Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist to help the Oilers beat the Golden Knights 4-1 to even the series at 2-2.


EDMONTON, Alta. (AP) – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 on Wednesday night to even their second-round playoff series at two games apiece.

Nick Bjugstad, Evan Bouchard and Matthias Ekholm also scored as the Oilers took a four-goal lead into the second period. Connor McDavid had two assists and Stuart Skinner stopped 25 shots.

Nicolas Roy scored for Vegas in the third period. Adin Hill stopped 29 shots in his first NHL playoff start after playing minutes in the previous two games of the series.

Game 5 of the seven-game series is Friday in Las Vegas, with Game 6 returning to Edmonton on Sunday.

A huge foul on Golden Knights guard Alex Pietrangelo with less than 90 seconds left in the game. After Leon Draisaitl’s shot from the empty net, Pietrangelo pounced on the Oilers’ forward.

It ended a penalty-filled third period with all the fouls coming in the final 10 minutes. Vegas’ Chandler Stevenson and Jonathan Marchessault were fouled earlier in the period, as were Edmonton’s Kyler Yamamoto and Evander Kane. In addition, Nicholas Hague of the Golden Knights and Nurse Darnell of the Oilers were ejected for fighting, and the nurse also received a provocative penalty and a foul. Vegas’ Brett Howden also got fouled with 25 seconds left.

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