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McDavid extends point streak to 10 in Oilers win against Golden Knights

Scores twice, Draisaitl has three assists for Edmonton, which is 5-2-1 in past eight games

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

McDavid's slick finish in front

EDM@VGK: McDavid tucks shot past Fleury in front

Connor McDavid takes a pass from Leon Draisaitl, skates out in front of the net and tucks a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury for a 1-0 lead

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LAS VEGAS -- Connor McDavid scored twice and Leon Draisaitl had three assists for the Edmonton Oilers in a 4-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.

The top two scorers in the NHL, McDavid (46 points) extended his season-long point streak to 10 games (12 goals, 11 assists), and Draisaitl (47 points) has 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in his past 15 games.

"There's lots of talk about us right now but I thought it was a complete effort tonight," McDavid said about he and Draisaitl. "It started with [goalie Mike Smith], it was a good bounce-back game for him, a great bounce-back game for our whole group, a great bounce-back game for Leon and I, and [linemate Zack Kassian]. We weren't good enough in L.A. [a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday], so we responded well."


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Draisaitl had his 13-game point streak end Thursday but responded with his third game of at least three assists in his past seven games.

"We've got a lot of guys in here that have been assessing themselves, assessing ourselves as a team," Draisaitl said. "We respond to those bad nights, or whatever you want to call them. It's a great thing to have and we have to continue that."

Video: EDM@VGK: McDavid pots Draisaitl's feed for PPG

Smith made 25 saves for the Oilers (15-7-3), who are 5-2-1 in their past eight games. It was Smith's 250th NHL win.

Cody Eakin and Shea Theodore scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves for the Golden Knights (11-10-4), who are 2-5-2 in their past nine games.

"It starts with effort," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. "The biggest thing is the effort. The execution wasn't there tonight, but it's got to start with competing and battling and winning those battles. Get your nose dirty a little bit. We've got to get more of a team game."

McDavid scored at 5:17 of the first period to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead. Ethan Bear made it 2-0 at 16:00.

Eakin scored his third goal in four games at 19:40 to cut it to 2-1.

Video: EDM@VGK: Eakin blasts loose puck home in front of net

Markus Granlund scored on a backhand at 12:04 of the second period, his 100th point in the NHL, to give Edmonton a 3-1 lead.

Theodore made it 3-2 at 14:19 with his second goal of the season. He skated through the neutral zone, deked by defensemen Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson and scored five-hole. It was his first goal since Oct. 10.

McDavid scored his seventh goal in the past five games on the power play at 2:11 of the third period for the 4-2 final.

Video: EDM@VGK: Theodore dekes, wires wrister home from slot


They said it

"It's what good teams have to do, and that's what you have to do if you want to get in the playoffs. We can't have those three-, four-, five-game losing streaks. You can't let those points slide by. So, especially in the [Pacific] division, we let one go by in L.A., but had a good effort tonight." -- Oilers center Connor McDavid

"They're obviously vital cogs to what we're trying to do, but they've really bought in to a team atmosphere, the way we want to play as a team. They have their high-end talent that they put on display every night, but they're also playing without the puck really well and they appreciate the guys killing penalties and defending, and it's led to a good team effort, but obviously, they're a part of that." -- Oilers coach Dave Tippett on Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl

"I'm not happy about it, I'm not happy the way we're playing like tonight. A big game, a first-place team in your division, and you got them in your building, and you think you're going to come out with some fire, and there was no fire. There wasn't enough fire for me. Disappointing in that part." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant


Need to know

This was McDavid's third multigoal game this season, all since Nov. 10. He had six last season. … McDavid (15) and Draisaitl (13) have the most points in the NHL against the Golden Knights. … Smith is 250-242-69 in 14 NHL seasons. … Vegas shuffled its top six, putting back its first line of Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith. Max Pacioretty was put on the second line with Eakin and Mark Stone.


What's next

Oilers: At the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

Golden Knights: At the Dallas Stars on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Video: McDavid scores twice to propel Oilers past Vegas, 4-2

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