Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights finally had their chance to play against the future of the NHL in Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place.
The Edmonton Oilers jumped on the scoresheet first when they were shorthanded courtesy of a 2 on 1 rush play from Jujhar Khaira and Oscar Klefbom.
It was a backdoor pass feed from Khaira that connected with Klefbom as he beat Maxime Lagace to give the Oilers the early 1-0 lead at the 6:28 mark.
Later in the 1st period, the scoring continued for Edmonton and this time it was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who extended the Oilers lead over the Golden Knights.
Nugent-Hopkins power play goal was courtesy of a beautiful play by Patrick Maroon who was set up below the icing line as RNH snapped the puck past Lagace for his 7th of the season with 2:18 left in the opening period.
57 seconds later the Oilers attack and the next man up for Edmonton would be Maroon who converted from a feed pass by Leon Draisaitl and went top shelf on Lagace that gave the hosts of the night a commanding 3-0 lead.
In the middle frame, the Oilers went back to work on Vegas and it was Edmonton defenseman Matt Benning who deflected a shot from the point by Klefbolm that made it’s way past Lagace which gave them a commanding 4-0 lead over the Golden Knights with 9:41 left.
It wasn’t until the 14:41 mark of the 2nd period where the Golden Knights would finally get themselves on the board. The man to get it done for Vegas was Pierre-Édouard Bellemare who broke Cam Talbot‘s shutout bid. Bellemare’s goal was made possible by Tomas Nosek who won a board battle against Edmonton’s Yohann Auvitu.
Nosek dished the puck to Bellemare who sniped it past Talbot and brought it to a 4-1 Edmonton lead.
Bellemare Puts Vegas On The Scoreboard
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare gets Vegas on the board to make it 4-1 Oilers! pic.twitter.com/MjJjbNGt0p
— NHL Daily 365 (@NHLDaily365) November 15, 2017
The momentum of the game shifted back in Oilers favor where Connor McDavid put himself on the scoresheet for Edmonton thanks to an own goal by Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland within the 1st minute of the final period and made it 5-1.
27 seconds later, James Neal closed the gap a bit with his 10th goal of the season from a rebound bid by blueliner Colin Miller that brought the contest to a 5-2 Oilers score.
Neal Closes The Gap For The Golden Knights
— Golden Knights Realm (@TheVegasRealm) November 15, 2017
However, for the Golden Knights, their 3rd-period woes on the road away from “The Fortress” appeared and the Edmonton Oilers dominated the rest of the final period.
McDavid would get his 2nd goal of the game that was a wicked wrister in the slot that beat Lagace blocker side that put the Oilers up 6-2 over Vegas with 15:02 remaining in the 3rd from Draisaitl.
Less than 4 minutes later the Edmonton attack remained solid against the Golden Knights as veteran forward Milan Lucic fed Nugent-Hopkins the puck in the defensive zone, on that play, he recorded his 2nd of the game as his slick wrister shot found the back of the net past Lagace.
The Oilers 7th goal of the night would seal the deal for Lagace as Head Coach Gerard Gallant finally pulled the trigger and made the goalie swap for 19-year-old Dylan Ferguson with 9:41 left in the 3rd.
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Maxime Legace left tonight's game after allowing 7-goals and getting injured.
— Complete Hockey News (@CompleteHkyNews) November 15, 2017
Ferguson has been with the team after the injury that Oscar Dansk suffered on their Eastern Conference road swing.
With Ferguson in relief for Vegas, it did not take long for him to allow his first ever NHL goal as he surrendered it Edmonton Oilers forward Mark Letestu while the Golden Knights were shorthanded. Letestu’s power-play marker was a beautiful feed by Zack Kassian that gave Edmonton an 8-2 lead.
The 8-2 score of the game would be final as the Golden Knights dropped their 6th road game in 7 tries (1-5-1) and their overall after the loss put them at 10-6-1.
For Vegas, they finish up their 2-game road trip to Western Canada on Thursday vs the Vancouver Canucks.
Postgame Thoughts From Ferguson (Courtesy Of Vegas Golden Knights Twitter Account)
“It’s not the outcome we wanted. But my dream just came true.” —Dylan Ferguson pic.twitter.com/zXAgqBjcl6
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) November 15, 2017
3 Stars Of The Game
Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid (2 goals and 1 assist)
Edmonton Oilers: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2 goals)
Edmonton Oilers: Cam Talbot (22 save performance with a .920)