June 24, 2024

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Tuesday night, ending their 16-game winning streak. Chandler Stephenson scored the game-winning goal, while Adin Hill made 30 saves. Edmonton wanted to equal the record for the longest NHL win streak held by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992–1993.
Rather, less than two minutes into the third period, with the score tied 1-1 after two periods, Stephenson received a feed from Jonathan Marchessault and ripped a shot from the center of the left circle, beating Edmonton goalie Stuart Skinner blocker side to put the Golden Knights ahead by a goal. From then on, Hill was outstanding in fending off the Oilers and sustaining the crowd’s energy until the very last whistle.

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Late in the third period, Hill, who led the NHL in goals-against average (1.94) and save percentage (.936), stopped Leon Draisaitl on a backdoor one-timer, earning the game’s best save. The Golden Knights also had goals from Nic Roy and William Karlsson. The Oilers’ Connor McDavid scored a goal. Skinner stopped 23 shots. Before their winning streak began, the Oilers were only 13-15-1. Coach Jay Woodcroft was fired by the team on November 12 after they had started the season 3-9-1. Edmonton has climbed to 29-16-1 and hadn’t lost a game since December 19. Ever since Kris Knoblauch took over as bench boss on November 13, the Oilers have amassed an NHL-best record of 26-7-0.

Even though Edmonton committed the opening penalty game, it didn’t stop them. The Oilers seized a 1-0 lead thanks to a short-handed goal from McDavid, who beat Hill after Vincent Desharnais’ poke check forced a mistake and resulted in a 2-on-1 rush. In the 17 games that the Oilers had played, it was McDavid’s 10th goal and 27th point. Roy’s 10th goal of the season leveled the score for Vegas when he collected a rebound from the crease, shifted the puck to his backhand, and snapped it past Skinner. With 34 seconds remaining, Karlsson’s empty-net goal put Vegas out of the game.

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