’ve got to get our goals-against down now.”
Bruins 4, Sabres 1: Coyle hands Buffalo first loss
Charlie Coyle recorded a goal with two assists and Linus Ullmark stopped 35 shots against his former team as visiting Boston topped previously undefeated Buffalo.
“We just made an adjustment, and it happened to work out,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “It’s normally ‘Pasta’ banging that in so good for Charlie. He shot the puck, something we want more out of at any situation. Happy for him.”
Another ex-Sabre, Taylor Hall, added an empty-netter and an assist, while Tomas Nosek and David Pastrnak also scored and Brad Marchand had two assists for Boston. The Bruins have won three straight against the Sabres and 13 of the past 14 in the series.
Victor Olofsson scored with 5:25 left in regulation, and Craig Anderson made 22 saves for the Sabres.
Sharks 5, Maple Leafs 3: Couture keeps SJ unbeaten
Logan Couture had two goals and an assist, Timo Meier added a goal and an assist and the San Jose won its third straight road game, defeating Toronto.
“It’s huge to start like this,” Couture said. “That was the main focus in training camp, to get off to a good start this year. Last two years, we haven’t and it’s snowballed into tough seasons. We had a really good camp, a really good preseason and we’ve carried it into the regular season.”
Erik Karlsson and Jonathan Dahlen also scored for the Sharks, who have won their first four games of the season. Adin Hill stopped 30 shots for San Jose.
Jason Spezza, Ondrej Kase and John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost two in a row. Michael Hutchinson made 26 saves for Toronto.
Stars 3, Kings 2 (SO): Dallas powers up
Dallas took advantage of a short-handed Los Angeles Kings, getting an overtime goal from Denis Gurianov to win its home opener.
Miro Heiskanen scored the game-tying goal in the third period, while the Stars also got a first-period goal from Tyler Seguin. Braden Holtby stopped 43 shots for the win.
“We thought we had a lot more to give,” said Seguin. “There’s nothing really pretty about tonight, our game. But good teams find ways, and we did tonight. It’s something for us to build off of. We want to make this a hard place to play.”
The Kings, who lost star defenseman Drew Doughty to injury in the second period, got goals from Anze Kopitar and Gabriel Vilardi. Jonathan Quick made 20 saves.
–Field Level Media