Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals, including what proved to be the game-winner early in the third, and Malcolm Subban had 16 saves to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night in Las Vegas.
Mark Stone, Cody Eakin, Brayden McNabb and Alex Tuch also scored goals, and William Karlsson and Reilly Smith each had two assists for Vegas (40-27-5, 85 points), which won for the eighth time in nine games.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl and Kris Russell scored goals, and Connor McDavid had two assists for Edmonton (32-33-7), which remained seven points out of the second wild card in Western Conference. It was the eighth straight multi-point game for McDavid, who now has 105 points this season.
Mikko Koskinen finished with 28 saves for the Oilers, who had a four-game road win streak snapped.
Stone gave Vegas a 1-0 lead at the 5:40 mark of the first period with his 31st goal of the season, one-timing a shot off from the bottom of the right circle off a Karlsson pass.
Edmonton tied it eight minutes later on Nugent-Hopkins’ 23rd of the season, a slap shot from the top of the slot off a feed from McDavid.
Eakin then put the Golden Knights ahead 2-1 just before the end of the period. He took a cross-ice pass from Tomas Nosek and broke in free from the left side, firing a shot over Koskinen’s left shoulder.
Draisaitl tied it just 22 seconds into the second period with his 43rd goal of the season. McDavid won a faceoff in the right circle and then quickly turned and fed Draisaitl in the slot, where he fired a shot past Subban’s glove side.
Vegas rebounded to take a 4-2 lead on a pair of goals by Marchessault, both from the slot and beating Koskinen high on his glove side.
Russell brought the Oilers back to within a goal with his third of the season and first in 27 games, on a slap shot from the left point through traffic past Subban’s glove side at the 5:52 mark of the third period.
McNabb then put Vegas ahead by two goals with a wrist shot from the left point that squirted past Koskinen, who was hit by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the blue paint on the play. Tuch sealed the win with his 19th goal with 3:28 to go, stealing the puck from Draisaitl and firing a shot through Koskinen’s pads.
—Field Level Media