The Golden Knights are playing spoiler as the Oilers’ winning streak ends at 16 games
Chandler Stephenson scored to go ahead, Aden Hill stopped 30 shots, and the Vegas Golden Knights ended the Edmonton Oilers’ 16-game winning streak with a 3-1 win on Tuesday night.
Edmonton was looking to tie the 1992–93 Pittsburgh Penguins for the longest winning streak in the NHL.
Instead, with the game tied 1-1 after two periods, Stevenson received a pass from Jonathan Marchessault and fired a shot from the middle of the left circle to beat Edmonton goaltender Stuart Skinner to put the Golden Knights ahead by one goal. More than two minutes into the third period.
From there, Hill was amazing at keeping the Oilers at bay while keeping the crowd energized until the final horn.
Hill, who came in leading the NHL in goals against average (1.94) and save percentage (.936), saved the night when he blocked Leon Draisaitl on a backdoor one-timer late in the third period.
Nick Roy and William Karlsson also scored for the Golden Knights.
The Oilers haven’t lost a game since December 19
Connor McDavid scored for the Oilers. Skinner made 23 saves.
The Oilers, who opened the season 3-9-1 before coach Jay Woodcroft was fired on Nov. 12, were just 13-15-1 before their winning streak began. Edmonton has not lost a game since December 19 and improved its record to 29-16-1.
The Oilers have an NHL-best 26-7-0 record since Chris Knoblauch’s first game as bench coach on Nov. 13.
Edmonton was not deterred by committing the first penalty. After a poke check by Vincent Desharnais sparked a 2-on-0 rush, McDavid took a pass from Draisaitl and beat Hill to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead on a short-handed goal.
It was McDavid’s 10th goal and 27th point in 17 games for the Oilers.
Vegas tied the game when Roy collected a rebound from the crease, hooked the ball with his backhand, and slotted it past Skinner for his 10th goal of the season.
Karlsson’s empty-net goal with 34 seconds left put the game in Vegas’ favor.
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