Koskinen, Oilers defeat Golden Knights for fifth straight win

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LAS VEGAS — The Edmonton Oilers won their fifth straight game to start the season, 5-3 against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.

The Oilers were playing the second game of a back-to-back after winning 5-1 at the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

Mikko Koskinen made 36 saves starting for the second night in a row for the Oilers, who are 5-0-0 for the fourth time in their history. Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist Zach Hyman scored twice.

Connor McDavid had two assists to become the third active player, and 12th in NHL history to have five multipoint games to begin a season (Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs, seven in 2018-19; Joe Thornton, five in 2012-13 with the San Jose Sharks). McDavid leads the NHL with 13 points (six goals, seven assists).

The Golden Knights (1-3-0) lost their third straight after winning their opener Oct. 12 against the Seattle Kraken. Nicolas Roy had a goal and an assist, and Nolan Patrick scored his first goal with Vegas. Robin Lehner made 29 saves.

Roy scored at 3:34 of the first period to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead, deflecting Zach Whitecloud‘s shot from the point.

Vegas has scored first in all of its games this season.

Hyman scored on the power play at 8:37 of the first to tie it 1-1.

Patrick gave Vegas its second lead 2-1 at 1:25 of the second on a deflection from Dylan Coghlan‘s attempt from the point.

Edmonton answered with two goals in 1:12. Hyman scored his second at 3:55 of the second period to tie it 2-2. 

Draisaitl gave Edmonton a 3-2 lead at 5:07 of the second off a rebound from the top of the right circle.

Nicolas Hague tied it 3-3 on a shot from the point at 2:07 of the third period.

Zack Kassian gave the Oilers a 4-3 lead at 4:33 on a breakaway, beating Lehner five-hole.

Draisaitl scored an empty-net goal at 19:49 for the 5-3 final.

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