Nu­gent-Hop­kins, McDavid score twice in Oil­ers’ win

Lethbridge Herald - - SPORTS - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS — ED­MON­TON

Ryan Nu­gent-Hop­kins and Con­nor McDavid each had a pair of goals as the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers ex­ploded for an 8-2 vic­tory over the Ve­gas Golden Knights on Tues­day.

Os­car Klef­bom, Patrick Ma­roon, Matt Ben­ning and Mark Letestu also scored for the Oil­ers (7-9-2), who snapped a two-game los­ing skid.

Pierre-Edouard Belle­mare and James Neal scored in re­sponse for the Golden Knights (10-6-1), who have lost three of their last four games.

Ed­mon­ton got a good start to the game with a short-handed goal six-anda-half min­utes into the first pe­riod when Klef­bom con­verted a two-on-one pass from Ju­jar Khaira to beat Ve­gas goalie Maxime La­gace.

The Oil­ers made it 2-0 on the power play with just over two min­utes left in the open­ing pe­riod as Ma­roon fed the puck from be­hind the net to Nu­gen­tHop­kins, who scored his sev­enth of the sea­son.

Ma­roon got a goal of his own just 57 sec­onds later, beat­ing La­gace up high on a shot from the slot.

Ed­mon­ton padded its lead mid­way through the sec­ond when Ben­ning redi­rected a Klef­bom shot on its way to the net, which seemed to catch La­gace by sur­prise.

The Golden Knights got on the board with five min­utes left in the mid­dle frame as Belle­mare tucked a shot over the shoul­der of Oil­ers goalie Cam Tal­bot.

The Oil­ers started the third on the power play and had a goal cred­ited to McDavid af­ter Ve­gas's Deryk En­gel­land in­ad­ver­tently swat­ted it into his own net.

The Golden Knights got that goal back shortly af­ter­wards as Neal scored his 10th of the sea­son.

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