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Edmonton Oilers' James Neal goes on scoring spree, nets four vs. Islanders

12 October 2019

The 32-year-old helped Edmonton take a dominating lead on the road in NY with a natural hat trick in the first and second periods.

The Islanders scored first when Anthony Beauvillier beat Oilers netminder Mikko Koskinen on a shorthanded breakaway.

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Captain Connor McDavid quietly added three assists of his own, while Leon Draisaitl had a pair of apples himself. He gave the Oilers the lead for good just 96 seconds later, when he was stationed to the left of the net and tucked home a pass from McDavid. Brock Nelson thought he'd pulled the Islanders to within two with just over three minutes left, but it was ruled that he had kicked the puck into the net.

With the Islanders trailing 2-1 after 20 minutes, Beauvillier almost tied it three minutes into the middle period, but his shot was stopped by Koskinen. Thomas Greiss came on and stopped seven of the eight shots he faced. With Edmonton on a power play, Komarov stole the puck from Draisaitl in the Oilers' zone, spun and sent a pass up to Beauvillier, who was streaking to the net from the left side.

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But it was centre Riley Sheahan, playing his first game with the Oilers after missing the first two contests with a concussion, who showed glimpses of giving the team a capable third-line centre. But Neal swooped in, grabbed the puck back and fired a shot past Varlamov from the left faceoff circle.

NY and Edmonton hit the ice in a non-conference matchup.

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The Oilers got a bit of a fluke goal just 53 seconds into the opening period as McDavid muscled his way through the middle and sent a centering pass that deflected off of Los Angeles defenceman Matt Roy and past goalie Jonathan Quick.

Edmonton Oilers' James Neal goes on scoring spree, nets four vs. Islanders